Binding Tutorial Posts
Binding Basics Post #3
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Have you ever needed to make a bias binding but you don't have enough fabric? I needed to make a bias binding but the only thing I had left that matched was a few jelly roll strips. Now if my project didn't have curves I could have just pieced them together, but since I needed a bias binding I had to come up with another solution.
1. Start by figuring out how many strips you'll need to make your binding. Determine the length of binding you'll need to go around your project. Then follow the formula below/
Binding Length / 40 = X
X + 1 = # of strips you need.
For my project I used 5 leftover jelly roll strips.
2. Sew the strips together with a 1/4" seam and press open. Offset each strip by approximately 2" to avoid waste in cutting.
3. Use the 45° angle on your ruler to trim the ends off of the strip set. If your ruler doesn't have a 45° angle you can use the marks on your cutting mat.
4. Turn the strip around and begin cutting your binding. I cut my strips at 2.25" wide.
5. Continue cutting along the entire strip.
6. Match the ends and sew them with a 1/4" seam. More details are in post #1. Press the seams open. Repeat to create one long strip.
7. Press the strip in half WST to finish the binding.
9. Roll the binding up until you are ready to use it.
This method can also be used with leftover bias binding strips of any length. Make sure the scraps are the same width & piece the ends together as shown in step #6. If some strips are longer & you want a scrappier look, cut them into multiple pieces or create a small strip set as shown in step #2
Coming up next I'll show you how to apply this binding to inner and outer curves.
© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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