43" of Bias Binding from a 10" Square

Do you need a piece of bias binding but hate cutting a strip right out of the middle of a piece of yardage to get it? Me too!

Here's how to get a full 43" of double fold binding (cut at 2 1/4" wide) or 62" of single fold binding (cut at 1 1/2" wide) from one 10" square.

For Double Fold Binding

Cutting:

1. Press the 10" square and lay it out on a cutting mat.

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2.The first cut is the most important! Cut the square in half on the diagonal, corner to corner.

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If you were to start cutting at one of the points, instead of the center, you would ultimately end up with a cut that looks something like this, when you reach the center point:

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It would have to be trimmed up, at a 45 degree angle, decreasing the amount of binding you would get.

So, make that first, most important cut, through the center.

3. Cut each of the halves into 2 1/4" strips. You should be able to make 3 cuts on each half.

(The 3rd cut will take off a tiny tip of the square.)

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Assembly:

1. Layout the pieces end to end. I like to arrange them long-medium-short, but it does not really matter.

(When I apply the binding, I like to start with a nice long end that has no seam to keep things looking clean. And I am gambling that the other end will be trimmed enough to eliminate one of the smaller pieces. But, if I think I am going to need the whole length of binding, I make sure both of the shortest pieces are somewhere in the middle so that the beginning and end are longer pieces.)

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2. Sew the pieces together. If you have never sewn pieces cut at a 45 degree angle before, the trick is to allow 1/4" of overhang on either side.

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3. Press the seam allowances open and you are D-O-N-E.

For Single Fold Binding

Cutting:

Follow the same method, but cut each half of the 10" square to 1 1/2" strips. You will make 4 cuts on each side, instead of 3.