Bias binding, or bias tape as some patterns refer to it as, has been around for as long as I can remember. In high school I used it to edge an apron. It’s not something to be feared. In the video below I show you how to attach it. Once you understand how to use it, you’ll LOVE it.
What is bias tape?
Bias tape is strips of fabric that have been cut on the bias of the fabric (corner to corner diagonally). Packaged bias tape may be purchased in various widths. The width of the bias binding tape depends on what you’re going to use it for.
Bias binding can be purchased in a packet like this. There’s usually about 5 metres to the packet. I would only by this much if I knew I was going to use all of it, especially if it’s in a colour you’re not going to use a lot of.
The colour range is huge. You can almost match it to any coloured fabric you’re using. There are different widths for different purposes.
Poly cotton bias binding can be bought by the metre so you do not have to buy a packet. You can also buy satin bias binding by the metre, for edging or decorative purposes.
There are a lot of beautiful decorative bindings out there. Some are difficult to get locally, so I recommend checking out eBay. It’s possible to buy binding with polka dots, stripes, even stars and much more, as well as in many colours and widths. All you need is your imagination.
How to make your own bias binding
This is a great kit that can be purchased on eBay for about $15. It helps you make different widths of binding, and it comes with the tools you need to poke through the fabric. It also has a binding foot for the sewing machine. (Personally, I think that it’s easier to sew with an ordinary machine foot.)