As I was tidying my crafting supplies, I realized that I have quite a few fabric scraps just waiting to be used. I decided to make some binding tape, to be used later on a bag or a skirt.
To make this binding, you can use as many or as few colors/fabrics as you like. I chose a palette of brown, blue, yellow, and white. This binding is much more charming than the stuff you buy from the store, and extremely easy to make.
What you will need
- fabric scraps (not too small, though…at least 7″x7″)
- thread that goes somewhat with all the fabrics
- iron & ironing board
- sewing machine (could also be sewn by hand, though it would take a lot longer)
Measure rectangles in various colors of fabric that are 2.5″x5″, 2.5″x6″, 2.5″x7″, 2.5″x8″, preferably on the bias (45 degrees from the edge of the fabric, so the weave runs diagonally on the strips of fabric). I like having them all in different lengths to add to the homemade feel.
Align fabrics perpendicularly to each other, right sides facing in, and sew across the diagonal (see image below).
Repeat this step with all the strips of fabric. Cut each corner 1/4″ away from the stitching.
Press so that all the fabric lays out in a straight line, and press the seams open.
Fold up 1/4″ from each long side and press.
Now fold entire tape in half.
It is ready to use as you would any other binding. To store, wrap around an old paper towel tube.