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.
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:
- How big a square you will need to cut for any length and width of bias binding
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy