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Video Tutorial: How to make bias binding

June 17, 2013 · 29 comments

Bias binding features on a lot of my sewing projects, especially my lightweight summery style garments. I use it in a variety of ways on both the inside and the outside of my garments. It’s so simple to make with one of the little bias binding making tools and it is so much better to be able to create your own than be limited by the selection available to buy in the shops.

I was introduced to the little bias binding making tools quite late on in my sewing career while taking a class on lingerie at London College of fashion a few years ago. I was so chuffed with the discovery I remember rushing out to John Lewis to pick one up on my lunch break. Before then I had battled with trying to press my bias strips in half and in half again whilst trying not to burn myself with a hot steaming iron- fiddly, dangerous and not recommended!

I thought it was about time that I shared my love and gratitude for these handy little metal devices and the wonder that is bias binding in general and have made a couple of little video tutorials on how to make and apply it. This was definitely an exercise in facing one’s fears as I’m not a big fan of having cameras pointing at me but I think that videos are a great platform for sewing tutorials as it’s always best to see things in action if possible.

Here is the first of the two videos which covers cutting and making your binding.

As always if you have any questions please pop them below and if there are any other video tutorials you would like to see let me know!

Thanks for watching!

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Gail June 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

That was so nice, Ami!
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amelialowden June 20, 2013 at 12:07 am

Thanks Gail! :)
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Louise June 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm

That’s fantastic, Ami. A really lovely video :-) And my 7yo loved your little dog at the end!

Louise x
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amelialowden June 20, 2013 at 12:08 am

Hehe my little video bomber! I thought it was better to have him in the shot that in the background growling!
:)
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Melissa June 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Really great video! And you are just so cute, I can’t stand it – LOL! I tried to make bias binding a couple of weeks ago using a tutorial in a book, and I was left a bit confused :-\. Thanks for taking the time to make such a nice video :-)

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amelialowden June 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

Aw thanks so much Melissa! So glad it is helpful :)
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Haylee June 18, 2013 at 7:14 am

Ok you are the cutest ever Ami, I want your accent so bad, it’s gorgeous. I could seriously listen to you all day. ha and thanks so much for making the video. It’s really well done and is making me seriously consider getting a bias tape maker finally.
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amelialowden June 20, 2013 at 12:10 am

Aw thanks Haylee! Ooooo yep definitely get one- they are so handy!! :)
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Angela June 18, 2013 at 8:06 am

I want to be in your world…it looks so perfect!! Lovely to see and hear you on video. I only recently discovered those little tools, but they’re invaluable aren’t they? Now I can have coordinating bias for all my projects rther than using shop bought which is stiffer and mot many colours. I really liked the dress you were wearing. What pattern was that? Ps. If you use the rotary cutter against the ruler you dont have to pre mark the strips. Looking forward to part II

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amelialowden June 20, 2013 at 12:13 am

Hi Angela! Aw thanks so much! Yep they really are so handy aren’t they! That’s such a good point about the rotary cutter- I usually use my scissors so have always been in the habit of marking up the fabric first but I will definitely do that from now on! :)
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Mainelydad June 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Looking forward to part two. I saw these gadgets at Britex in San Francisco this spring, and now I’m regretting that I didn’t get one.
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amelialowden June 20, 2013 at 12:15 am

Ah that’s a shame! I’m sure you can pick them up online? :)
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Bridget June 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Perfect timing! I bought one of these a few months ago and it didn’t come with any instructions. I’ve been perplexed trying to figure out how it works. Thanks for showing me what to do!

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amelialowden June 20, 2013 at 12:16 am

Ah excellent! Hehe- yep they aren’t particularly self explanatory looking are they! Glad to have solved the puzzle :)
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gale June 18, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Hi,
I am a very new to sewing, your blog is BRILLIANT!!!!
I hope one day I will be as professional and perfect at garment making as you are.
This video is great for people like me who learn more from seeing things done, rather than just reading.
Keep up with the great tips & techniques.
You are truly inspirational:) :)

Thank You

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amelialowden June 20, 2013 at 12:18 am

Thanks so much Gale! That is so nice of you to say!
I think seeing things done is so much clearer isn’t it- especially with fiddly things!
Really glad you are enjoying the blog :)
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Erica June 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm

This is so much easier than how I’ve been making bias tape in the past. LOVE this so much. I’m going to need to get one of those fancy rulers now for sure. Also, genius tip to wrap the unused bias tape around some cardboard. Thanks! :)
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amelialowden June 20, 2013 at 12:20 am

Ah you’re welcome- Oh my goodness those pattern-master rulers are so handy! It would be on the top of my ‘sewing equipment I couldn’t live without list’. I’ve had mine years so they obviously last really well too :)
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Laura Nuttall June 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Thanks for sharing! Always wondered how to make bias binding and now I know. Really looking forward to video number 2 so I can learn how to use it!

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amelialowden June 20, 2013 at 12:21 am

You’re welcome! Glad it was helpful, will be popping up the second video really soon! :)
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Ann Sinclair June 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Great tutorial. Thank you so much. You are a terrific tutor and great on camera. You could/should be on TV presenting a dressmaking series. Ann x

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amelialowden June 20, 2013 at 12:23 am

Aw thanks so much Ann! Hehe, I’ll let the BBC know! ;)
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Stine June 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm

This was very helpful. Would you sew the bias binding on the hemline as well (like you did on the side seam) or just fold it and sew?

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Nancy Nelson August 21, 2013 at 4:57 am

I have just discovered your site. It is lovely and your bias binding video tutorial is great. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts. Good sewing sites I am finding are hard to come by. Thanks for sharing.

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Tialys September 23, 2013 at 7:52 am

Thanks for this – I do make binding for my quilts but, contrary to popular belief, as long as the quilt sides are straight and not curved you don’t have to cut the binding on the bias. However, now that I’ve seen your video I will definitely invest in one of these for garments and other sewing projects. I’m coming over to the U.K. next month to visit the Knit & Stitch Expo at Alexandra Palace (well, and my parents) and I’ll be sure to put one on my growing list of ‘things I can’t live without and must take an empty suitcase to fill with them’.
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Natalie October 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I really love your website, you have done a great job, it is an inspiration to me. I have only just started my sewing business, and my website is looking bear. Maybe in time I might get somewhere close, but your site is so useful.

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linda thomas May 19, 2014 at 9:37 pm

hi, i have a couple of the bias binding makers but the fabric always goes wonky when im ironing it as it comes out. any tips? should I starch it first?

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amelialowden May 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Hi Linda, you could starch it hit it shouldn’t really be necessary. Is your iron nice and close to where the fabric comes out as this gets the best results. Also, make sure you keep the iron pressed down on the fabric for a little while to really press in the creases. And go really nice and slowly :)
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Kimberly May 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Another great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing – I’ve made miles/kilometers of bias binding without the tool – it will be so much easier now! Thanks for all your hard work in putting this all online. K

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