Continuous Bias Binding Using Susan Brown’s Bias Ruler


Hi, it’s Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. We have a fun tutorial for you today. We’re going to show you going to show you how to make continuous binding using the Simply Easy Bias Ruler by Susan Brown.

It has the hinge in the middle. You unfold it. You start with a half yard piece of fabric and you’re going to open that up, lay it straight out like this. You’re going to lay your bias ruler on it and match up your corners and draw your lines on. This time instead of cutting we’re going to draw our lines right on here. I’m using a charcoal pencil because that shows up on camera but
there are all kinds of wonderful marking tools that you can use.

So, you’re going to draw your lines all the way along here and when you get to the end as far as you can go, right here. You’re going to cut that corner off and we’ve done that here. OK, so we’ve made these marks here, and now what we’re going to do is we’re going to take this corner here and we’re going to bring this up here to this pencil line right here. We’re going to offset it one strip, and the important thing right here is that these little lines inside are going to cross and basically what we’re making is a tube.

This looks a little confusing but you can see right here, see where these two lines come together, they’re going to cross right here at the top, and you want to put those together at the cross, and you’re just going to sew a straight seam along here and let’s make sure that we got a little cross going on right there see how those cross over, and then we’ll sew this all together in a long tube, as soon as we pin these all on here, got another little, make sure our lines are lined up. This will give us a continuous binding that’s already pieced together, so nice.

Alright, let’s go sew this over at the sewing machine. This is going to look a little bit goofy because of, you know, how you have to pin it and how you have to make that tube, but you just pin it so these little seams cross, and then we’re just going to sew straight along there. We’re going to take these pins out as we come to them. I’m using white thread so that you can see it here. There we go, just a ¼” in, and you just kind of want to curve this around as you come to it.

Alright, now all we’ve got to do is trim it and we’re going to trim it on these lines right here. So, let’s go into the cutting table. So, here’s our seam and it’s, you know not like a straight tube but the lines are in the middle so let’s flip this inside out, or right side out actually and you can see how that makes a tube, and you can see our starting point right here. We’re going to turn this over and we’re just going to cut now on this line, and we’re just going to keep cutting and going around and around, and this is going to make us a wonderful continuous binding. It’s already seamed together, keep flippin’ that tube. Here we go, here we come to our first seam, right here.

Look at that. You see how this is happening? This is pretty magic. OK, so as you’re cutting, you’ll notice mine aren’t exactly perfect, but that’s alright, you’re going to fold it in half when you put your binding on anyway. That will all be caught up in a seam, and we’re almost to the end here. Here we go, this is just a really fast fun way to make a really nice binding. I’ve got one more. It’d be fun to see how much we get out of a half yard.

Alright, well that’s it for us, let’s measure and see how much we got. We got a pretty good piece here. Let’s see well there’s 100, 200” of binding, continuous bind!

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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  • Sherryj

    If you sew the triangle you cut off to the other end of the fabric so that you have two parallel diagonal ends, you will increase the amount of binding you get from one piece. I love this method of making continuous bias binding

  • Joy

    This is like magic!  It lets you bypass all the piddly little pieces of bias, which is always a dilemma for me.  Thanks, Jenny!!

    • Sarah

      Isn’t it great!!?  🙂

  • Puffy3b

    I do not usually make the binding on the bias but will try this.  I do not have that tool so can I just measure 2 1/2 inches across the fabric?  

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 13 @ 4:27am (UTC):

      Yes you can…
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan

      (888) 571-1122

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  • Coleen

    Could I do this without the bias ruler ? I will need to get the ruler, but I am getting ready to do a scallop edge and need bias binding. Thanks for any help you van give me.

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 13 @ 4:50am (UTC):

      Of course you can …..the tools just make it easier.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan

      (888) 571-1122

      ## Conversation started by Disqus, on May 6 @ 9:13pm (UTC):


  • Nanciestokes

    Totally understandable…I used it and am finally able to understand how it works.  Thank you, thank you for all the tutes.

  • Linda Heck

    Oh my gosh, am I going to try this!!! Have a quilt that has been ready to be finished in forever now, and I finally am ready to do it, since i see how really easy it can be done. Thanks so much for making something for me that has been ever so difficult really turn out to be an easy fix. Your a great instructor Jenny.

    • Natalie

      Hi Linda,
      You are very welcome! Thank you for the sweet comment. 

  • You can’t see the lines AT ALLLLLLL. IM confused. Jenny please do another video. Use a light fabric please!!!!!!!!

    • Seriously, the pencil lines can’t e seen. Does the tool come with directions?

  • Carol Mansfield

    I have a king quilt that will require 402″ of binding. Since the 1/2 yard of material makes 200″ can I use more material or do I need to combine 2 or more lengths of strips?

  • LaVonne A Kindred

    Another mystery solved! Thank you, thank you.