Continuous Bias Binding Calculator

Continuous bias binding calculator. Work out how much you will get from a square, or what size square you will need.

 

Did you enjoy the tutorial on how to make your own cute bias binding? So now you want to have a go at creating your own.  But how much do you need to make?  What size square will you need to start with.  Or how much will get you from a piece of fabric?  There’s nothing worse than running out of bias binding before you get to the end of your project, so make sure you always have enough with this handy Continuous Bias Binding Calculator.

 

Continuous bias binding calculator.  Work out how much you will get from a square, or what size square you will need.

You know from my background in finance that I love working with numbers and formulas and I’ve already shared a couple of handy spreadsheets to use for pattern drafting, for the pencil skirt pattern and the custom fit leggings.

This project is perfect for another spreadsheet, so I’ve made one that works out:

  1. How big a square you will need to cut for any length and width of bias binding
  2. How much length you will get from a square of a fixed size

Its easy to use.  Enter your figures in the green boxes and read the results in the blue boxes.  Want to make enough 2 inch wide strips for a quilt measuring 36 x 48 inches – then you’ll need a starting square of fabric that is 19 inches wide.

Continuous bias binding calculator.  Work out how much you will get from a square, or what size square you will need.

Have a small piece of fabric left over that is just 6 inches square?  Want to know how long of 1 inch wide continuous strips you could cut?  That’s easy too.  Enter the 6 inches and the 1 inches and you’ll see that this 6 inch square of fabric would make you a continuous length of at least 34 inches.

Continuous bias binding calculator. Work out how much you will get from a square, or what size square you will need.

If you don’t fancy the spreadsheet or are just looking for something you can slip in your purse when you go to the fabric shop, I’ve also produced a simple table from the spreadsheet results too.  This allows you to calculate roughly any amount of tape from 1 to 4 inches wide and from 12 to 120 inches long.  Why not print and pin this table to the wall next to your sewing machine.  Never again make far too much or too little.

Continuous bias binding calculator. Work out how much you will get from a square, or what size square you will need. Which will you download?  One or both?

Download the Spreadsheet HERE

Download the table and printable guide HERE 

You will need a spreadsheet program such as Excel, or Open Office Calc or MS Works in order to open and use the spreadsheet.  The printable guide is a PDF document.

photo credit: lovelihood via photopin cc

Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy

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9 Responses to Continuous Bias Binding Calculator

  1. Jill says:

    You are awesome! I’ve often thought about making a spreadsheet like this but a calculator is so much better! Thanks for doing all the legwork and sharing!

    • Deby Coles says:

      Glad you like it Jill. Do share it around, I found it hard to describe what it does, but I think once you try it, both the table and the calculator, a person can see how useful it is. Combine it with my new love of the bias tape maker and I’ve got more than I’ll use all year!

  2. Krista says:

    That’s so handy! Thank you! :)

  3. Deborah says:

    This is awesome! Thank you for sharing with us. I’ve downloaded both and am pinning so I can’t lose this. ~Deborah

  4. Anne says:

    This is so awesome! I am generally good at geometry but trying to figure how big a square I need to make so many diagonal strips makes my head hurt. Thank you for sharing this!! I’ve linked to your post on Craft Gossip:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-continous-bias-binding-plus-a-calculator/2014/02/23/
    –Anne

  5. joni says:

    This is so useful -thank you very much for doing this- I have always done far more than I needed, as it is such a pain running out. No more of that! Joan xx

  6. Diane Cullum says:

    Yay! What a sweet gift! I can’t wait to try this out. I’ve made bias tape for years but not your method with a square piece of fabric. Now I’m extra anxious to make some! Thank you Deby!

  7. Marti says:

    You’re so good! This is so handy. I’ve never made bias tape but when I do I will refer to this! Thanks for sharing it..pinned!

    Marti

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