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How to use a bias making tool

Use a bias making tool

This tutorial is written by Linda from Sewing Bee Fabrics who sell fabric, haberdashery and sewing accessories. Find more free sewing tutorials on their site.

Using a bias binding making tool is a quick and easy way to make bias binding.  First off you need to cut the material. The example in going to show you is with a 1 inch tool. This is the easiest for beginners as its much harder to miss catching your fabric and bias in your stitching if there is more material to aim for!  So to make 1 inch bias, you will need double the width for the amount of fabric to cut – 2 inches.

Decide whether you need your binding cut straight or on the bias (at 45 degree angle). Bias is inherently stronger and has more stretch which is why it’s favoured for binding sleeves and neck lines. I would recommend using a bias cut if you material has any stretch to it or will be undergoing strain.  You can use straight cut binding but it will not have very much stretch in it.

Make your own bias binding

Tips for cutting the bias binding

• To find the direction of the weave find a loose thread and pull. Bias tape should be cut at a 45 degree angle to where the thread was lying

• Use a template of some sort to mark. This could be 2 inch strips of newspaper or wrapping paper that can be pinned on and trimmed round, some cardboard cut to 2 inch to draw around with taylors chalk, or if you can find 1 inch wide masking tape, just lay 2 lines side by side on the fabric. This is especially good if your trying to avoid pin holes. I have a 2 inch wide meter ruler stick so I just lay this down and mark either side.

• Start with a square of fabric with the weave parallel to the straight lines of the square. Mark corner to corner – this is your 45 degree angle to line your template up against.

• If you need a length longer than your fabric, simply cut multiple strips and join, making sure you press the seams open.

• Always cut at least 3 inches more than you think you will need as you will likely loose some fabric overlapping the join, or tidying ends up on your project. It is easier to cut fabric off than it is to try to add an extra inch if you underestimated how much you need.

Technique to make bias binding

You may need to use an awl (pointy stick tool) or a pin to help ease it through the end.

Make bias binding

Pull enough out for the width of your iron. Press the fabric you just pulled through.

Pressing bias binding

Keep the Iron down and move the tool the same amount.

Make binding for dressmaking or quilting

Press and repeat until you have the finished length of bias binding for your sewing project.

Making bias binding

Now your bias binding is ready to use why not take a look at this post on how to use a bias binding foot.