A better mouse trap: an improvement on how to cut a continuous bias strips!

cutting bias strip, step 3: sew ends and cut to separate strips

How often do you hear of a better mouse trap? Probably about as often hearing of a better wheel. That’s not square. Or does not rotate around a single axis. However, I guarantee you that you will get your money’s worth with this new and improved method of cutting bias strips! I am so confident I am offering a guaranteed 100% refund if not satisfied. Oh wait, this is free. Never mind!

The two more common methods are to cut single strips and piece them together, and the “tube” method, where you cut a piece of fabric on the bias of a width of several bias strips’ worth, mark cutting lines, join the ends offsetting by one strip and press the seam open, then cut the resulting tube on the cutting lines to yield one long continuous bias strip.

I use the tube method myself. I do dislike having to make the final cut by hand with scissors because it’s slow and not as accurate as it could be. My friends from a local meet-up, Susan and… Susan, came up with an improvement to the mouse trap that is the tube method. They would partially cut the strips before joining the ends so that after joining the ends, the number and distance of cuts are greatly reduced.

Here are the steps.

First cut the parallelogram, as you normally would with the tube method:
cutting bias strip, step 1: cut trapezoid

Then partially cut on the cutting lines:
cutting bias strip, step 2: cut most of the straight cuts

After joining and pressing the ends, finish the cuts by hand with scissors:
cutting bias strip, step 3: sew ends and cut to separate strips