How To Make Continuous Bias Binding From A Rectangle

There are several ways to go about cutting and sewing bias binding tape. They've all got their pro's and con's. I'm going to show you my favourite method, but first I'll discuss the strip-by-strip method and the continuous method using a square of fabric.

Whichever method you use you'll start with deciding how wide you want your finished binding to be and multiply that by four. For example if you want a 1/4 inch wide finish on your hem you want to cut 1 inch wide strips. (unless you want double fold bias binding in which case you multiply by six).

Strip-by-Strip Method

Flannelette Tampico Inspired Bustle

I'm quite pleased with the final results from the flannelette version of the Tampico style bustle.

The ruffles are stiffer then I expected from the soft fabric and they have a lot more structure then the blue and purple one without the corded edge.  That one may end up in the UFO pile yet until I can face more of the horrid synthetic fabric, aaaand I've been distracted by other projects, which I will tell you all about soon.

Sorry about the poor lighting in the photos, I don't have the photography 'studio' set up at the moment because it's being used as my project work space instead.

It turned out to be larger then I expected, slightly too big for me, so I'll probably sell this one. I'll make a few changes the next time I make it so the front doesn't overlap so much and the pleat at the sides go the other way, but overall I'd call it a success.


  1. looks great. So amazing you figured out the pattern from photos and written descriptions. I do that some with crochet patterns. If it had fit, what would you have worn over it?

    1. Thank you. It can be fun working out the pattern from pictures but sometime it takes a lot of trial and error, do you find that with crochet patterns? I have a specific 1870's gown in mind for wearing with this kind of bustle. In retrospect I think I need to rework the dimensions to get this bustle closer to the original and I have some new fabric that I think should behave like the fabric used in the (I hope).


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