How to Use a Clover Bias Tape Maker

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Buying bias tape from a craft store is one way to finish sewing or quilting projects quickly, but it will cost you. When you make your own bias tape from your own fabric you not only get more bias tape for less money, but also you get to choose the type of fabric rather than being stuck with the standard prepackaged polyester tape available. Luckily, you can use a Clover bias tape maker to speedily create your own tape that is even in width and ready to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Preferred fabric
  • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  • Sewing machine, if needed
  • Ironing board
  • Pin
  • Iron
  • Select your preferred fabric and cut it along the bias into strips twice the width you want your prepared tape to be. For example, a 3/4-inch-wide bias tape will need to start as 1 1/2-inch-wide strips. Sew your strips together to form one long strip as needed for your project.

  • Place one end of a bias strip onto your ironing board with the right side of the fabric facing down against the ironing board cover. Slip the end of the strip into the widest end of your Clover bias tape maker with the tape maker handle facing up.

  • Push the fabric through the funnel-like shape of the bias tape maker until the end of the strip comes out the narrower side. Pull the fabric out of the narrow end by an inch or two. Let the side edges of the fabric fold inward, meeting in the middle of the strip.

  • Turn your iron on to the appropriate heat setting for the type of fabric you are using. Press the folded edges of the fabric along the narrow end of the tape maker. Push a pin through the folded and pressed bias strip and into the ironing board to hold the strip in place.

  • Pull the Clover bias tape maker by the small ringlike handle away from the pinned area of fabric, moving the tape maker down the strip by three to four inches. Press the newly folded areas that have just come from the narrow end of the tape maker with the iron.

  • Pull the tape maker three to four inches at a time and press the newly folded fabric as you go. When you reach the end of your ironing board, reposition and pin the bias tape and begin again. Continue until all of your strip length has been folded and pressed.

  • Slip the tape maker off the finished strip and store with other sewing notions for easy access.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to purchase and cut enough length of bias strips to finish your entire project with the same bias tape fabric throughout.

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References

  • "Quilter's Compete Guide"; Marianne Fons & Liz Porter; 2000
  • "Sew Darn Cute"; Jenny Ryan; 2009
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