Sewing Basics 101- Making Bias Tape

making bias tape
  1. The first thing you might want to do is press your fabric if it's wrinkled, it will be much easier to work with. Take note from the diagram that bias is cut at a 45 degree angle. This is important.
  2. Decide on the size that you want your finished bias tape to be if you want 1/2 inch tape when you are done, then your strips should be 2 inches wide. 1/4 inch-1/2 inch bias works well for apron trim. Bigger trims are used on quilts and blankets.
  3. I just happen to have a ruler that is 1.5 inches wide, so I use it as my straight edge and as my width measure to make bias by hand.Look around and see if you have something that would work for you. Otherwise measure your width carefully, mark it, get a straight edge to draw the line from one end to the other and when you are done measuring, cut your strips.
  4. Refer back to the diagram above. Take 2 strips right sides together and at right angles to each other, pin across the end (follow the diagram) and then trim the excess. Press the seam open, this is a very important step.
  5. Repeat steps to make enough bias for your project.
  6. For double fold bias tape-take your bias, fold in half with wrong sides together and press, open the strip and press each raw edge to the center, when finished fold again and press again the center fold.
  7. Single Fold bias tape - fold the strip in half just as above, and just as above fold each raw edge to the center and press, but there is no need to press gain the first center fold.

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