Over 40″ of Bias Binding from a 10 ” square
I have already recorded a video tutorial to show how to create a single run of bias binding from a fat quarter. You get a magical 5m+ from a single fat quarter if you cut it right.
I was curious to see if you got similar results for a smaller standard size of quilting fabric. So I’ve chosen sngle sheet from a layer cake, a 10″ x 10″ square of fabric.
Two seams and two cuts is all you need to create the magic.
First I had better show you how to make the bias binding ,just in case you haven’t seen the video. I’ll link to it at the end of this tutorial.
Cut the fabric at a 45 degree angle
Sew the original straight edges together, rights sides facing, with a 1/4″ seam and press the seam open.
Now mark on lines parallel to the cut edges. I use 2″ between lines to give a finished 1/2″ double fold bias binding.
Place the cut edges next to each other and then slide across so a raw edge meets with the start of the first marked line. You should have two ‘ears’ hanging off the edges of the new seam line.
This is to create a spiral cutting path. It looks rather messy at this point but stick with me and it will all make sense soon.
Sew the new seam line together with a 1/4″ seam and press open. Please take you time and ensure the marked lines meet up accurately.
Now you have a rather sad looking wonky tube. But were about to fix that!
Simply begin cutting along the marked path starting next the to first ‘ear’. Cut your way smoothly to the end and you will have a single long piece of fabric ready for pressing into bias binding. There will be a very small piece of waste fabric left over.
You have now made over 40″ of bias binding from a single sheet of a layer cake!
You can see the video for the 5meters of bias binding below: