Sunday, November 7, 2010


Here is a very quick and easy way to make bias-tape.

Bias-tape, is actually fabric cut against the grain, that provides some stretch to go around necklines, armholes, and other items that have curves. In addition, it can also finish off raw edges of fabrics and adds a nice decorative touch.

The "quick and easy" way isn't actually cut on the bias, so I guess I shouldn't call it BIAS-tape. But I've used it for everything mentioned above - and more! It works just the same as bias-tape with the perfect amount of stretch for all sorts of projects.

Here is a 1/4 yard of fabric.

I cut off a 2" strip of fabric, perpendicular to the selvedge edge of the fabric. (To make sure you're cutting your strip correctly, just pull your strip lengthwise - it should stretch when it's pulled).

Next, fold that strip in half and iron.

Unfold strip. Fold each side of strip to meet in center, touching the ironed crease you just made.

Fold, and iron again. You should end up with a 1/2" strip of "bias"-tape.

Now here's how to finish the ends when you're done using your bias-tape. Just open bias-tape like shown, fold corners to touch.

Fold down.

Close bias tape again.

That's it. Easy right!?

Now look at all the cute stuff you can make...



Even headbands!

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm, I might just have to do those ones that I started like you did, great job thanks! I had a chuckle when I saw that the polka dot bias tape you made was the exact one I'm using for Lincoln's blanket, ha!


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