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March 01, 2006


I tried it on paper and it worked perfectly! Thanks for the great tip, which comes in really handy as I'm going to attempt making my first quilt.

I recently used this technique when I made piping for a comforter. It is confusing the first try but is definitely the way to go if you need more than a small amount of bias. It is amazing how much you can get out of a small amount of fabric.

Thank you for this! Now I can make my own quilt binding, no problem. You explained it perfectly. Thanks!

Thanks so much for posting this!!

now that is clever. i love learning new tricks for saving time,energy and fabric!

thank you -- i'm working up the nerve to try a baby quilt. you're the best!

This is my favorite technique for cutting bias binding, and the only one I use! I first learned of it from instructions in my Fons and Porter quilting book--one of the best references out there. Isn't it fun, once you have the grunt work of drawing all the lines on, to just cut and cut and cut and end up with a magical length of bias binding? Great tutorial.

seriously-I just tried this last saturday!! no kidding ho weird is that? i used NO math and made it too narrow-but it's awesome and I will never go back to ears now (except for triangles. . .) thanks for all this!

Thanks ever so much for posting this! I know I have seen a similair explanation in a book somewhere, but couldn't remember where. -And you explain it so well! This is definitely the way I'm going to make my bias binding in the future :-)

I tried doing this technique on paper. Everything went OK until I got to the seam-sewing. You said to fold in thirds (I assume that is right sides together?), but don't you have to fold in half in order to sew the seam? And won't the quarter inch seam mess up the alignment? Sorry, I seem to have a problem visualizing this -- I think I am perceptually-challenged. Please help.

HELP - I am thrilled to learn this new method of making continuous bias binding but what do I do about matching a 2 1/2 inch plaid before sewing the tube together? When I try matching the dots, the repeat doesn't work. If I fudge it and match the repeat, I'm afraid the lines will be wobbly???????

This was my second attempt at continuous bias binding and found it very easy to do. Much easier than the first time I tried. My only problem was not using the right measurements and I came up short with the binding. But, I know what I did wrong. Thanks!

I have been a quilter for some time but always thought it was too hard to make a bias binding...your instructions are easy to follow and I will do this from now on...thanks

Great instructions. I already knew how to do it using a square, but a rectangle is so much more practical for me since I'm often using what is leftover from cutting borders. Thanks!

Thanks so much for this formula. My mom has used this for years, but could not remember the formula and I searched the web and found it easy.

I was thrilled to find these directions. They are so clear except for the part about folding in thirds, so I just ignored it. It would be better to tell folks to line up the left side of the 6 inch first cut with the correct line at the top which is over one strip and then sew the tube as directed. I figured it out by reading some previously confusing directions which only made sense at that part if one just knew where to start........I am crocheting rugs and that calls for a lot of long strips......Hurray!! No more constant sewing of small strips together.

Totally confused about the bias tape directions. I have tried and tried but feel like I am missing a part of my brain....What am I doing wrong???


Can you tell me how to sew the bias binding (the directions were great) to a Double Wedding quilt. I just can't seem to get it sewed on properly.

This is very clear and clever! Thank you!

Thanks so much for sharing the calculation! I always have odd rectangles leftover from making borders and a rectangle makes more efficient use of leftovers than a square.

I learned of this years ago, but lost the directions. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

I am trying this with paper and am not quite sure about the folding to make the tube. I'm sure it is not so difficult, my brain just can't figure it out. I will be using this for the binding and ties for an apron so this would be better than having to buy a lot of seam biding that does not match!

Wow, I had done this years ago but had forgotten how and now need long bias again. Thanks for sharing. The technique is wonderful

If I want to make the binding wider how do I calculate the difference?


Then you would just change the 2.5" in my formula to your desired width.


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