Bias tape - The easiest way!

 

Sometimes, when sewing for babies, toddlers and kids, you need to sew a bias tape on a garment. Bias tape can be a beautiful addition to your garment. Bias tape has many uses: binding raw edges, decorating seams and to prevent the material edges from fraying. It can also be used in place of ribbon for decoration and as flat trim.

In www.sewing-patterns.org you will find many sewing patterns for babies, toddlers and kids which include the necessity to sew a bias tape. When you will use these sewing patterns, this article can help you in making the bias tape (if you didn't purchase a ready-made bias tape) and sewing it on the garment.

Bias tape is a strip of fabric that is cut in a 45--degree turn. This gives flexibility to the strip; the strip will be able to travel around curves easily.  Ready-made bias tape can be purchased, or it can be homemade with or without the help of a bias maker.

Bias tape - The easiest way!

 

Sometimes, when sewing for babies, toddlers and kids, you need to sew a bias tape on a garment. Bias tape can be a beautiful addition to your garment. Bias tape has many uses: binding raw edges, decorating seams and to prevent the material edges from fraying. It can also be used in place of ribbon for decoration and as flat trim.

In www.sewing-patterns.org you will find many sewing patterns for babies, toddlers and kids which include the necessity to sew a bias tape. When you will use these sewing patterns, this article can help you in making the bias tape (if you didn't purchase a ready-made bias tape) and sewing it on the garment.

Bias tape is a strip of fabric that is cut in a 45--degree turn. This gives flexibility to the strip; the strip will be able to travel around curves easily.  Ready-made bias tape can be purchased, or it can be homemade with or without the help of a bias maker.

What you'll need

 

 

 Iron

 

 Pins

 

 

 Sewing Machine

 

 Iron

 Pins

 Sewing Machine

Scissors

 

Ruller

 

Threads

 

Scissors

 Ruller

Threads

 fabric

Garment 

 Measuring Tape

 Fabric

 Garment

Measuring Tape 

                  

Make the Bias tape - 12 steps

 

Step 1:

Choose a medium-weight woven fabric square measuring about 1 yard.  To begin the process spread the fabric out on the work area, wrong side up.

 bias tape


Step 2:

The fabric must be folded in this way: pull one corner diagonally towards the opposite corner forming a triangle. Turn the triangle so that the side of the fold is on the left.

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Step 3:

Mark strips from the vertex down with a ruler and chalk. Make sure all the stripes have the same width.

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Step 4:

Cut the marked stripes of fabric with scissors. You will have now a few fabric stripes with diagonal grain.

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Step 5:

Unfold all of the fabric strips with the right side up. Now the task is to connect them at the end forming a long bias tape according to the length needed.

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Step 6:

Attaching the stripes: take two stripes to attach. Place them right sides together. Turn the upper strip down, so it will be in 90 degrees turn from the lower stripe.

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Step 7:

Sew the two stripes together at the corner, an oblique line. Cut the excess fabric from the seam out.

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Step 8:

Press the seam open.

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Step 9:

 Repeat the previous steps (6-8) to make as many of the strips as needed.


Step 10:

Fold the long bias tape in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. :Iron it and unfold the strip with the wrong side up.

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Step 11:

Form a center crease by folding the raw edges of the tape towards the center crease lengthwise and iron it.

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Step 12:

Fold the center crease that was previously made and iron the bias tape again.

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Sew the bias tape - 4 steps

 

Step 1:

Unfold one of the raw edges of the bias tape. Place the unfolded, raw edge with the wrong side up on the edge of the right side of the garment. Align the raw edges and pin them together.

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Step 2:

Sew the bias tape to the garment on the fold line of the bias tape, making a straight seam.

bias tape


Step 3:

Flip the bias tape to the wrong side of the fabric (using the fold lines you have made). Pin it.

bias tape


Step 4:

Sew very close to the folded edge of the bias tape a straight seam.  

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