How to apply bias binding

How to apply bias binding

Bias binding is really reall great. Especially if you’re applying it on a garment you are sewing that does not have an inside panel or interfacing. The last thing you want to be doing is to battle with a seam where it looks untidy, unkempt and like you have sewn your first garment ever.

The bias binding is a great way to make a garment look really pretty with a colorful edge around the sleeve or seam or used in another creative way. The trick is how to apply the bias binding.

The only thing is that if you don’t know what you are doing, how to apply the bias binding can be quite complex, confusing and downright difficult to figure out. I’m hoping that on this page, you can get some help with how to apply bias binding.

Make certain you have your sewing box out, because you are going to need a lot of pins for this. Yes! This is pinning down work. Regardless of how good you think you are, or really are, you are going to need to pin the bias binding on the edge of fabric you want to sew. In my case, in this tutorial, it is a sleeve.

Pin the bias binding around the fabric you want to have the bias binding on. Do this with the bias binding being equally thick on the inside and the outside stopping and aligning the two sides with each other. Then pin.

How to apply bias binding

The bias binding now needs to be sewn. Go slow and carefully, stretching or straightening curves where it needs to be straightened for a better fit. As you sew, make sure the bias binding is still in the same position and the needle gets the bottom and the top part of the bias binding. That’s all there is to it!

At the top end of the bias binding where it ends, fold the end in underneath where you are going to stitch the bias binding to make a nice rounding off so that there are no rough edges. And bang, you’re done!

I bet you never thought that bias binding is this easy to apply! With a little bit of practice, adding bias binding to your projects will really enhance your work. Sometimes, it’s necessary to make your own bias binding. I have put together an easy bias binding tutorial that you can click on to see how it works and how you can make your own!


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