your own bias tape on the internet, but as a self-taught novice sewer I still
get confused by it sometimes.
diagonal) then sewn into one continuous strip, folded, folded, and folded again
to make a neat little casing for raw edges. It is cut on the diagonal because
generally woven fabrics don’t have much give, but when cut on the bias there is
just a tiny bit of stretch. This is
particularly useful for binding curved edges. You get a nice, neat trim with no
puckering. Do not shortcut by cutting strips with the grain and think “Oh,
it’ll be fine,” because trust me – it will definitely not be fine.
but mainly in just solid colors. Sometimes it’s fun to use something a bit more
interesting. In that case, get your cutting mat and rotary blade out – we’ve
got work to do.
fat quarter of desired fabric
straight edge (I like using a quilters ruler)
bias tape maker* (note: a
1″ bias tape maker will make ½” double-folded bias tape)
make your life about a million times easier.
bottom corner up, even with the selvedge. Cut excess fabric away, creating a
cut along the fold. This is the bias. You now have two triangles.
bias-corner to bias-corner. Arrange the fabric on your mat so the bias edge is
lined up with the ruler markings and the selvedge edge is on the diagonal.
into 2″ strips. (to determine the width of your strips multiply your desired
finished width by 4. ½ bias tape: .5×4=2 so 2″ strips.)
¼” overhang on each side. Then sew the strips together using
a ¼” seam allowance. I actually have my presser foot marked with a
permanent marker at a ¼” to make this easier. You want your needle to
start at exactly the point where the 2 fabrics meet.
strips ¼” and sewing a ¼” seam allowance you will get
a perfectly aligned strip. Lining the strips up evenly will cause them to
stagger at each seam once sewn. No good.
together press the seam allowances open. Now you’re ready for the bias tape
as you pull the tool down your ironing board. You will be creating two folds
toward the center of the strip. Be mindful here to keep the folds as even as
bias tape maker, you’ll have to manually fold each side in to meet the center.
I iron the strip in half first then fold the edges in to meet the crease and
iron again. Watch your fingers!
tape maker, fold the strip in half again (hence “double-folded” bias
tape) and press.
yards of beautiful double-folded bias tape!