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Bias tape makes binding a quilt easier than ever! Premade bias strips take the hassle out of binding and helps quilts come together beautifully. Or, if you prefer to make your own quilt bias & binding, check out quilt binding accessories that help you get the job done right like bias tape makers, seam tape, and binding clips. Shop ... read more

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Quilt Binding & Quilt Bias Tools

The final step for a painter is choosing a frame for the masterpiece. The final step of sewing a quilt is enclosing the raw edges of the quilt’s layers in a binding. You can find the materials and tools you need to bind a quilt here at Missouri Star. We have lots of free tutorials to help you learn easy techniques for quilt binding. In the video links below and this handy-dandy article, we will answer burning questions such as: What is the easiest way to bind a quilt? How wide should quilt binding be? What is quilting bias and binding for quilts? How do you make a continuous bias binding for a quilt? Do I have to use bias binding for my quilt?

First off, after your quilt has been quilted and before you add a binding, you need to square and trim the quilt. Watch this tutorial from Natalie to learn how to square and trim quilts with borders, quilts without borders, whole-cloth quilts, and quilts with curved or angled corners.

Once your quilt has been squared and trimmed, you are ready to bind it. In her video, The Ultimate Quilt Binding Tutorial, Jenny takes you through the quilt binding process from start to finish. Because she is binding a square quilt in this video, Jenny shows you how to make straight quilt binding tape rather than bias binding. Straight binding is easier to make than bias binding and is perfectly acceptable for quilts with straight edges. How wide quilt binding should be is a matter of personal preference. Jenny likes to use binding that is 2½” wide. She shares many more helpful tips in the tutorial.

Now that we have shown you the easiest way to bind a quilt, you are probably wondering why anyone would ever use quilting bias tape. Here’s the reason… Straight binding works well for straight edges, but it doesn’t work well for curves. When woven cloth is cut on the bias–at a 45° angle–the cloth will stretch; there will be some “give” to it. Therefore, when you need binding to fit around scalloped edges or rounded corners on a quilt, it is best to use bias tape. If you don’t have time to make your own, Missouri Star sells many colors of bias tape for sewing and quilting. But it is not difficult to make quilt bias in whatever fabric you choose.

How do you make quilting bias? In this Continuous Bias Binding tutorial (below), Jenny shows you how to make 200” of bias binding from ½ yard of fabric! Please note that the ruler used at the start of this video is no longer available at Missouri Star; however, you may like the improved version–the Bias Binding Simplified Ruler. The nifty thing about Jenny’s technique is that you only have to sew one seam! But there are other ways to make bias quilt binding tape. Watch how Natalie makes it and stitches it onto several curved pieces in her tutorial, How to Bind Curves and Circles with Bias Binding.

In their tutorials, both Jenny and Natalie estimated the amount of binding they needed to finish their quilts. Are you feeling nervous about doing this? We have a special tool–The Quilt Binding Tool– that takes the guesswork out of the process. Jenny shows you how to use it in this tutorial, The Quilt Binding Tool Explained.

By the way, there are other reasons to use fabric tape. Some folks use bias tape to make intricate Celtic quilt designs. Others use straight tape to craft Japanese meshwork. These artisans may be interested in a Bias Tape Maker. We carry these in several sizes and options to add fusible web or not.

Are you looking for a super fast way to finish a quilt? Watch Jenny demonstrate how to finish a Self-Binding Quilt. And if quilt binding is just not your thing, you can always depend on our professional Machine Quilting Services. Just send us your quilt; we will expertly quilt, trim, and bind it for you. Get a custom quote on our website.

Jenny is famous for saying, “Finished is better than perfect.” No matter how you decide to finish your quilt, Missouri Star is ready to help you with quilt binding tape, quilt binding tools, and tutorials to help you get the job done!