There are a lot of sewing projects for beginners out there but one of the most useful projects I first learned was how to make bias tape. It has lots of uses, you could use it as a facing or to finish seams, or even for decoration!
Learn How To Make Bias Tape: Customize It!
Ready-made bias tapes are easy to find in different craft sites and shops. It’s actually one of my favorite sewing notions! There are just so many different designs and sizes to choose from! However, what’s the best way of finding the perfect one other than creating it yourself? Read on below to learn how to make bias tape for your sewing projects!
Supplies you’ll need on how to make a bias tape:
- Sewing Gauge
- Rotary Cutter/ Scissors
- Sewing Machine & Thread
- Bias Tape Maker (one-inch, for this tutorial)
- Iron & Ironing board
Step One: Fold The Fabric
You need to fold the fabric because you’ll be cutting the strips on the bias of the fabric. However, before folding, double-check your bias tape maker. It will indicate the size of bias tape it produces.
Step Two: Mark The Fabric Using Sewing Gauge and Chalk
Adjust your sewing gauge to two inches and measure from the fold you made. Mark where it indicates two inches. Repeat this periodically until you get to the end of the fold – this will serve as your guide.
Step Three: Cut The Fabric Using Rotary Cutter
You could use scissors for this step but using the rotary cutter is more convenient!
Tips: To create a straight line, use your ruler and place it on the marks you made. Don’t forget to do this until you run out of folded fabric – let’s not waste fabric, sewers!
Step Four: Square The End Of The Strips
Squaring the ends of your strips basically just means getting rid of that sideways triangle at the end of your fabric strip. Use a ruler to make sure your cut won’t turn out to be crooked. Do this for all your strips.
Step Five: Attach The Strips Together
Attach your fabric strips together by taking two strips and placing one end of one strip on top of the end of another strip perpendicularly. Make sure they are completely on top of each other. They have to create a clean 90 degree angle.
Step Six: Stitch The Strips Together
Make sure your strips are both facing the right side. Stitch the strips diagonally together by using back stitch. I suggest drawing a chalk line using a ruler so you could see the direction you’re sewing.
Step Seven: Cut The Excess Fabric
To be clear, the excess fabric is the triangular hanging fabric on the opposite side of your seam. A quarter of an inch from your stitch line, cut the excess fabric. This is so that you could lay your strip flat.
Step Eight: Press The Remaining Excess Fabric
Get your iron and ironing board out! We’re almost at the finish line. Press the remaining excess fabric to create a flat and straight fabric strip.
Step Nine: Insert The Strip Into The Bias Tape Maker
Make sure the fabric facing up is the wrong side of the fabric. Insert your strip through the wider end of the bias tape maker. Guide your fabric through the bias tape maker by pulling it out and pushing it in.
Step Ten: Press The Folds Of The Strips
For the finishing touch – press your folded and finished bias tape by using your iron. You could do this while pulling the bias tape on the other end of the fabric. It will surely save you some time!
So, there you have it!
See? In ten easy steps, you could make your own bias tape and save lots of money!
To get a more visual instruction, check out this video by Professor Pincushion!
People often say that sewing can be quite a repetitive and expensive hobby. However, I beg to disagree! How can it be repetitive when we are able to create different garments and projects using countless patterns with our own flair to it? Expensive? Now that you know how to create your own bias tape – and own clothes! – your costs just got cut!
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