Bias Tape Part 1: Cutting the Fabric

Bias Tape Part 1: Cutting the Fabric

You don't have to resort to pre-made bias binding for your next quilted project! This wonderful quilting tutorial allows you to make patterned bias tape using either a bias tape tool or bias tape machine. Part 1 outlines how to cut bias binding.

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Time to CompleteIn an evening



  • fabric - anywhere from a fat quarter to a yard, depending on how much bias tape you want
  • a yardstick or other long measuring tool - a wide, clear quilting ruler is nice
  • either a bias tape maker or a tool that forms it by hand
  • scissors or a large cutting mat and rotary cutting tool
  • disappearing fabric ink pen - or a Sharpie, since the ink will be on the inside of the tape
  • an iron
  • a pin


  1. The first step of any method for making bias tape is to cut strips of fabric. This tutorial makes double fold bias and uses 2 inch strips. Place your fabric on a large surface on the bias - that just means that it should look like a diamond.

    Cutting the Fabric    
  2. Draw a straight line down from one side of the top point. If your fabric has dots, like mine, follow a line of dots.

    Cutting the Fabric    
  3. Cut along the dotted line. Draw a line 2 inches from the first line - keep doing this until all fabric has lines all across it as shown:

    Cutting the Fabric

    Cutting the Fabric
  4. Cut fabric on the lines - you'll end up with a pile of fabric strips.

    Cutting the Fabric
  5. Sew each strip together (right sides together along where I've placed a pin) to make one long strip. The second picture shows how your seam will look.

    Cutting the Fabric

    Cutting the Fabric
  6. Check out Part 2: Machine Method and/or Part 3: Hand Tool Method for instructions on how to fold the bias tape.





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