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May 23, 2017


Loris Mills

I have used that technique too. Definitely not my favorite for more than one reason. I only occasionally will go for a bias binding but I bought a long pointy ruler years ago at PIQF to cut the strips. I find it useful and much less annoying :-)
The "pointy" reference is because one end of it has a 45 degree edge to it that sits on the edge of your fabric setting the ruler to cut on the bias. If your interested, I can see if there is more info on the ruler and package for finding another one. I did see them selling something similar last year at the show.


So glad to hear that someone else can't get their head around the tube construction! I'm fine until Step 3 - can never get all to line up correctly, when matching going in opposite directions - mess it up every time!I've found I can make quicker by just cutting strips on the 45 degree angle on my ruler. Keeps the brain from hurting. :)


No!'s what I do...because the 'real' method of cutting bias binding is way more than my pay grade. I lay out the fabric flat on my cutting mat--it's a big one--then use the diagonal line that's marked on the mat & slice that first slice of the fabric on that line. Now, I just start following that edge for 2 1/2" strips until I get enough to go around. And, there's always the other half that was cut off with that first slice. Is this the proper way to do it? Probably not. But my striped binding looks good & nobody knows...remember, don't tell anyone!

Sherry V.

That was how I learned to do bias binding back in the "olden days". These days I use straight grain binding and find that I get much better corners than I ever did with bias.

But, if I need to do bias I lay my fabric in one layer, used a 45 degree angle to cut a corner and then just cut bias strips the width I want.

Yes, there are more seams to sew and to deal with, but it saves me from the mental calisthenics that the tube method requires.

Glad to hear that I am not the only one with the problem.


I am so glad that I am not the only one to mess this up.


Yep, I am definitely "bias binding challenged" too! My poor brain tries so hard to not make it complicated but somehow it always turns into quite a feat. The worst part is I absolutely love how a bias stripe binding looks.


I, also, am "bias binding challenged" and always pull out books showing me pics!! So glad that so many share the same affliction, I feel better:)))

Melissa raddetz

Take a look at Bonnie Hunter's blog Quiltville's Quips and Snips. She has an alternative method that I think is MUCH easier - no tube and no offset! Find the tab that says Tips and techniques and then scroll down to bias binding.



Been there...done that!

Barbara Anne

In my 20+ years of quilting, I've never made a bias binding. Since I don't intend to make a quilt with a scalloped edge, I suppose I'll never need to!


Lynda Hermann

the only time I use bias binding is when I make a baby quilt that is backed with minky. I round the corners (to eliminate the bulk of a mitered corner) and make a continuous bias binding that is sewn on in one pass. Works every time. I am also contemplating a scalloped edge - would probably use a bias binding for that as well.


LOL!! Had to giggle about the circles of binding...'cause I did that too!! Hugs!


That's the reason why I never make a bias binding. I just can't work out this complicate instruction and personally I think it's a waste of fabric. Straight binding works great for me (and don't tell I even do it when I have a curved outer edge it still works;-)


Gene Black has a YouTube video on cutting bias binding. I've used it several times and find it very helpful.

grace thorne

i have seen that method but never tried...too much brain work i commend anyone who does it easily...


yeah, i find the directions for this just confusing. i avoid at all cost. ;p

Mary Kastner

OMG At least I am not the only moron about this process. It looks so good too! Sounds like you have it under control now. I did smile but I know from personal experience it is not all that funny!



Ditto! Have tried the tube method more than a few times and never seem to get it right. Most often wind up cutting separate strips and sewing them together just like I do for straight of grain. Long for the day someone can figure out a way to make cutting bias binding simple and foolproof!


A long time ago I'd do the tube method. I still do bias but simply cut 2.25" strips at a 45° angle and sew the strips together at the appropriate angle. It looks like your persistence paid off.

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