Bias Tape or Binding – Single or Double Fold (Tutorial)

Bias-BindingOne of my learning goals for 2015 was bias binding. I love the rounded edges on small projects, above you can see the Flora supply case has a nice curve to accommodate a zipper closure. I purchased a bias tape maker a while back, and I’ve been using it to make my own bias tape for all these curve projects. By cutting the fabric on the bias {a 45° angle}, it will go around a curve, until fabric cut on the straight grain. But, it seems that when it comes to binding with bias or regular binding, the terms “Double Fold” and “Single Fold” have different meanings {at least to the modern quilter}. So, after a little web searching and checking some shops, I want t share the difference that I found. Let’s start with bias bindings:

Bias-TapeHere’s some bias tape, the top is double fold, the bottom is single fold. I made both of these bias tapes myself, by cutting the fabric on the bias, sewing it together, and then using a bias tape maker. The difference is, after the top take came out of the bias tape maker, I folded it in half again. So, for the top tape, if you wanted to purchase an equivalent, you’d buy 1/2″ double fold bias tape. For the bottom, you’d buy 1″ single fold bias tape.

Some projects that require bias tape {like finishing an applique} do not apply the bias tape to the edge of the product, therefore, single fold is all that is necessary {otherwise, there would be four layers of fabric appliqued on}. To read a more in depth tutorial on bias tape, visit Sew4Home, there’s is the best I’ve seen.

From what I can tell, bias tape and bias binding, when purchased from a large retailer {like JoAnn’s} are the same thing. However, for straight grain binding, double and single fold binding have different meanings. Let’s take a look:

BindingThe top is double fold binding. It is one strip of fabric folding in half in the middle. This is then sewn flat onto the quilted project and the folded edge is folded around to the back and stitched. You can read a great tutorial at Canoe Ridge Creations. Single fold binding has come to mean sewing an unfolded strip of fabric to the edge of a quilt, then wrapping the raw edge around to the back, tucking in the edge, and sewing in place {essentially folding it like double fold bias tape…see where the confusion begins?}. You can read a great tutorial on single fold binding here {I use this mini quilts and mug rugs}.

When it comes to binding a quilt, whether the fabric is cut straight grain or on the bias, more modern tutorials seem to agree that the double fold should refer to the folds shown directly above, both the Sew4Home tutorial referenced above and this Craftsy tutorial show even bias binding folded in half in the center.

binding-infoI think the usage of the same wording to mean different things is a little confusing. I’ll admit, I didn’t give it much thought until some questions came up from testers. So, here’s the info I found, I hope it helps clear things up {as much as they can be!}. Do you have any questions I can help answer?

Patchwork Bedside Basket

Fabirc-Basket-2I made a couple fabric basket’s using my Bedside Basket Tutorial {from almost 3 years ago?!} for my son’s preschool teachers this week, I had a lot of fun putting together some favorite fabrics in a combination I hadn’t used before. I posted this inspiration photo on Instagram:

Edit: I went with this bundle, so I deleted the rest for now!  Trying to mix colors for a new project...but not sure I've got it right...I love every print here, but I'm feeling like the blue (3rd from the bottom) doesn't quite flow, but I want to use it so bad! Thoughts?I mentioned that I was worried the colors weren’t quite flowing like I wanted them to, but that I really loved all the prints, a few people offered suggestions and I posted a few more bundle options. But, as I looked at my other choices, I became confident that these were the prints I wanted to use, and I’m so glad I did! I think they worked together really well!

Fabirc-Basket-3I used a solid print inside my basket, instead of patchwork like I had with the original, this came together much quicker {which is great, since I made them last minute, like I seem to do everything!}

Fabirc-Basket-1I sewed the sides and bottom like I had on my tutorial update, and I really like the shape it gives the basket too. Though, I did break two needles sewing through the bulk, maybe because I was in such a hurry.

I know one of the teachers is a sewer, but I thought baskets might be more multifunctional than a pouch or something. Now, we’re new to the teacher gift thing…what other kids of gifts have you given teachers? I’d love to know for future reference, as we have lots of school years ahead of us!

WIP: Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

Let me show you what I’ve been sewing! This is Lori Holt’s new book “Farm Girl Vintage“. It is featured on her blog beeinmybonnet. You can purchase it  at the Fat Quarter Shop.

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I have been sewing along and trying very hard to keep up. These blocks are so cute and fun to make. Some of them are stretching my skills, which is a really good thing. The block I am currently working on has flying geese, learning some new techniques for this one. Love the PamKittyMorning fabric!
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These are the first two blocks that I made. It’s a lot of fun  using such a variety of fabric and background fabric too.
FarmGirlVintage3 Then there are these two. I love the little girl from Tasha Noel’s line, The Simple Life by Riley Blake. I can’t wait until her new line, Vintage Market comes out. And for the bowl, of course, Farmdale Blossom by Alexander Henry is a favorite too (too bad it’s out of print and hard to find).

FarmGirlVintage4Here they are all together. Having fun and still stretching my skills. Perfect combination.

What are you sewing this spring?

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 12}

King's Crown

Thanks for all your well wishes last week! I’m pretty much back to normal, and just catching up on laundry and everything else. And I know everyone says time flies, but as my kids get older, it really does go even faster! So, here’s this weeks block, King’s Crown. I cut into my Katy Jump Rope, my very first designer fabric purchase. Yes, I’ve had this fabric for almost 7 years and never cut into it! But it feels good to have cut it!

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Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the block:

King’s Crown: I used the same methods as last week.

I know this is a short post, but it’s better than nothing! I don’t think I’ll have any blocks next week, with Easter and we’re participating in The Stash-Busting Blog Hop with Retro Mama and Stitch Craft Create {you can check the schedule here!}

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 11}

Buzzard's-RoostSince I’m apparently having the cold that never ends, I’ve only got one block for you this week: Buzzard’s Roost. First, I was going to make this block mostly pink with the mint for the flying geese, but in my distracted cutting, I cut the squares/rectangles reversed. So, I recut the center square in mint and I think it’s a happy mistake now because I love that mint print so much.

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Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the block:

Buzzard’s Roost: I sewed slightly to the outside of the drawn line on the 2 1/2″ squares. Then, when I trimmed and pressed them they turned out more square without any excess. I will be doing this from now on.

I know this is a short post, but it’s better than nothing! Maybe I’ll even have 3 blocks next week…

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.