Oct 09

Liberty bias binding


Reporting back on the progress of my various Scraps of the Week (or should that be Scrap of the Weeks?) has been a little erratic. Sorry about that.

Here’s what happened to Scrap #13, a Liberty Tana Lawn skirt in shell-pink Glenjade pattern (one of my favourites) with an intractable black stain.

Some of it became a length of beautiful bias binding which I’ve just sold. I periodically sell this kind of thing in my Etsy store, along with other vintage-y, haberdasher-ish (mostly) loveliness. Liberty Tana Lawn makes gorgeously soft and flexible bias binding; it smooths itself beautifully around curved edges and is a real joy to work. And small amounts of this densely patterned, colour-saturated fabric go a long way, so you don’t need a lot.


Upcycled Liberty bias binding


Making bias-binding isn’t as difficult as you might think and is really satisfying. You must start with a reasonable quantity of fabric; much less than a metre can be counterproductive as you’ll find yourself creating endless joins. And you must cut your strips diagonally to the straight grain of the fabric (‘on the bias’, or ‘on the cross’) in order for it to have the desired elasticity. What would you say to a little tutorial? OK. If I get more than 20 requests in the comments, I’ll post one.


Liberty bias binding


Back to the upcycled skirt, some became buttons (now sold too). And the rest I still have. So many projects, so little time! I might eventually try my hand at a Tumbling Blocks quilt, inspired by Deirdre Amsden‘s Liberty one in this 1970s patchwork book.


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  1. Hilary says:

    I hadn't thought of cutting up an old skirt to make bias binding, what a filling idea! I'm sure a tutorial will be well read. Thank you in advance.

  2. Lizzie says:

    Tutorial – yes please! I have made my own sometimes but it doesn't seem to turn out as neat as yours looks. Also, having had the bias binding maker for some time and thrown away the wrapper (obviously…) I can't remember how wide I'm supposed to cut the strip….and there's nothing on the thing itself to tell me.

  3. Cornflower says:

    I'd welcome a tutorial. Thank you!

  4. Cornelia says:

    Yes please Eirlys – I'd love to learn how to make my own bias binding!

  5. Lala says:

    Yes please! Would love to know what's your way of doing it. Thanks

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