How to Make Bias Tape

Ok, this is not my typical how to post, but I use a lot of bias tape to finish off my circle skirts and for trims on tops so I figured I’d show you all my process.

Start with your square of fabric and cut it from one corner to the opposite corner…on the bias. 😉

I prefer to use an exact square.  I think for this example I used a 30″.  Once you cut it on the diagonal, flip the bottom half up so it’s directly on the top half.  They should match up evenly.

Now, just take your ruler and cut into 2″ strips.

This will give you a finished bias tape of 1″ or double fold bias tape of 1/2″.  If you want it larger or smaller, adjust your cut width.

Once it’s all cut into strips you’re going to sew them together.

Lay one strip down, right side up and place another strip over the top so the right sides are together.

It should form a right angle.

You’ll have little points at the beginning and end.  Sew at 1/4″ seam allowance.   I like to use a slightly shorter stitch length.

Press seams open and trim points.

Repeat for all the strips you cut.

Once you have all of your strips sewn together it’s time to fold them.  If you don’t have a bias tape maker, you can do this by folding your bias tape in half and ironing.

Next, unfold your bias tape and fold one half in so your raw edge meets the middle line you ironed. Iron this side down.

Repeat for the opposite side.

You’re done!  It’s that easy to make bias tape!

If you want double fold, just fold this in half enclosing your raw edges in the middle and iron.  Voila!  Double fold bias tape.

Now, if you want to make it a little easier, you can get a bias tape maker set like this.

Take your strip of fabric and thread it through the large end of the attachment.

Pull a little out to start with and iron it down.

Use the little loop handle to pull the attachment while ironing the bias tape down as you go.  Easy peasy!

This little tool speeds up your process so much.

Again if you’re wanting double fold, you’ll need to fold it in half enclosing your raw edges and iron.

Now get to trimming all your gorgeous clothing!

How do you like to use bias tape?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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