So, if you have a secret stash and something that could use a little trim, and maybe a bow…
…follow these instructions and whip yourself up some binding.
How to make Binding Out Of Fabric Scraps:
Step #1. Cut your scraps into pieces 2 inches wide and 6 inches long. (The length actually doesn’t matter…I just wanted them all to be the same. But it would be cute to have them all different lengths. Just make sure that all your pieces are the same width.)
Step #2. Sew all your pieces (right sides together) into one giant strip.
Step #3. Iron the entire length of your fabric strip in half.
tep #4. Now open the fabric back up and fold in each side of the fabric until it meets in the middle and iron again. (and then if your the ironing wiz that I am…go and get a cold beverage to guzzle and to wrap your burned fingers around….I prefer Dr. Pepper but you know, as long as it’s cold it doesn’t really matter…)
Step #5. Sew the binding around what ever you’d like…skirts, aprons, place mats, whatever…
And then if you’re like me and still have a pile of scraps after you’ve made 85 million miles of binding you can use the scraps (that you’ve already cut) to embellish the bottom of a fun summer shirt. Like this one:
So that’s that. How to make your own binding/bias tape and use up your scrap fabric at the same time.
***And just as a side note because I love a good deal: The dress and the shirt are both made out of flour sack dish towels (and you know how I love to use those whenever I can). Which means the clothes are inexpensive to make (nice flour sack dish towels cost around $1 each), wash well, and are light weight and breezy for the summer.
It’s everything I love in a project—affordable, easy, practical, and will last a whole lot longer than just for the pictures. Now, if only all the other projects I was working on would make me this happy…
i love this and have a bunch of dish towels i bought to embellish, guess i should make some cute dresses instead:)
I love this idea SO MUCH!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
Lovely! Can’t wait to use this on one of my bags. I’ll be sure to reference you and this tute if I do! Thanks for sharing!
great and cute result for this bias… Gonna reuse my scraps of fabric for the right way now!!!
I love this idea – it would be gorgeous as a quilt binding! Just a quick question – do you cut your strips on the straight or the bias?
Great tutorial! Thanks! 🙂
Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) says
What a cute idea – I am definitely going to have to try this out some time!
How fun! Love this idea 🙂
Great idea and great tutorial. I am always wondering what to do with scraps!
I would be really honored if you were to link up next week at my Pajama Party!
Shore Girl says
I love the variety in your binding — gonna have to did through my scrap bin and see what I can come up with!
Great idea! Where do you buy your flour sack dish towels? I’ve been looking for some good ones. Thanks!
I do this too! I sew the scraps to register tape and then trim it and tear off the tape.
What pattern did you use to make the top? This is so cute!
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Oh my gosh, I love this!!!
I would love for you to share a link to this fab tutorial on my mommy solution meme!
I have so much scrap fabric, I will definitely try this. One question though… you say to sew the pieces wrong sides together, but from the picture, it looks like they are sewn right sides together. I just want to make sure which way to sew them before I start! Thanks.
liZ evans says
Sophia—I buy my flour sack dishtowels at Wal-Mart. You can get a set of I think 5 and it costs like $5.97.
Gnash—I didn’t really use a pattern for the top. I just looked at a dress I had previously made for Grace and went from there.
Sandy—-Ack!!! It is right sides not wrong sides together. I went back and changed it on my post. Thank you for asking—I wouldn’t have noticed I wrote it otherwise!