Bias binding is extremely versatile and easy to make. In this tutorial I show you how to make it using a bias-binding-making-thingamajig, otherwise known as a Tape Maker.
1. Cut strips of fabric on the bias grain line, double the width of the final binding.
2. Cut off the diagonal ends to leave a straight edge.
3. With right sides together place 2 strips at a 90 degree angle to one another, lining up the straight edges you've just neatened.
4. Sew a straight, diagonal line from outside corner to outside corner.
5. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8" or 3mm.
5. Press the seam open.
Take another strip and with right sides together add it to the end of the strip you have just sewn as in step 3. Continue doing this until you have used up all the strips and have one continuos length.
7. With right side down feed the strip through the wide end of the Tape Maker so that approx 1/2" or 2cm is protruding from the narrow end (you may need to use a pin in the top to help it along).
8. With the metal bar of the Tape Maker in your non-writing-hand and the iron in the other, place the iron onto the fabric now protruding from the narrow end. Simultaneously pull the Tape Maker whilst ironing the strip of bias as it comes out.
Continue until you reach the end.
And there you have bias binding.