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

Upcycle Project T-shirts to Bath Mat

upcycled T-shirt rag-rug crochet bath mat

I've got my decluttering momentum back but woke up today with the nasty 24 hour thing that hubby had yesterday. So even though I wanted to declutter I couldn't. What to do? A T-shirt upcycle project of course.

I've been holding onto some T-shirts with plans of upcycling them into a bathmat. It's a project that doesn't require any thinking on my behalf (the way lace making does because it's still so new for me) and it's also technically a decluttering project because it will remove some storage items from storage, so I get to feel like I'm making decluttering progress at the same time.

So far I've used up 5 T-shirts and there is enough of each T-shirt left that I can use them as rags. I don't know yet if I will use them as is or if I will actually cut them into squares and edge them on the overlocker so they can be washed and reused. I'll see how motivated I feel. I do want to try making a duster the way it says to in the CWA cookbook where you soak the cloth in paraffin or something.

upcycle T-shirt project

Um, and that's it for this fuzzy head. Have you done a T-shirt upcycle project, or do you plan to? Let me know in the comments! I might have to give it a try.

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  1. Great idea! I have a huge pile of t-shirt yarn I don't know what to do with....maybe this will be it!

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    1. I'm always in need of a new bath mat and they suit the rag-rug look. I hope your t-shirt yarn project goes well!

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  2. This mat looks great!!! I need to get my daughter into this! :)

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  3. It's finished now - I'll put a picture up of how it turned out probably tomorrow. Thankfully they are fast to make up.

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