This is the easiest and cleanest way to apply bias binding, giving you a clean edge on both the inside and outside of the garment, no matter what. Use it to finish raw edges or add a bit of sturdiness to armholes and necklines.

Technique Materials

2" (5.1 cm) wide strip of bias, piece to be bound

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    May 9, 2010, 04.53 PMby barb2009

    Thanks so much for your great instructions. I am trying to put a binding on a basket liner and the instructions with the pattern are so confusing. I believe you have solved my problem!

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    Sep 6, 2009, 08.32 PMby rachellemarie

    How do you do this on a curved edge, like an armhole?

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    Jul 16, 2009, 07.55 AMby sangeetanancy

    I have a few pieces of fabric leftovers and wanted to make simple tank tops for my niece, thanks to you sharing this its going to be so much easier to accomplish…Thanks!

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    Feb 10, 2009, 06.50 PMby allygally

    Fabulous! Thank you!

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    Dec 14, 2008, 03.51 AMby miri1

    Hey! Thanks for the tutorial! You explained in indeed very clearly! What if I want a wider binding (0.5" finished), should I still sew it at 1/4" from raw edges (step 4), or at 0.5" instead? Thanks in advance for your help!

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    Oct 4, 2008, 06.03 AMby mercurialxx

    thanku! u explained it so clearly :)

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    Jul 15, 2008, 04.08 PMby ivernamac

    Oh, is that what I was doing! I did this when I made a jumper from a Kwik Sew pattern for a client. Hated the jumper, liked the binding. I’m making a maternity dress I’m going to do this to. But I’m just going to use commercial double wide bias binding, pressed in 1/2. The beauty of this is that it hides, so color’s not crucial, and unlike old fashioned facings it doesn’t accidentally come untucked & ugly

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    Feb 20, 2008, 11.45 AMby burdastyle

    By Right Side of the fabric, I mean the side of the garment that will face out when finished, or the correct side of the fabric, as opposed to the inside.

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    Feb 11, 2008, 12.41 PMby nayantara

    The strips should be cut on the bias, just like ordinary bias binding- just wider. Glad that its helpful!

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    Feb 11, 2008, 07.48 AMby squirrellypoo

    That’s really useful! I’ve been putting off binding the inside raw edges on my silk blouse but I’m finally going to do it next week as I’ve got a long train + ferry journey to Dublin and I don’t mind hand sewing when I’m a captive audience!

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    Feb 11, 2008, 12.33 AMby marmota-b

    Thank you for this, it really looks very useful!

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    Feb 10, 2008, 10.29 PMby wendyxo

    Great, thanks for this how to. Should be useful one day. Are the bias strips with the grain of the fabric or on the diagonal, like ordinary bias binding?

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