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How to: Make bias binding

Want to make bias binding but concerned its too hard? That was me two days ago- but now I'm a total convert! There are many ways to make bias binding out there but this was the least confusing method I found (plus bonus-  very little waste) :-) 

Step 1: The calculation (I promise it's not that confusing!)

  • Add together the sides of your quilt (in my example, it is a 64" x 64" quilt)
    • 64 + 64 + 64 + 64 = 256
  • Add 10-20" for corners
    • 256 + 20 = 276
  • Multiply this amount by the width of your desired binding (eg 2.25", 2.5" etc- I like to use 2.25" binding)
    • 276 x 2.25= 621
  • And then take the square root of this total
    • = 24.91 - round this up to 25" (or even 26 if you wanted to be extra safe)

So that means you need to start with a 26" square of fabric

Step 2: Cut your square


Step 3: Cut your square in half along the diagonal

And you'll have two triangles that look like this:

Step 4: Sew your two triangles together as follows, right sides together:

It will look something like this when you are sewing them together

Step 5: Press your seams open and cut your strips to size (in my case, they are 2.25" wide)

Step 6: Sew your strips together and you have gorgeous bias binding (and very little waste).

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