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Date: 2/22/06 7:36 AM

Does anyone have clear directions on making bias tape in one long strip. I saw the instructions in SewNews 3/06 but they are confusing to me. Thanks!!!

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Date: 2/22/06 9:40 AM

Here is a pretty good one, with both illustrations and clear description.

continuous bias strip

You can find more by googling "make your own bias tape" or "make continuous bias tape".

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Date: 2/22/06 11:07 AM

More information on bias bindings. I hope this helps.

Info on bias bindings

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Date: 2/22/06 9:06 PM

I cut bias all the time for quilt bindings. Why, oh why do folks have to make it so unnecessarily complicated - like the two websites referred to above???

You DO NOT need to start with a square. You do need an on-grain rectangle. Remove selvages. Make a 45 degree cut somewhere, anywhere through it. Sew the straight grain edges together to form a parallelogram. But forget about making the tube like those websites recommend. Tubes are for folks that don't have rotary cutters! Cut strips your desired width parallel to the bias cut edges using a rotary cutter and an accurate ruler. Sew them together end to end, right sides together.

Oh boy, do they make those calculations cumbersome!!!! I like math as much or more than anyone, but put away your calculator and forget the square roots! Generally, you need EXACTLY the same amount of fabric you would use if you were cutting straight-grain binding. So, for a quilt, calculate the length of your perimeter in inches. Divide by 40, and round up to a whole number. (40 is a nice round number, the effective width of most quilting cottons, plus a bit of goof-room). Multiply this whole number by the width of your binding strips. I usually add a tiny bit extra because you will have more seams. But your total area will be the same.

So, for example, a quilt measuring 65" x 70", your perimeter length would be 65 70 65 70=270". Divide by 40 and round up = 7. I usually cut my binding 2" wide so I will need a minimum of 14" of 44"/45" fabric to cut my binding (straight or bias!) For bias, I'll allow myself an extra inch or so.

Jennifer in Calgary
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Date: 2/23/06 1:19 PM

Thanks, I'll check these out.

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Date: 2/23/06 9:32 PM

I think that the Clover Bias Tape Makers are a good investment for this type of thing. It takes any guess work out - all you have to do is cut and iron.

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Date: 2/23/06 9:59 PM

I have a couple sizes of the Clover Bias Tape Makers, and they are FABULOUS. I haven't used them in a while, but they make the process so much easier!

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Date: 6/24/12 11:58 PM

I know this is an old thread, but wanted to share a method I found for making continuous bias tape. I searched the web and found several sites showing a method that ends with sewing a tube and cutting it with scissors.

The method I ended up using allowed me to use a rotary cutter for most of the cutting, and requires a seam around three sides of a folded 1/2 yard piece. It will produce 7 - 10 yards of continuous binding. I did have to look at two different websites before the instructions "clicked."

bitter purl has photos and instructions:
bitterpurl

artgalleryfabrics has a PDF with diagrams and instructions:
artgalleryfabrics

click where it says instructions "here" and it will pull up the PDF.

And just in case you need to make binding, and don't have a bias tape maker, bee-inspired has a neat method to fold and press the strip:
bee-inspired

Have fun!

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Date: 6/25/12 0:28 AM

This is a tutorial I found recently that has lots of useful photos, and really clearly explains it all

Understanding and Making Bias Tape

This is the tutorial I use for continuous bias, which also has yardage yields included too
The Dread Pirate Rodgers Continuous Bias Tape tutorial
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Date: 6/11/13 11:21 PM

Bumping

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