Continuous Bias Binding
When I first learned to quilt I was taught how to make continuous bias binding but it didn’t take long before I was making width of fabric strip binding like most everyone else. It wasn’t until I started making round shaped quilts that I had to relearn the technique. It’s amazing how much binding you can get out of a fat quarter! An 18″ square will yield 110″ of 2 1/4″ binding with only two seams to sew!
Make the fat quarter square and then make a diagonal cut from the top left corner to the bottom right corner
Take the bottom edge of the left triangle and match it to the top edge of the right triangle. Stitch 1/4" seam along this edge
Press the seam open
From the outside long edge mark lines at 2 1/4" increments. (2 1/2" if you prefer wider binding) Cut off any excess fabric. Also mark a 1/4" seam line along the two shorter edges. In this seam allowance number each marked strip #1 thru #5 on both ends.
Using a rotary cutter, cut along the marked lines leaving at least 1 1/2" of fabric uncut on both short sides.
Match the short sides, right sides together, shifting the top seam marked #1 to the left. If you do not shift the seams you will end up making RINGs. This means that the top seam #1 will NOT be matching the bottom. (This will be the beginning of the finished binding.) Top seam #2 will match bottom seam #1 etc all the way across. Pin in place using the marked lines and seam allowance as a guide. Bottom seam #5 will not have a match. (This will be the end of the finished binding)
Stitch 1/4" seam allowance and press seam open
Using your cutting shears cut across the seam allowance. Fold and press the binding in one long strip to complete the process
Hope these visuals help you make your Continuous Bias Binding.
Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye