Quick Quilting Tips: Making Bias Binding

May 22, 2014

Confession: I have never done straight grain binding.


What’s the difference??  There’s really two types of binding: straight on the grain or cross grain binding and bias binding.  

Straight on the grain binding and cross grain is cut along with the selvage.  It’s easier to make. Strips are pieced on the diagonal.  When you piece on the diagonal, you’ll lose almost 3 inches of each strip due to the seam and trimming off the waste.

Bias Binding is more traditional.  It’s said that it last longer. . . because there’s more thread coverage at the outside edge of the binding.  It’s stretchy for the curved quilts.

There’s pros and cons to each binding.

Today, I will show you how to making Bias Binding my way.

First, I always premake my binding.  I like just reaching in the drawer and picking one. Slapping it on the quilt and then sitting in front of the t.v hand stitching it to the quilt.

1yds of fabric = 720 inches of binding
1/2yd of fabric = 360 inches of binding
fat quarter of fabric = 126 inches of binding
24inch ruler
Rotary cutter

Steps: Below, I made a nifty video on how I cut the binding.  Enjoy!

  1. Cut the selvages off
  2. Iron the fabric
  3. Fold into a square into a triangle
  4. Fold the right point into the center
  5. Fold the left point into the center
  6. Make sure it measures to 24inches or less
  7. Use the ruler as T-square and trim of the edge
  8. Start cutting your 2.5inch strips. . . or less whatever floats your boat.

If you’re looking for more Quick Quilting tips and great quilts to put together you should really check out Amy’s new book Fabulously Fast Quilts


I’ve known Amy for a long time and was really excited to find out that she finally wrote a book.  She’s got traditional style with a slash of modern mix.  In general the most down to earth quilter I know.


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  • Reply ChristaQuilts May 22, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Great video – thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply verykerryberry May 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Genius! I haven’t seen that folding method before for bias binding, and it looks so much easier! Thankyou, I love to learn something new.

  • Reply agnes May 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    That’s efficient cutting! Thank you for the video!

  • Reply Debbie May 24, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I only did bias binding until somewhat recently where I often do on the grain now. But I have never ‘made it ahead’ having no idea what I’m going to use it on. But when it comes time to bind it sure would be nice to have a bunch all ready!

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