I first learned this method from this tutorial, and it is now pretty much all I use for binding. I love it! :)
(I apologize for the unedited nature of these photos -- I wanted to get them up)
- Trim selvages. Fold one selvage down so it is along the bottom edge. Cut along fold.
- Turn the triangle you just cut off over, and line up your selvage edges. Sew together to make a large parallelogram.
- Press seam open
- Starting at one side, draw lines 2.25' from edge.
- Draw a bunch of lines, all across the length of fabric, trimming excess at the end.
- It's hard to see, but that's a "0" next to the first line there. Start your numbering on top at "0" and number each line.
- Start your bottom numbering at 1, and count up from there.
- Right-sides together, pin at the intersection of each number (the 1's together, the 2's etc.) There will be an off-set (this is what you want).
- The fabric kind of twists
- Sew the seam you just pinned, and press open. Here's what your off-set will look like.
- You now have a twisty-tube of fabric. Starting on one end, use scissors to cut on the lines. I usually put the fabric on my arm like a sleeve.
The result! Lots and lots of bias binding! (see the link at the top for measurement information). :)
*Fabric is Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey.
I used the binding on this quilt