Continuous Bias Binding – 200″ of binding from 1/2 yard of fabric!

Continuous Bias Binding – 200″ of binding from 1/2 yard of fabric!

Hi, itís Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt
Company. We have a fun tutorial for you today. Weíre going to show you going to show you
how to make continuous binding using the Simply Easy Bias Ruler by Susan Brown. It has the hinge in the middle. You unfold
it. You start with a half yard piece of fabric and youíre going to open that up, lay it
straight out like this. Youíre going to lay your bias ruler on it and match up your corners
and draw your lines on. This time instead of cutting weíre going to draw our lines
right on here. Iím using a charcoal pencil because that shows up on camera but
there are all kinds of wonderful marking tools that you can use. So, youíre going to draw your lines all the
way along here and when you get to the end as far as you can go, right here. Youíre
going to cut that corner off and weíve done that here. OK, so weíve made these marks
here, and now what weíre going to do is weíre going to take this corner here and weíre
going to bring this up here to this pencil line right here. Weíre going to offset it
one strip, and the important thing right here is that these little lines inside are going
to cross and basically what weíre making is a tube. This looks a little confusing but you can
see right here, see where these two lines come together, theyíre going to cross right
here at the top, and you want to put those together at the cross, and youíre just going
to sew a straight seam along here and letís make sure that we got a little cross going
on right there see how those cross over, and then weíll sew this all together in a long
tube, as soon as we pin these all on here, got another little, make sure our lines are
lined up. This will give us a continuous binding thatís already pieced together, so nice. Alright, letís go sew this over at the sewing
machine. This is going to look a little bit goofy because of, you know, how you have to
pin it and how you have to make that tube, but you just pin it so these little seams
cross, and then weíre just going to sew straight along there. Weíre going to take these pins
out as we come to them. Iím using white thread so that you can see it here. There we go,
just a ºî in, and you just kind of want to curve this around as you come to it. Alright, now all weíve got to do is trim
it and weíre going to trim it on these lines right here. So, letís go into the cutting
table. So, hereís our seam and itís, you know not like a straight tube but the lines
are in the middle so letís flip this inside out, or right side out actually and you can
see how that makes a tube, and you can see our starting point right here. Weíre going
to turn this over and weíre just going to cut now on this line, and weíre just going
to keep cutting and going around and around, and this is going to make us a wonderful continuous
binding. Itís already seamed together, keep flippiní that tube. Here we go, here we come
to our first seam, right here. Look at that. You see
how this is happening? This is pretty magic.
OK, so as youíre cutting, youíll notice mine arenít exactly perfect, but thatís
alright, youíre going to fold it in half when you put your binding on anyway. That
will all be caught up in a seam, and weíre almost to the end here. Here we go, this is
just a really fast fun way to make a really nice binding. Iíve got one more. Itíd be
fun to see how much we get out of a half yard. Alright, well thatís it for us, letís measure
and see how much we got. We got a pretty good piece here. Letís see well thereís 100,
200î of binding, continuous bind! We hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the
Missouri Star Quilt Company.

100 Replies to “Continuous Bias Binding – 200″ of binding from 1/2 yard of fabric!”

  1. Of all bias making tutorials, this wins,hands down- really amazing. Looks wonky but works! Love that you are right-handed with scissors! Surprise!

  2. Great tutorial.  I had to watch it 4-5 times and then stop it at each interval to do it right.  One thing I noticed is that she is using fabric that doesn't have a right and wrong side, or so it seems.  Be sure to mark the lines on the right side of the fabric so you know where to cut when you turn the tube inside out.  Thanks again for a great tutorial!!

  3. Amazing! I wish I knew of this video before I watched the other sites. I ended up sewing so many bits of bias to make one long piece! Thank you for that great tutorial!

  4. I have always used this method since I was taught to quilt about ten years ago. I was sharing your link with a new quilter. But gosh and golly I want that ruler to make it even easier! oooh OOH! What is that snowflake quilt behind you? I want, no I NEED that pattern! LOL

  5. We couldn't understand our book so we watched this video and lo and behold it all made sense.  Many thanks

  6. Can you tell me please if this will work for making piping? Loved the tutorial since this is all new to me. Thank you for any answers.

  7. Thank you so much!  I have been making binding tiny piece at time and hating every moment of it.  This makes so much more sense!  Definitely  trying this method!

  8. Love you Jennie and really enjoyed the tutorial.  I have never been able to make a long piece of binding, I will do this from now on.  Thank you so much!

  9. Wish I could have seen that the marks were being made on the right side (red fabric looks same on both sides) as when I started sewing started realizing that my seams were opening to the wrong side.  On the bright side, I only sewed an inch and all the markings are on the back, so I can still re-use the fabric.  I have no idea how to do this correctly now that I have cut the one corner off.

  10. so much better than the other ones i watched and I just got one of these rulers on clearance at the local quilt shop not even knowing how to use it.

  11. It would be much better if you used a white/cream fabric and made sure the drawn lines actually showed up for the camera! It isn't clear which fabric is the right or wrong side so I was confused which side I should draw the lines on. I had to try a few times to get this right.

  12. This is a great idea. I can't wait to try it out. I just finished quilting one so this might just be the time! Thanks so much for all your tricks & knowledge Jenny!


  14. This did not work for me. I can't see the pencil lines on the video. I don't know how the lines are supposed to look when they "cross". My lines did not match up once sewn.

  15. It looks like your ruler is upside down as you are marking. Does is make a difference which edge of the ruler you use?

  16. I did this and it really works but it's so slow drawing the lines. So, next time I'm going to sew the selvage sides together, offset one side by the size of bias I want, slip a small cutting mat in the center of the tube, and use my creative cut ruler (with the slots for rotary cutting, and just keep going around and around doing an accurate cut with the ruler! I'm pretty sure this will work and be a timesaver. Also, it solves the problem of matching the lines!

  17. This is the absolute easiest way to do a continuous bias binding I have ever tried. Thanks Jenny.. You are a peach. You have made my quilting life so much easier…

  18. so i used this method on fabric that was way longer!
    some tips: i didnt have the ruler she had so i had to measure (to get strips that are 2 inches wide, you need to measure your marks every 2+7/8 inches apart from each other :).
    also don't forget to offset that matching of either edge of the fabric by putting it one mark over. i made the mistake of matching the first mark on one edge to the first mark on the other edge and it came out wrong! luckily i checked before i cut so i just undid my sewing, but if i had cut they would've just been strips the width of the fabric.

  19. Hi.
    Please can you help me? I've got 30.5" x 23.5" fabric. But you mention 1/2 yard. Can I still make my continuous binding tape? I buy my fabric to make shirts for my son and his 4 year kid and I have so much leftover fabric. PLEASE HELP. THANKYOU.

  20. Thank you! I just finished my 1st quilt top and tried this method out an a piece of scrap before cutting into my binding fabric. Worked very well. I'm ready to make yards of binding!

  21. I think this video would have more helpful IF you could see the lines that she referred to. Unfortunately, the lines did not show up and because she knew what she was doing, she moved right along and was therefore hard to follow. The concept would be good if the camera could have shown the marked lines better for the viewer.

  22. When the bias is cut this way, don't you get a lot of seams throughout the piece when finished? Is there a way that you could get fewer seams…other than going diagonal across a 54" yard of fabric at 28"? To answer my own question, that may look better but it sure wastes a lot of fabric. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Oh, yes, that's a great video, well done, thanks.

  23. I just tried this and it worked wonderfully . I just used a regular ruler. Totally excited to be able to use this often!

  24. I never do bias binding, but now I am thinking about doing a scalloped edge for my mother-in-law's quilt and I know I am going to have to use bias. I am not understanding the "lines crossing" part. I almost wish Ms. Jenny would have used white fabric instead of red so I can see the line crossing better. How far do the lines cross? When cutting the tube are the lines lined up to be a continuance line? What do you do if the lines do not line up?

  25. WOW! Can't wait to try this. Now what if we don't have that particular ruler. Would a regular ruler work just as well?

  26. Jenny, I know this was filmed almost 8 years ago and you are super busy. Is there any chance you could re-film this? It is by FAR the best method out there. Others have you sewing two seams and it's more time consuming. Just a TERRIFIC method.

    Suggestions for a re-take:

    1. It helps the viewers if the fabric had a right and a wrong side
    2. The first corner is tucked under so I'm not quite sure where to line up the ruler for the 1st line
    3. Mark the lines in a color that will really stand out, most of us could barely see the pencil lines
    4. The camera was out of focus when you were "matching/lining" up the lines, so thank god one person on here clarified exactly how/where those lines really need to line up

    I love your channel and truly appreciate and understand just what is involved in making these videos. Thank you very much

  27. I like this way of doing it but could you make a video using white material with dark lines so we can see them as you explain…I had to rewind and play over a couple of times. I did like it though and I will give it a go thanks

  28. Well, thanks goodness for seam rippers! This took we three attempts to figure out but perseverance paid off. I managed to make several feet of continuous binding. Now I know which side of the fabric to mark the lines on and also how to line up the two pieces. Next time should be a breeze. Thank you so much for this video!

  29. I could not see the lines on your red fabric. The camera wavered just enough to miss the important point you were making, and you moved too fast. Thanks anyway.

  30. I really wanted to use this method and avoid joining pieces. Most tutorials use a square. I'm working with a scrap that's not quite a full width but much wider than 1/2 yd. Can't tell on the video where the bias edge is.

  31. Thank you. I’ve been using this system since I first saw it in the book Happy Endings by Mimi Dietrich. It appears on page 36. I’ve had to relearn the system each time I use it because to me it is very complicated, but it saves time. Lucky for me that now I have it illustrated in your video.

  32. Yup, another "tutorial" that only works if you buy the special gadget they're selling. Not so much a tutorial, more an infomercial.

  33. Fun video. It’s amazing how much you’ve grown over the years, with your videos and productions more and more professional. It’s been enjoyable watching your company blossom. Thank you.

  34. I tried this without the ruler…. it worked BUT I immediately bought the ruler… life is so much easier.

  35. This is the Easiest, Quickest, and CLEAREST explanation as to how to make continuous bias binding ANYwhere On or Off the web! Thank you 👏👏

  36. You should have used a fabric that shows more clearly show good (outside) side of the fabric pls the bad (inside) side of the fabric and then used a much higher contrast pen to make the lines. Very difficult to figure out what you are doing.


  38. Just wondering if anyone has any issues that come up with the seams unraveling since they are not secured when the cuts are made across them.

  39. I love this tutorial. I never was able to understand how to make binding and this was my aha moment. Coupled with the ultimate binding tutorial, I now prefer to bind everything. I just completed making a continuous strip from 1 yard of 54" wide shirt weight denim. I prefer a 4" binding to the 2.5" and I have no idea how many yards I have here, but rolled up it looks like a jelly roll size. I use this on denim blankets I make for Operation Quiet Comfort and they send them to our wounded troops overseas. Also, I take the triangle that gets cut off and add it back onto the other end of the strip to max my yardage. yes, I do get a few seams going the other way, but it doesn't matter to me. Done is better than perfect!

  40. This is the best method to make your own binding. And this is better than some I've seen on youtube as you only need to sew one seam. I wish she had specified the width of the strips she marked since I don't have the folding tool she used. It's nice to know you can make 200" from 1/2 yard of fabric, but not if you don't know the width of the strips. You can find online a Continuous Bias Binding Chart which answers this question.

  41. I watched this video today and I am amazed at the continuous bias binding tutorial. I use tons of bias binding at Christmas to bind tree skirts and to make binding the old way is so tedious. Thanks once again for your fabulous video. You have saved me loads of time with this and there's nothing more precious to quilters than time.
    I love your videos. Thank you again.

  42. Would this work with striped fabric? Too make it look like the stripes are on a diagonal? You had so many comments to read through, if this was already answered, I apologize.

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