Making your own bias tape from fabric can be a fun and cost-effective way to customize your sewing projects. Bias tape is a strip of fabric that is cut on the bias (diagonal) of the fabric, which allows it to curve and bend easily. It is often used to finish edges, bind quilts, and add decorative accents to clothing and accessories.
Step 1: Choose Your Fabric
The first step in making bias tape is to choose your fabric. You can use any lightweight cotton or cotton blend fabric, such as quilting cotton, poplin, or broadcloth. Avoid using fabrics that are too heavy or stretchy, as they may not hold their shape when cut on the bias.
Step 2: Cut Strips of Fabric
Once you have chosen your fabric, you will need to cut strips of fabric on the bias. To do this, fold the fabric diagonally so that the selvages (finished edges) meet. Cut along the fold to create a triangle. Then, cut strips of fabric from the triangle that are the desired width of your bias tape.
Step 3: Sew Strips Together
Next, sew the strips of fabric together to create one long strip. Lay two strips of fabric right sides together at a 90-degree angle, with the edges overlapping slightly. Sew along the diagonal edge to join the two pieces together. Continue adding strips of fabric until you have one long strip of bias tape.
Step 4: Press and Fold
After you have sewn your strips together, press the seams open with an iron. Then, fold the bias tape in half lengthwise, with the wrong sides together. Press the folded bias tape with an iron to create a crease down the center.
Step 5: Attach Bias Tape
Finally, you can attach the bias tape to your project. Sew the bias tape along the edge of your project, with the raw edges of the fabric and bias tape aligned. Fold the bias tape over the edge of your project and sew in place.
What width should I cut my bias tape?
The width of your bias tape will depend on your project. A common width for bias tape is 1/2 inch, but you can cut it wider or narrower depending on your needs.
Do I need a bias tape maker?
No, you do not need a bias tape maker to make bias tape. However, a bias tape maker can make the process faster and easier.
Can I use bias tape for curves?
Yes, bias tape is ideal for curves and round edges because it can bend easily without puckering or stretching.
Can I use a different fabric for my bias tape?
Yes, you can use any lightweight cotton or cotton blend fabric for your bias tape. However, using a different fabric may affect the drape and appearance of your project.
How do I store my bias tape?
You can store your bias tape by wrapping it around a spool or cardboard tube. Be sure to label the spool or tube with the width and color of the bias tape.
Can I make bias tape in advance?
Yes, you can make bias tape in advance and store it until you are ready to use it. Just be sure to store it in a cool, dry place to prevent it from becoming wrinkled or distorted.
How do I finish the ends of my bias tape?
There are several ways to finish the ends of your bias tape, including folding them under and sewing them in place or cutting them at an angle and folding them under for a clean finish.
Can I use bias tape to make piping?
Yes, bias tape can be used to make piping by inserting a cord or filler into the folded bias tape and sewing in place.
Making your own bias tape allows you to customize the color and print of your tape to match your project perfectly. It can also be a cost-effective alternative to buying pre-made bias tape.
Use a rotary cutter and self-healing mat to cut your fabric strips for a clean, straight edge. Experiment with different fabrics and prints to add unique accents to your sewing projects.
Making bias tape from fabric is a simple and fun way to add a custom touch to your sewing projects. Choose your fabric, cut your strips, sew them together, press and fold, and attach the bias tape to your project. With practice, you can create bias tape in any color, print, or width to suit your needs.