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Bias binding is useful for all sorts of sewing projects, whether you’re making clothing, altering garments or customising to your own style. It’s actually surprisingly simple to make your own continuous strip of bias binding – and something that’s very handy to have within your sewing stash!
Fold the fabric square in half diagonally, and then lightly press using an iron on a low setting. Unfold the fabric and you should have a visible line where it’s been pressed. This line will be the base for all your other strips.
Decide how big you want your completed binding to be; 1cm is usually a good size for general sewing projects, if you just want to add finishing touches. If you want 1cm showing at the end, multiply that length by 4 and that’s the width you want to mark out.
Use the main line in the middle to mark all of your widths off using a ruler or seam gauge, and then draw the lines you’ve marked using a fabric marker. They can all be next to one another – there’s no need to leave a gap for cutting out each strip.
Cut all the strips using scissors and then square off each one; this will make it easier to sew them together.
Place your strips (right sides together) at a 90 degree angle. Pin them in place and then sew along the square that they make, along the diagonal.
Trim the seam allowance and press open with an iron. Continue joining strips on until you have your desired length of binding.
When you’re happy with the length, use a bias binding maker to pull the strip through or fold your binding in half (wrong sides together) and press lightly with an iron. Fold the outside edges inwards, line them up with the middle pressed crease, and iron down.
Fold the bias in half again and iron down. You now have handmade bias binding!
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