Instructions for creating continuous bias tape

Bias tape is useful for quilt bindings, especially along scalloped or curved edges because the bias stretches and allows the binding to lie flat. Narrow bias tape is also useful for applique of vines and stems. Below you will find illustrated instructions to help you construct tape of any width. Use the calculator to determine how much fabric you will need for the width of tape you want. Or if you prefer a more generic approach, static yardage tables are presented below.

Bias Tube Construction Yardage Tables
Measure around all sides of piece, add 6” for end connection; this is your total length. Next select table for preferred bias width.  Square size specified includes seam allowances for making bias tube.

1” Wide Strip

 

1 ¼” Wide Strip

 

1 ½” Wide Strip

Length

 

Square

 

Length

 

Square

 

Length

 

Square

50

 

8.0

 

62

 

9.5

 

75

 

11.5

72

 

9.0

 

90

 

11.5

 

108

 

13.5

98

 

10.5

 

122

 

13.0

 

147

 

15.5

128

 

12.0

 

160

 

15.0

 

192

 

17.5

162

 

13.5

 

202

 

16.5

 

243

 

20.0

200

 

15.0

 

250

 

18.5

 

300

 

22.0

242

 

16.5

 

302

 

20.0

 

363

 

24.0

288

 

17.5

 

360

 

22.0

 

432

 

26.0

338

 

19.0

 

422

 

23.5

 

507

 

28.5

392

 

20.5

 

490

 

25.5

 

588

 

30.5

450

 

22.0

 

562

 

27.0

 

 

 

 

512

 

23.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 ¾” Wide Strip

 

2” Wide Strip

 

2 ¼” Wide Strip

Length

 

Square

 

Length

 

Square

 

Length

 

Square

87

 

13.0

 

64

 

12.0

 

72

 

13.5

126

 

15.5

 

100

 

15.0

 

112

 

16.5

171

 

18.0

 

144

 

17.5

 

162

 

20.0

224

 

20.5

 

196

 

20.5

 

220

 

23.0

283

 

23.0

 

256

 

23.5

 

288

 

26.0

350

 

25.5

 

324

 

26.0

 

364

 

29.5

423

 

28.0

 

400

 

29.0

 

450

 

32.5

504

 

30.5

 

484

 

32.0

 

544

 

35.5

591

 

33.0

 

576

 

34.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 ½” Wide Strip

 

2 ¾” Wide Strip

 

3” Wide Strip

Length

 

Square

 

Length

 

Square

 

Length

 

Square

80

 

15.0

 

88

 

16.5

 

72

 

17.5

125

 

18.5

 

137

 

20.0

 

150

 

22.0

180

 

22.0

 

198

 

24.0

 

216

 

26.0

245

 

25.5

 

269

 

28.0

 

294

 

30.5

320

 

29.0

 

352

 

32.0

 

384

 

34.5

405

 

32.5

 

445

 

35.5

 

486

 

39.0

500

 

36.0

 

550

 

39.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 ¼”  Wide Strip

 

3 ½” Wide Strip

 

4” Wide Strip

Length

 

Square

 

Length

 

Square

 

Length

 

Square

58

 

14.5

 

63

 

15.5

 

81

 

17.5

104

 

19.0

 

112

 

20.5

 

128

 

23.5

162

 

23.5

 

175

 

25.5

 

200

 

29.0

234

 

28.5

 

252

 

30.5

 

288

 

34.5

318

 

33.0

 

343

 

35.5

 

392

 

40.5

416

 

37.5

 

448

 

40.5

 

 

 

 

526

 

42.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5”  Wide Strip

 

6” Wide Strip

 

7” Wide Strip

Length

 

Square

 

Length

 

Square

 

Length

 

Square

90

 

22.0

 

52

 

19.0

 

56

 

20.5

160

 

29.0

 

108

 

26.0

 

126

 

30.5

250

 

36.0

 

192

 

34.5

 

224

 

40.5

360

 

43.0

 

300

 

43.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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