Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cutting bias binding

When you need to get a little extra stretch in your binding you have to cut it on the bias right? Yes most of us know this is true.

And for those of you who are new to quilting and who are not sure what we are referring to when we talk about the bias:
The bias is the stretchy part of the fabric Fabric has a straight grain (length of the fabric, cut end to cut end), and a cross grain (width of fabric selvage to selvage) which are at a 45 degree angle from each other. The bias runs diagonally across the fabric. And will have the most give making it perfect for curved binding edges.

The straight grain is the most stable part of the fabric. When you need some give in your fabric cut it on the diagonal, or bias and you will be able to ease it around curved or scalloped edges much easier.

But how many bias strips of fabric can I cut from one square?

Here is a great article that answers the very question. Take a look at "Sew What's New" this is just one of the many useful articles I have found there. If it has to do with sewing you are sure to find answers on this website. You may even find some new groups or friends there as well. Sew What's New is a free social network, of members who are passionate about sewing. Take a look and see for your self. (At least read the article on bias binding)

Happy Quilting my friends.

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