|Continuous Bias Binding Tutorial:
Step 1 - Measure the quilt to determine how many inches of binding you need. Allow 10" extra for turning
corners and the closure. The equation is: [(height of quilt + width of quilt) x 2] + 10.
Refer to chart to find the size square needed.
Size square to Cut
Bias Strip 2˝-Wide
Bias Strip 2½˝-Wide
Bias Strip 3˝-Wide
110˝ 14˝ square 16˝ square 18˝ square 20˝ square
220˝ 19˝ square 23˝ square 26˝ square 28˝ square
340˝ 23˝ square 28˝ square 32˝ square 35˝ square
480˝ 28˝ square 33" square 37˝ square 40˝ square
Step 2. Cut the square in half diagonally (Diagram I).
Step 3. With right sides together, sew the triangles together with a 1/4" seam and press open.
Step 4. On fabric wrong side long edges, draw lines to make strips of your chosen binding width (Diagram II). Use
a clear acrylic rotary ruler and a pencil or fine-point permanent pen to draw the lines.
Step 5. Bring the short diagonal edges together, forming a tube (Diagram III). Offset the drawn lines by one strip.
With right sides together, match lines with pins at the 1/4" seamline and stitch seam; press open.
Step 6. With scissors, cut along continuously drawn line.
For a video on continuous bias binding, click here.
Not only do we throw away things that we could use to save money but we can buy some very low cost
items. These are some of the things that I have found that are useful.
1. Storage for projects
Plastic bags from purchased drapery, etc. items
Space bags- roll up type. Great for packing for a retreat.
2. Tubes & Noodles (paper towels, wrapping paper, 54” fabric, swim noodles)
Roll binding around the tube. It stays neat and is easy to unroll as you attach it to the quilt.
Use to slip the cords from irons, etc. in for storage.
Use the tube to store your Teflon appliqué sheet in
Use the larger rolls to sandwich your quilt
Store quilts to prevent folded creases. (swim noodles)
Processed 2 lb. cheese boxes (Velveeta) as dividers in drawers
Pizza boxes- “clean” Short tern storage for blocks larger than 12 inches
Clothes rack- fold a piece of batting over the hanger and stitch with a zipper foot or press if using
fusible batting. Keeps pants from slipping off the rack.
Multiple pant rack- (using a paper towel tube) holds applique sheets, quilt-ease mat, rolled
Clear containers from Crisco
4. Storage for used needles / rotary cutter blades
Pill bottles (be sure to remove the label
Round breath mints container
Small spice container- holes, light weight, small
5. Notebook with zip lock bags.
Using the gallon zip lock bags that are pleated on the bottom, with a three-hole punch, punch
holes in the bottom of the bag (place the bag between paper to make it easier to punch holes). Insert
small specialty rulers and instructions and place in the notebook.
6. Portable design wall
Plastic table cloth-check the back of the cloth
Use a large sheet to lay out quilt top. Once your layout is complete, pin the blocks to the sheet. If
you need to put your project away before all the blocks are stitched together, you can just fold up the
Display board covered with flannel
7. Foundation for a quilt
$ Tree- parchment paper-
Tape measure- for snap bags
8. Can’t take scissors with you
Dental floss, also a great storage for old pins
9. Selvage edge of fabric
As you begin a project, keep the trimmed selvage with the name of the collection and
manufacturer -- be sure to leave enough of the actual print so you can see the color way. You can put
them on a hanger, hook, dowel, or even a nail in the wall. Then if you need more of the fabric later,
you'll have an easy reference to know what you used.
Use several as a colorful tie on a gift bag and add tissue from an old pattern.
10. Pant Hangers with clips
Hang quit tops until you are ready to quilt them
Hang pressed fabrics until they are ready to be used
Use to display small quilted projects
11. Key ring
Safety pin small swatches of fabric on the ring to carry shopping
Color coded key rings- use as ID tags on scissors, cutter, etc.
12. Bobbin Storage
Tiny pony tail bands around the bobbin; new rubber bands for bracelets.
13. Wide emery board / fine sand paper
Use the emery board as a guide to mark half square triangles. Prevents fabric from stretching
as you draw the line
Place the fabric on the fine sand paper to prevent stretching, movement.
14. Save the date magnets/advertising
Cut and glue into the bottom of small plastic containers to hold needles. Altoids mint boxes
15. Need a box for quilt blocks
Ask your local pizza store for a clean box.
16. Glue Sticks
Here's some tips for making glue sticks last longer and go further: Purple school glue
1) Put a piece of any kind of tape around where the glue stick and its lid meet, and they won't dry out;
2) Put your glue sticks in the refrigerator to keep them gluey longer - better yet, put them in the freezer!
The frozen glue stick works just fine!
3) Wonderful for appliqué, holding a binding in place for machine sewing, hold in place when sewing
half square triangles.
17. Scissor protector
Cut a 1 to 2-inch section from a sturdy drinking straw.
Quilted orphan block, folded into “cone” shape and stitched or hot glued. Also, a good place to
put needles or pins.
Place ChapStick, or the like, on your lips and run thread through your lips. This will stiffen the
thread and make it easier to thread a needle.
19. Car Case ideas (Hot Wheels)
Wonderful way to store thread
Sewing machine feet
Plastic needle cases
20. Nylon pot scrubbers / bath scrubbers
Use to clean the strings from your cutting boards
21. Baby Wipes- Clean your plastic “quilt ease” mat- with baby wipes to restore the sticky.
22. Sideburn Trimmer
23. Skate Tape
Clear skateboard tape on the underside of the ruler will prevent it from moving
24. Small spool of thread inside cone
25. Glass jar
Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the ring of a quart jar lid. Put a hole in the center of the cardboard
and place large spools of thread in the jar running the thread through the hole and to your machine.
26. Magnetic Holder
Holds scissors, Olfa cutters
27. Locking Clamp- Hemostat
Help with turning in the applique’ technique.
28. Screw drivers
To help with changing feet.
29.Head Lamp/Snake Light
Light to see when you are in the dark!!
30. Plastic pencil boxes
Hold rotary cutters
Hold marking pins, etc.
Great organizers for many items
Great for traveling items
31. Dryer sheets
Clean your iron. Be sure to place the dryer sheet on an old towel.
Run your thread through a folded piece to help in threading a needle.
Tape measure- $ Tree
33. Material bolt
Cover to use as an ironing surface
Use as a support for the 6 x 24-inch ruler
34. Painters’ Tape (cheap kind)
Use for grid quilting
35. Bull dog hanger
Cut it to size, use as a zipper stop on a jacket.
36. Pencil eraser
Use on the screw to replace machine needles
37. Roll Velcro strips (Walmart)
Put around cords
38. Suit case
Broken wheel but I use it for fabric storage.
39. From my husband’s favorite tool store- always keep the sack to bring fabric in the house.
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