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

Sunday Shot 5 - Shoe Last

shoe last

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    1. It is isn't it? That's one of the reasons I love it so much.

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  2. What an interesting photo, where did you find this?

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    1. I've had it so long I don't actually remember but I think I picked it up from an antique shop.

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  3. Is it for making shoes? x
    #MySundayPhoto

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    1. It sure is. You can't see it so well in the photo but it's hinged in the middle so that it can be removed from a shoe.

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  4. Like this as quirky and makes me want to know more

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    1. I'm so glad, it was a last minute, desperate 'I need a photo, and it will have to be a still life, what cool thing do I have I can shoot?' decision.

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  5. This looks quite old, is their a story behind it?

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. I don't know how hold it is, and I don't know what it's original story is either unfortunately. It is stamped with 8B which is a ladies shoe size, I wonder when shoe sizes were standarised because that would give a clue as to how old it is along with the actual style. A good old fashioned shoe maker would probably know.

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  6. ooh i love this photo. i thought it was a shoe last but then i wasn't sure. but i see that it is. it is a lovely object.

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    1. Thanks Sherry :o) People think I'm strange to have a shoe last as a decorative item - but I love it.

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  7. What a clever find. Thanks for linking up to Vintage Beauty!

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  8. I love the name shoe last. It makes me wonder about the origin of the word.

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    1. I love word etymology. OE has this to say about it: "shoemaker's block," from Old English læste, from last "track, footprint, trace," http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=last&searchmode=none

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