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    Bias binding questions

    I have a stripe that I plan to use for the binding of a small quilt. I want to use the bias of the fabric. (I love that look, so I will probably use it over and over.)

    I've watched several videos on cutting the fabric. One was Laura Coir (Sew very easy), who just folds the fabric and cuts it with a rotary cutter. The other is the continuous binding. I've watched several of those. Does one work better than the other or is it just a matter of choice?

    How do you know how much fabric to start with? My measurement is about 240" (haven't squared yet). On one of the continuous binding videos, she (Jenny Doan) used a 1/2 yard of fabric to get 200" of binding. If I need about 260" total, would it make sense to use a 3/4 yard piece?

    Is there some kind of measurement standard to determine how much fabric you will need for bias binding?

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    This is the tutorial I used to learn bias binding. it's the best I've found and has the least amount of waste. She also gives you yardage requirements for different widths of binding.
    http://piraterodgers.com/tutorials/cbt/index.htm

    And here's her tutorial on joining the ends of your binding.
    http://piraterodgers.com/tutorials/e...ding/index.htm

    It only seems hard the first time you do it. Just take it one step at a time and it's really pretty easy. Striped bias binding is now sort of my signature thing, my favorite part of making a quilt is finding just the right stripe for each quilt.

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    I always make my bias binding using this tutorial http://piraterodgers.com/tutorials/cbt/index.htm as mentioned by Cari. This one is easy and makes sense. I had tried so many before finding this gem. I love stripy bindings and usually use a piece of fabric 28.5" long as this measurement makes well over 400" of 2.5" binding which is enough for any King sized quilt. To know how much fabric you will need for binding, figure on one 2.5" WOF strip yielding approximately 40" of binding. A 25.5" length of fabric would give you about 400" of binding.
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    chevron fabric is real popular in the modern section these days, and the bindings always turn out "strippy". Yep, its a good look.

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    Bkay, I recently used bias binding for a quilt. I tried to do it Jenny Doan's way but it didn't work out. I did something wrong.
    Sharon Schamber has an excellent tutorial on bias binding on Youtube. It's really long though. But my binding came out great.
    Forgot to mention- I only needed about half a yard and the quilt is 60X60

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
    This is the tutorial I used to learn bias binding. it's the best I've found and has the least amount of waste. She also gives you yardage requirements for different widths of binding.
    http://piraterodgers.com/tutorials/cbt/index.htm

    And here's her tutorial on joining the ends of your binding.
    http://piraterodgers.com/tutorials/e...ding/index.htm

    It only seems hard the first time you do it. Just take it one step at a time and it's really pretty easy. Striped bias binding is now sort of my signature thing, my favorite part of making a quilt is finding just the right stripe for each quilt.

    Cari
    Thanks so much for the links. I read through it. At the end, she states to cut it now on the lines. Does she mean with scissors? Surely she does not mean to lay it down and cut it with the rotary cutter !!?
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    I haven't read the tutorial but I cut mine with scissors.

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    I tried the continuous method once but it seemed like a lot of extra work that created a lot of extra joins in the binding. I prefer to cut yardage on the bias to get more long strips and fewer joins. I don’t mind using a bigger piece of fabric to do this because I use the scraps for other quilts.

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    For a small quilt I would just cut the 45 angle on a corner of fabric and rotary cut enough strips for my quilt. The continuous way is good for a large quilt where you need lots but you do have to be careful to line up the drawn lines and then cut the strips with scissors.

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    When joining the sides of your piece to cut continuous bias, consider the stripe repeat, especially if it is an uneven stripe. you may not want one section mis-matched from the adjacent section of binding.
    The width you cut the binding also, of course, affects the yardage!
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    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...omforts+videos look for how to cut bias binding. Sheuses a piece of stripped fabric as her example. It is the only way I do it now. Easy Peasy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DACO48 View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...omforts+videos look for how to cut bias binding. Sheuses a piece of stripped fabric as her example. It is the only way I do it now. Easy Peasy!!
    Wow! Great video! Similar to how I have been doing it, but actually better. I will do it that way from now on. Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DACO48 View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...omforts+videos look for how to cut bias binding. Sheuses a piece of stripped fabric as her example. It is the only way I do it now. Easy Peasy!!
    here's the direct link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNRqEb4WuTA
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    Thanks so much for the links. I read through it. At the end, she states to cut it now on the lines. Does she mean with scissors? Surely she does not mean to lay it down and cut it with the rotary cutter !!?
    Yes she means cut it with scissors. You start at one end, and if you've made the tube correctly you'll have one continuous line to cut round and round til you get to the other end of the tube. It's kind of awe inspiring the first time you do it.

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    I cut mine from yardage it works better for me and not so many seams to mess with

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Wow! Great video! Similar to how I have been doing it, but actually better. I will do it that way from now on. Thanks again!
    Yes, I really like this method, I like a several of her methods, I like her method of joining bias
    strips and mitered corners.

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    I make the tube without the lines.....Put a small cutting mat on my ironing board and cut with ruler and rotary cutter. I also found this on pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/387591111651173903/

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    I only use bias binding. I prefer to fold and cut my bias binding. I can fold and cut a yard at time, and sew my ends together pretty easily since I square all edges before I fold and cut. It gives me enough for most quilts, and leftovers get usd on scrappy quilts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DACO48 View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...omforts+videos look for how to cut bias binding. Sheuses a piece of stripped fabric as her example. It is the only way I do it now. Easy Peasy!!
    Thank You! I really like this way of doing bias binding. I have done the continuous binding & don't really like it. There are many small bits & seams.

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