There you stand in the fabric store, staring at that giant display of bias tapes and bindings in front of you, the shiny cellophane packages glinting in their neat, color coordinated rows. Single fold, double fold, blanket, quilt. Geeze! What’s what? Do you just throw a dart and hope for the best? No! You study your Sew4Home Sizing ID Chart and get exactly what you really need.

Here are the basic facts about the six most common types of bindings.

Single fold bias tape

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This is the flat bias trim with both edges folded in. It finishes at ½” and usually requires stitching along both edges… similar to applying ribbon. It’s normally used for trim, casings and narrow facings.

Extra wide single fold bias tape

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Just like the single fold above, but this bias trim finishes at 1″. Like its skinny cousin, it usually requires stitching along both edges and is most often used for trim, casings, facings and hems.

Double fold bias binding

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This is basically the single fold bias tape from above, folded in half. It’s almost always used as an edge finish or to create ties. It finishes at ¼”.

Extra wide double fold bias binding

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You’re noticing a pattern by now, I’ll bet. The extra wide double fold, is the extra wide single fold, folded in half. It finishes at ½”, and as above, is most often used as an edge finish or for ties. This is one of our favorites for simple bindings, such as around a placemat or hot pad or even as edging for a bag flap.

Quilt binding

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We like to think of this as extra-extra wide double fold bias binding. Quilt binding finishes at ⅞”. Use it to finish the edges of fabrics with bulk, like fleece blankets or, as the name implies: quilts.

Blanket binding

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This type of binding is simply folded once, in half, finishing at approximately 2″.  Most folks choose this for finishing fleece blankets or replacing worn blanket binding. It’s almost always satin so it creates that wonderfully smooth bound edge kids love to rub across the bridge of their noses when they suck their thumbs.

There you have it. Now… step up to that bias tape display with confidence!

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  • How to Identify The Most Common Straight Line Shapes
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1 year ago

I’ve noticed that the width

I’ve noticed that the width of the prepackaged binding is slightly wider on one side.  Should I sew the wider side first, then fold thinner side over and sew a second seam?

1 year ago

I do appreciate the

I do appreciate the explanations here; I had been wondering about these.  I have a question: if the blanket binding is just folded in half, how does it get sewn in without a raw edge showing?

Thanks so much for all the sewing ideas and stuff you provide!

Kathleen Ann
Kathleen Ann
1 year ago

Thanks for the detailed

Thanks for the detailed explanations. Was there also supposed to be a bias tape chart in this post? Unless the ads are covering it up, I don’t see it.

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