How to Sew Bias Binding on Sleeves


Sailor Bubble accented with gingham bias binding.

Designed by Michié Mooney, this adorable vintage-inspired boy’s baby bubble is embellished with bullion anchors and gingham bias binding. The design was made using Michié’s classic Creations by Michié “Sailor Bubble #105” pattern (sizes NB to 24M) and first appeared in our June/July 2014 issue of Sew Beautiful. Follow Michie’s tutorial below for sewing bias bands on sleeves; this is an easy trim for a wide variety of projects!

NOTE: Sample garment used 1/4 yard of blue and white micro check for bias binding.


1. Cut away bottom edge of each sleeve 1/2 inch below upper foldline (fig. 1).

2. Cut a 2-inch-wide bias strip of micro check fabric, length of each sleeve bottom edge.

3. With right sides together, pin bias band to bottom edge of each sleeve and stitch 1/2 inch from raw edge (fig. 2).


4. Press seam and bias band down away from sleeve (fig. 3).

5. Following pattern directions, stitch each sleeve to armhole.

6. With wrong sides together, pin side seams, matching underarm seams and stitch (fig. 4). Trim seam to 1/4 inch and zigzag raw edge or serge. Press seam toward back.


7. On each sleeve, fold up 1/2 inch of bottom of bias band to wrong side and press (fig. 5).

8. Turn up 1/2 inch again to wrong side and pin. Hand stitch in place along seamline (fig. 6).

Want to add gingham bias binding to your next project? We have variety of mini check cotton fabric color options available in our online store. Be sure to also check out the July/August 2014 issue of Sew Beautiful for Michie’s step-by-step tutorial for hand embroidering the precious bullion anchors seen on this project.

Happy Sewing,