Edited 6/5/12: It has been brought to my attention that the link and graphics I originally provided in my post to this tutorial is a knock-off copy without due credit of an original post by Jona Giammalva on her blog here. I have edited the link and offer my apologies to Jona. It is never my intent to share tutorials or the work of others on this blog without due credit.
(diagram from http://jonag.typepad.com/)
A couple of days ago a customer came into the shop needing help with the instructions to make continuous bias tape. This is the method that I always use to make bias tape, and while it is easy for me to do because I’ve done it forever, it is not so easy to explain to someone who has never tried it. There are plenty of books that explain the method, some with better diagrams than others, but I found this tutorial that shows each step perfectly and makes the process so easy to understand. All it takes is one fat quarter to make five yards of bias tape (or you can use a larger square of fabric if you need more than five yards.) Here’s a great resource for calculating how much bias binding needed for your project, as well as yield charts from different cuts of fabric.
Oh, and one more hint, don’t use a Frixion pen to mark your cutting lines…when you sew that last seam and iron it open your marked lines will disappear…ask me how I know!