Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tutorial--Bias Tape---

I decided to make a tutorial about a project that I have done. I am going to have more tutorials in the future, won't that be fun! That way my blog would be more useful for some of the people visiting here. In this tutorial I want to show a technique that I use to make bias tape. There are several ways to do this; I've tried many, but for me this is the most comfortable and effective way to make bias tape. This is very useful knowledge to have, and I find it fun to do. If you have a fat quarter you can start making bias tape and using it for many different projects. They are used to finish off a quilt. Here goes!

First I make a square out of the fabric. The corners must be 90°. Fold the fabric into a triangle.

Cut away the excess.

Because I have a cutting mat, I was able to just cut the triange in half. If you don't have a cutting mat, you can open the triage to make a square and then using a straigh edge, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner, and then cut.

Arrange the triangles right sides together. Offset the triangles by about a quarter of an inch.

Pin the triangles together. (This picture shows the overlap a bit better too)

Using a quarter inch seam, sew them together.

Open the seam and press with a hot iron (Don't stretch the fabric).

Fold fabric back into a square.

I like to cut 1 3/4 inch strips, you may prefer wider strips. It depends on the project you are on and what you need or want.

After I finish cutting it into strips, I then sew the strips end to end by pinning the strips right sides together, offset a quarter of an inch.

After they are all sewn together in one long line, open up at the seams and press with an iron. Then cut off the excess.

As I iron, I use my fingers to fold the fabric. Some people prefer folding the strip in half, I prefer folding the edges into the center.

Now the bias tape is ready to use. I hope this was helpful to some of you.


  1. You are soooo talanted...everytime I read your posts...my mouth just drops...I seriously can't get over it! You're sewing...building...photograpy...creative writing...sense of humor...silver lining attitude...just plain talanted...I just can't believe I get to brag about you as my friend!

  2. sachiko i got you package in the mail today! THANK YOU i LOVE it! :)

  3. You've done such a good job explaining in words and photos something that can be very confusing.
    You may already know this, but there is a way you can use this method to make one long continuous strip and you don't have to sew all the lengths together. I wrote a tut for sew mama sew a while back. Here's the link if you are interested. http://www.sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=527

    I'm going to try one of your t-shirt tutorials today. I hope mine will turn out as lovely as yours. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hey there Tea Rose! We think your Bias Tape Tutorial is great, and we want to share it with other sewers and quilters by featuring a link on www.WeAllSew.com! We’ll be featuring a link to your tutorial all next week. Please let me know if you have any questions about being featured at WeAllSew.com. Thanks so much-Erika

  5. Thanks for this. I am starting to make more quilts - trying to make a little extra money for Christmas this year - as I am unemployed right now and starting a class. I want my kids to still be able to have a decent Christmas and since I love making quilts I thought I would see how well I would do at selling them.

    Do you have any ideas about where I can pick up inexpensive material - online or not. I try to keep my costs as low as possible as we are on a strict budget so I research as much as I can before I buy. Just thought I would see if you have any ideas.

    Thanks again - this is one skill I really needed!! So happy I found you!!

  6. Hi Caroline,

    I am so glad to hear that my tutorial is useful to you. :)
    I useally buy fabrics at local fabric stores. I love high quality fabrics from quilt shops, but they are expensive. If you are on a strict budget, it is probably better to check your local fabric stores like Joann's, Hancock, and hobby lobby. They have great sales, and use their coupons! :) Good luck!

  7. Thank you for the tutorials. This looks like something I MIGHT be able to do if I follow along very carefully. Ha ha. This looks like you explained it as simply as possible.

  8. Thank you for the tutorials. This looks like something I MIGHT be able to do if I follow along very carefully. Ha ha. This looks like you explained it as simply as possible.

  9. Thanks a lot, you saved my life. In jy country sells bias tape but colors are very limited, this is very useful wahen you are doing personalized projects. Greetings from Chile!!

  10. Ohh wow! you made it so easy. Great tutorial. Thanks


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