The answer is to make your own - and it's really easy.
To make your own bias binding, you'll need:
- scissors (or rotary cutter + cutting mat)
- pencil (or fabric marker pen)
- ruler (a quilter's rule will make measuring easier, but it's not essential)
- bias binding maker (optional) - click here to buy one like mine from UK-based Abakhan.
- you'll also need fabric - of course! If you need to work out quantities before buying your fabric, try playing with newspaper for estimates. You can also practise with old bed sheets.
Make a triangle by folding the fabric, lining a straight-across cut against the selvedge as shown above. Press the triangle edge with an iron. Open out.
The triangle will get smaller and smaller - it's up to you how far you want to go with cutting strips, but you will have two triangles to cut from.
You probably won't be able to cut enough tape without joining. The way you join is at an angle. It makes for a join that doesn't show too much, doesn't waste anything and doesn't add too much bulk.
Place the ends together:
From the front you have a nice neat seam
Now for the fun part - if you have a tape maker you can feed it through. If you don't all is not lost - you can fold by hand and measure. It takes a bit longer that way so I do recommend a tape maker. They don't cost much and last pretty much forever.
That's it! You have your very own bias tape ready to bind anything you like!
There are lots of other bias making tutorials out there that use slightly different methods, although they all have one thing in common: the fabric is cut at 45 degrees to the selvedge.
Have a look here for a method of making a continuous strip bias or here if you want a video and clear diagrams. The continuous strip method might be useful if you want long lengths for something like binding a quilt.