Bias tape is used in garment making, as well as other sewing projects like home dec and making accessories. Yes, you can buy it pre-made in a package, but it doesn’t always come in the exact color or size you’d like. When you learn to make your own, you’ll probably never buy it in a package again. You have so much more flexibility, and you save money, by making your own.
There are two ways to make bias tape. One is using a bias tape maker, and the other is using pins. When you use a special maker, you are limited to the size of the makers that are produced, and which ones you have on hand. Instructions for using makers are at the end of this article.
When you make bias tape with pins, you can make any size — as long as you have long enough pins! You don’t need to buy fancy tools in all of the specific sizes – make it any size you want! You can have tape for any project without running to the store, and in any color or print fabric you want!
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Bias tape is great for two primary purposes — finishing edges and stabilizing curves. I use it to finish off most of my quilt projects – whether they are art quilts, traditional quilts or baby quilts. I also love to use it as a way to finish neck edges on my garments — it’s fun to use a contrasting fabric to add a little interest to your neckline.
It might seem pretty complicated, but it is really easy. Once you start making your own, you’ll never buy it again!
How to Make Bias Tape with a Bias Tape Maker
The second way to make single fold bias tape is using a special makers. They come in popular sizes ready for you to cut your bias strips and press using the tool.
Start by cutting your bias strip. Here is an article on how to cut bias fabric strips.
Feed the bias strip into the special maker. I find that if I slowly feed the fabric in, it generally is pretty easy. If it isn’t coming out the other side, take a pin and push it along through the opening in the top of the maker.
Pull through an inch or two of your bias strip. Make sure that the folded edges are even, and gently press.
Continue to pull the bias maker, feeding the strip of fabric to the iron and pressing. I like to use quite a bit of steam to make sure that I get good crisp edges.
Continue pulling through a few inches and pressing until your strip of bias fabric is all pressed into single fold bias tape.
Here is the finished tape ready to use!
Bias tape maker tools come in a variety of sizes:
It can be used for so many things! Being on the bias it is easy to manipulate around curves, like to finish off a neckline the way I did on this dress.
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Learn how to make your own double fold bias tape, too!