Today’s post is the second post in my Bias Binding Series
How to Make Perfect Bias Binding Using Pins
The first blog post in my Bias Binding series was
The post included lots of tips on the following:
If you don’t have one of those handy dandy Bias Tape Maker Tools… then this would have to be my next favourite method for making perfect bias binding tape. It’s super easy and you won’t burn your finger tips either… Ouch that always hurts!
4 Pin Method for Making Your Own Bias Binding Tape
All you need is 4 sewing pins, a tape measure or ruler, your bias cut fabric strip, and your iron.
You can use 2 pins but I find using the second set of pins (4 pins) helps the fabric guide through a little smoother and more evenly when it comes out the other side ready for pressing.
My bias cut fabric strip is 1″ wide which is going to make a 1/2″ single fold bias binding strip and when folded again it will become a 1/4″ double fold bias binding strip. My previous Bias Binding post shows you how to cut your fabric to make your bias binding strips. You can find it by clicking here or on the fabric strips image below.
If you want your double fold bias tape to be 1/2″ wide then start with a 2″ wide bias cut fabric strip of fabric. The rule of thumb is cut your fabric strip 2 times the width you want the finished single fold bias strip to be or 4 times the width you want the finished double fold bias tape to be.
OK… We’re all set to go. We have our fabric and our pins and our iron is nice and steamy hot. TIP: If you’d like your bias binding strips to be nice and crisp you can always spray the fabric with spray starch as you’re going along. I actually prefer not too especially if I’m going to be using my bias binding strips around curves as I don’t want to risk losing the flexibility of having cut my fabric on the bias… I like it to still be nice and pliable to move where I want it to go.
First up we’re going to place two sewing pins into our ironing board or ironing surface slightly further than a 1/2″ apart from each other and have them cross each other in the centre.
Next start feeding one of the cut ends of the fabric between the two pins until the sides of the fabric start to curl over and meet in the centre.
Use the nose of your iron to press the first section (about an 1″ or so) of the bias binding.
With the other two pins (red pins) place them on either side of the bias binding you just pressed. About 3/4″ away from the first set of pins (blue pins). This time place them a little closer to the 1/2″ mark. The reason I like to use the two sets of pins is the first set acts like a little funnel guide to feed the fabric smoothly and then the second set helps set the fabric at the exact width I want as it feeds through ready for pressing. TIP: If my fabric is being a little stubborn I’ll do a little finger press between the two sets of pins before feeding it through the second set (the red pins).
Once you have your 4 pins in place gently slide a little fabric through about an 1 1/2″ is generally a good amount. If you slide much more than that through I find the folds can come apart a little too much.
Press the fabric folds into place using the nose of the iron.
Once you have pressed the bias that you just pulled through lift your iron a little and gently pull a little more fabric through between the pins and press again.
Repeat gently pulling a little bias fabric through between the pins and pressing as you go until you have finished pressing your strip of fabric and have made your single fold bias binding. Look how nice and neatly folded your bias binding comes through between those four little pins.
TIP: If you accidentally pull through too much bias binding between the pins and the folds have come apart too much on you to press all you need to do is slide the fabric back through until the folds are back where they should be and you can start pressing again.
I hope you found this tutorial useful and give it a go to make your very own perfect bias binding tape.
Leave a comment below and let me know what think or if you have any questions at all.
xx Chris Lucas
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