The beauty of bias tape is, because it is cut on the bias (45 degree angle) of the fabric, it is super pliable, has stretch and it can curve around all kinds of shapes. It can be used to finish off a raw edge on almost anything — hems, armholes, necklines, ruffles, peplums and seams, just to mention a few. You can create your own in any color, pattern or size you’d like. Making your own saves loads of money. And homemade bias tape makes a great gift for all of your sewing friends. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s turn up some good music and get started!
First, pick out some fabrics you like. For this tutorial, I chose cute cotton fabrics with a small print. You can also use satin, corduroy, knits or cotton blends.
You don’t have to have a bias tape maker, but it does make the process a little easier. There are many out there on the market and they come in different sizes, but the main thing to remember is that the measurement listed on the package is for single fold bias tape. So, if you’re making 1/2 inch double fold bias tape, like I did here, then you’ll need a one inch bias tape maker.
Cut off the extra piece.
Pull it through to the other side and start the fold.
Press the folds as you pull the strip of fabric through the bias tape maker.
Now wrap your cute bias tape around some stiff cardboard and get started making more…
…because next week I’ll be showing you different ways to use your homemade bias tape in some of your upcycling adventures.