You should buy ready-made bias binding comparatively simply. Nevertheless it’s good to know the best way to make it your self so you may make it in a print, color and width of your alternative. Home made binding is a type of particulars that may make your handmade garments actually particular. It is also an amazing cloth stash buster!
Here is the best way to make it…
You’ll want a big piece of cloth – a light- to medium-weight woven cotton will likely be superb. I am utilizing a Liberty print Tana cotton garden. You will additionally want a bias binding maker for the tactic I’ll present you. You may get these helpful instruments in several sizes – I’m utilizing a 12mm (1/2in) one (that is an affiliate hyperlink), which can make single fold bias binding that’s 12mm (1/2in) vast as soon as completed. This measurement is ideal for binding the armholes on the Etta costume.
If you wish to make double fold bias binding, for instance to bind a neckline edge the place you need the binding to be seen on the surface in addition to the within of a garment, you may press the only fold binding in half after it comes out of the maker. So that you’ll find yourself with 6mm (1/4in) vast binding with a 12mm (1/2in) maker.
Fold your cloth on the bias grain, in different phrases, at a forty five° angle to the selvedges, so the selvedges are lined up with the crosswise grain. Use a ruler or sample grasp to attract strips parallel to the fold, the width being double the width of the maker you’re utilizing – or only a teensy bit underneath to depart a niche between the uncooked edges. So I’m drawing mine 23mm (simply shy of 1in) vast.
Lower alongside these strains to create your strips – in case you have a rotary cutter and slicing mat, it’ll be a lot faster than scissors! Chopping the strips on two layers of cloth means you’ll be able to minimize two strips directly. Make sufficient strips so the full size is a little more than you want on your binding.
Lower the ends of every strip in order that they create a proper angle. Place one strip over one other so the ends are proper sides collectively at a 90° angle. Think about the realm the place the 2 strips cross is a sq. – now use a chalk pencil or washable pen to attract a diagonal line throughout this sq., making a triangle form on the outer nook (see pic above!). Sew alongside this line to affix the strips, again tacking at every finish.
Trim the triangular outer nook, leaving a 10mm (3/8in) seam allowance. Press the strips aside and press the seam allowances open. Do the identical factor with the opposite strips till you could have one lengthy strip.
Lay the strip mistaken facet up on an ironing board, and switch your iron on. With the bias binding maker flat or steel facet down, feed one finish of the strip by the vast finish of it – it’s possible you’ll have to poke it by with a pin or small scissors. Pen pull the maker away from the top and folded cloth ought to come out the opposite facet. Checking the uncooked edges are centred, observe the trail of the maker along with your iron, urgent the binding because it comes out of the maker to set the folds in place.
That is your completed single fold bias binding, which you need to use while you’re stitching the binding to the within of a garment.
If you wish to make double fold bias binding – which you need to use to bind an edge, displaying on each proper and mistaken sides – merely fold it in half lengthways, with the uncooked edges on the within of the fold, and press.
And that’s it! Now you’ll be able to connect your binding to your pretty garment. Fairly!