How to Make 3 Yards of Continuous Bias Binding from a Fat Quarter!!! {video tutorial}

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I’m so excited to share with you my favorite DIY technique for making bias binding! 

I love making my own bias binding for so many reasons. Here are a few:

  • the quality is soooo much better than you get in packaged bias trims

  • I can make any length or width of bias trim that I want

  • DIY bias trims are so much cuter – I get to pick the fabric

  • making your own is faster than going to the store

I wanted to make some anyway, so I made a video for you (you’re welcome)! The video will play automatically in the video player on this page. If you don’t see it, you can find it on my YouTube channel here.

From an 18” square of fabric (cut from a fat quarter), you can get almost 3 1/2 yards of bias tape that is 2 1/4” wide (my current preference) or 4 yards if you cut it 2” wide.

This technique works with just about any size square, although I wouldn’t try it with a square smaller than 10” – there would be too many seams and not very much trim. Once I did it with a 36” square – using up almost a yard. That was a LOT of bias trim!!!!

Here are some of my favorite free sewing tutorials and patterns that use bias binding:

You’ll need about 2 yards to be able to sew the Perfect DIY Wallet.

Or the Pretty Box Pouch!

The A-Frame Organizer pattern also needs about 2 yards of bias trim.


The Patchwork Potholder Pattern needs about 60’’ of bias trim.


You’ll also need a bunch to sew the ‘Call Me’ pouch from ByAnnie.

Or some quick and easy dumpling shaped pouches that are see-through!

You can bind your quilts with bias cut binding too. Some quilters prefer to do so because the binding may be more durable without single threads running the length of the quilt. I often use striped fabric to make bias binding on quilts for the cute candy cane look!

Whatever you use your DIY bias binding for, remember to come back here for my quick and easy video!



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  1. Thank you for sharing your video on making bias tape. I make dresses for Dress a Girl Around the World and use a lot of purchased bias tape, your method would be a real money saver.

  2. Thanks for the great tutorial. I had seen this done several years ago, gave it a try and loved it but did not quilt for awhile so forgot the technique. Now I am busy making tablerunners and mini quilts again and this will really come in handy.

  3. Love this technique-has been years since i used it so a refresher was very much needed!

  4. Thank you. I also was taught this way years ago – somehow it seemed more difficult than in your video! So more recently I had been cutting diagonals but agree regarding the leftover triangles. Back to squares again because two sections of sewing and one lot of cutting is a lot quicker than lining up a little bit here and a little bit there.

  5. Thank you, i have learned to use all of the fabric and have my own bias band in the color of choise for my project

  6. Thanks Caroline. I had "read" how to do this and didn’t attempt it. Now that I can "see" you making it, it looks doable and I’ll try it.

  7. Yesterday I found your website saying I could make 3 yards of bias binding in five minutes. Today I watched your video. Great timing I needed to make over 12 yards of bias binding for a king size quilt I am finishing up. So I did as you said, and I am happy to say I have over 12 yards of perfect bias binding now ready to go on my quilt. Thank you.

  8. Judith Goldthorp says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. 17 inch square makes a little more than 3 yards of 2 1/4 inch binding. Just what I needed for a little round table topper.

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