This is much easier and quicker to make than it looks and once you get the hang of it, you will never need to buy bias tape or dread making binding again!

Bias tape binding is cut on the diagonal of the fabric giving the tape a bit of stretch for binding around curves, such as a neckline on a dress or rounded corners on a blanket, quilt or potholder. I typically make 2.5″ wide binding tape, but this tutorial can be adjusted to whatever width you need.

Materials List:

  • one fat quarter
  • quilting ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • pins
  • iron and ironing board


Step-by-Step Guide: Continuous Bias Tape Binding

how to make continuous bias bindingTrim the selvage of your fat quarter.
how to make continuous bias bindingFold down one corner so that one short edge is even with the long edge.
how to make continuous bias bindingIron the folded edge to make a distinct crease.
how to make continuous bias bindingCut along the creased edge.
how to make continuous bias bindingYou now have two pieces, a triangle and a larger cut piece.
how to make continuous bias bindingArrange the larger cut piece right side up.
how to make continuous bias bindingPlace the triangle on top right side facing down and top egdes even. Sew 1/4″ seam along the top edge.
how to make continuous bias bindingPress seam open.
how to make continuous bias bindingMeasure and mark out the width of your tape on the wrong side of the fabric.
how to make continuous bias bindingFor this tutorial I marked out the fabric in 2.5″ increments. Trim off any excess.
how to make continuous bias bindingFold the fabric with right sides facing each other and the lines are matching up. Both outer edges of the fabric will match up with a line. It my seem all wonky, but don’t worry, it will all make sense when you are ready to make the continuous cut.

how to make continuous bias binding

Pin the matching lines 1/4″ down from the edge of fabric. This part is tricky as you need to fiddle with the positioning of the fabric so that after you pin and the fabric lays flat, the lines will be straight and matching up completely.

how to make continuous bias bindingSew 1/4″ seam along where you pinned. Take pins out as you sew.
how to make continuous bias bindingPress seam open.
how to make continuous bias bindingYou will now have a twisted kind of tube with a continuous line that spirals around the fabric. This is the line you will be cutting along.
how to make continuous bias bindingKeep cutting and going around the fabric tube until the end.

how to make continuous bias binding

how to make continuous bias bindingFold binding tape in half and press.
how to make continuous bias bindingHere’s a tip for neatly storing extra binding. I reuse a cardboard ribbon spool.
how to make continuous bias bindingI just rip off one side so that the binding tape can be rolled around the cardboard spool and then pin the end in place.