Creating Continuous Bias

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There are so many different uses for a stripe of continuous bias.  You can clean finish your seams with it, hem a cuff, create piping and sew much more.  Today, I am going to show you how to take a fat quarter and turn it into a quick and easy continuous long strip of bias.  Honestly, once you get the hang of it you will wonder why you have been buying those pre made packages of bias tape all these years.  It’s that simple!

Continuous Bias


Creating Continuous Bias - The Sewing Loft. Never settle for commercial bias again with this easy to follow print out.

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button

Basic Instructions:
  1. Fold fabric on a 45 degree angle.  Cut on fold. 
  2. Shift your cut piece over to the other side. This will create a parallelogram. Pin right sides together, sew and press seam open. *Tip: I like to reduce my stitch length since this area will be cut into small sections.
  3. Along on bias edge, mark with ruler your finished bias strip length. Number the lines as shown.
  4. Fold parallelogram as shown to create a rectangle shape tube.  Cut the 1st row about 4″ in.
  5. Align and match numbered lines with right sides together; pin.  Sew seam together being sure to match all numbered lines. Press seam open.
  6. Cut in a spiral direction from top of tube to the bottom.
Now to be clear, the amount of continuous bias that can be made from a fat quarter will depend on the width you cut your bias.  On average 1 3/4″ wide stripes will yield 5 yards and 2″ wide strips will yield 4 yards. Do you want to learn more about how to calculate bias yardage for your next project? Than be sure to check out my calculating continuous bias post where I share formulas and an easy cheat sheet.


Plus, you might be interested in my fat quarter post for more fun facts.  This post is jam packed with different ways to use your standard fat quarter.


Ways to use a Fat Quarter | The Sewing Loft




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  1. Brenda Melahn says

    My favorite way of making bias tape — thanks for detailed instructions.

  2. Hey, even I could do that! Very cool technique, Heather!

  3. Thank you for making this so visual! This is the best and easiest-to-understand tute for this that I’ve seen! Thank you!!!!!!!!

  4. Michelle says

    Super fab!! this is perfect…I always have a hard time with the photo tutorial but this makes it very clear. Thank you!

  5. Susan Paxton says

    Thanks for the tutorial..We had a demo at quilt guild but I lost my instructions in the millions of patterns I have collected. (I now save them on a thumb drive so I don’t have so many papers to go through)

  6. I love this way too!!! I think your drawing is a lot easier to understand than the picture tutorial I had followed! Thanks so much for creating the visual! 🙂

  7. Great tutorial Heather – so clear!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. kathie richard says

    yes, I can under stand now I just stated making my own bias. This was a blessing thank you so much for the tip very use full.

  9. robynsewsthisandthat says

    I had used this method a few years ago to make continuous bias tape but, found it too confusing to remember. I love the way you have illistrated it and have been using your style to share it with others in my pillows and piping class. Everybody loves it. Thank you for sharing.

  10. stilldavida says

    Thank you! You’re my new hero! I’m new to bias tape making- Have only done it once and sewed each strip together individually. So tedious! This is just awesome.

    • I’m just happy to hear that it helps out. I swear, I need to make bias for almost every other project in my world. I just made more this weekend and have yet another color to make. I am in pillow mode and it seems to be never ending.

  11. suhaila rehman says

    thanx for this brilliant way but i was following another good way of binding as follows;
    fold your material into a triangle then cut on the fold line now measure the width you want to use for ur binding ie 1” onwards attach right sides together but in an ‘L’ shape one OVER the other taking care of the sharp edges to be above to get a continuous line without trimming and go on repeating the process length will vary as go not to worry,for total length just measure the strips normally i don’t,it’s just an estimate of the area as in curve measurement you’re applying to and you’re done

  12. Ellie Selfridge says

    This is how I am going to do my binding from now on. Thank you!

  13. Ellie Selfridge says

    I mean bias

  14. Georgina Diefenbacher says

    Thank you for sharing. Binding edges will be more fun and faster than before.

  15. A video is always much more helpful then trying to understand what I’m reading.

  16. Rosanne Hendrixson says

    Okay, big question…. can I use this same method with upholstery yardage? My fabric is 57” wide, from your chart a yard will give me the 25 yards of bias tape for cording that I need. I am assuming take a yard at the 57” width, fold for a 45 degree angle, cut on the fold, and follow the directions to make my 2” wide strips. Any additional advice?

    • Hello Rosanne,
      Yes, this method can be used on all types of fabrics. Just follow the diagram for placing/stitching and you are all set!