And when you’re ready to sew it on, jump to our next tutorial: How to Sew Bias Tape. Now we’ll sew all the strips together. Place that triangle below on the left, next to the other piece of fabric (the stripes on the fabric helps match everything up). If you're planning to make bias tape from fabric you already own, you can determine how much bias tape you can make. It can bind handles (Baby Basket), Carseat covers and canopies, It neatly finishes-off raw edges (semi-homemade cover), and makes a simple girl’s summer shirt (summer vacation dress pattern). Most oof the time, the problem is fixed at this stage. : ) I sewed five skirts last week. Fabrics to use: * 100% cotton * Cotton/Poly blend (I find this easiest to use) * Satin (or Polyester Satin) * Knits * Flannel, Corduroy, and cotton variations Next, you’ll need a Bias Tape maker. Hence Remaining main width would be 0.50 Inch. (2) Now multiply the measurement of the fabric by itself to get the squares inches of the area. I’m on the hunt for that red and white striped fabric you have, I love it and I need it! If you’re like me, you’ve been using bias tape more often than you’ve realized! Thank you so much for explaining it so well. That may sound confusing. The cut edge and the selvage typically make a 90 degree angle with each other. -Linda. Now, had you lined the two strips up flush with each other, without the overhang, your strips would come out looking like this: But with the overhang, the strips line up perfectly! The one on the left is cut off in the … Round 15.07 up to 16 inches. To figure how much bias tape you will get out of a piece of fabric: (1) Measure your piece of fabric that you are going to be cutting your bias strips from. Bias Binding Calculations: Bias strips are cut on the diagonal from a square or rectangular piece of fabric (see diagrams to the right). So, my question is, am I looking at these the wrong way? Thank you for the inspiration and advice. On another note, I am having a hard time ironing/folding the tape consistently as it comes out of the bias-tape maker and goes under the iron. Try it out and it will all make sense. Thanks so much for the tutorial though…I”m a smart enough lady but sometimes my brain gets all in knots trying to work through all of this! Any suggestions on how to figure this out and make the process easier?! This allows the tape to fold nicely in half, if that’s what you are doing, or to fold around whatever you are binding. It is so fantastic. Yep, single-fold bias tape is just Double-fold bias tape unfolded! It’a the best one I’ve ever seen. I unplugged my iron with a vengeance today out of such frustration. I was very useful. Especially helpful for me are the photos of the “wrongs” you post, personally I feel so many tutorials assume the reader is skilled, I like that yours speak to the beginner in all of us. Just follow this tutorial here: http://www.madeeveryday.com/2008/07/technique-understanding-bias-and-making-bias-tape.html. Just like the single fold above, but this bias trim finishes at 1″. Step 1 : [ I will show most of the steps with this white fabric because it photographs better than the navy ] Make sure the edges of your fat quarter are squared off. Stick the end of the long fabric strip into your bias tape maker. However…. We need a half yard of a 40" wide usable WOF to make the needed continuous bias binding. Measure around this opening so you know exactly how wide your fabric strips need to be (2 inches for the 1-inch maker, and 3.75 for the 2-inch maker). And to do that, let’s first understand what bias means. I also MUST get the bias tape maker. Am working on your boatneck tunic (love it!) No more! The edge is the part that will be folded under anyway, so it doesn’t need to be pristine. Somehow fabric becomes prettier in bias tape! We’ll show you the simple, cheating method and the proper, never-fail method. Most fabric comes in standard widths of 35 inches, 44 inches, 48 inches, 54 inches or 60 inches. I’m assuming I do, since I no longer see it in the pictures. Determine how wide your bias tape strips must be. * You can make 9 yards of 1/2 inch, double-fold bias tape from a 1/2 yard of fabric. Will it shrink if i don’t wash it? To get 300 inches of 3″ bias binding from a piece of fabric that is 43″ wide: (300 x 3) ÷ 43 = 20.9 inches (round up to 21) 21 inches/36 = 0.588 yards (round up to 5/8 of a yard) So you need 5/8 of a piece of fabric that is 43″ (wof) wide. You can also use what is known in quilting terms as a “fat quarter” to make your bias binding strips. I’ve always just spent quality time with my iron making it. That’s the only step I’m having a hard time understanding. I usually don’t bother to calculate how much bias tape I need – if I didn’t make enough, I can make more. Most woven fabrics (unless they have a bit of spandex blended in) have no stretch. I would use your highest heat setting and press the iron on the fabric for slightly longer. Excellent! Using a rotary cutter, quilting ruler, and cutting mat, continue cutting 2-inch wide strips till you get to the end of your fabric. The selvage is the lengthwise grain, while the cut edge (when it runs perpendicular to the selvage) is the crosswise grain. For example, if you need 4 1/2 yards of bias tape, multiply 4 1/2 by 36 inches to get 162 inches. Strictly speaking, you don’t need any of them, they just help to make it faster and more precise. If the fabric you will cut into bias tape is 43 inches wide and you need 648 square inches of bias tape, you would divide 648 by 43 for a total of 15.07 inches needed. This will take a while, so listen to good music or turn on a show in the background. It’s a classic combo and yet so hard to find surprisingly haha. Now that you know how to make your own bias tape without a bias maker and how to create miles of continuous bias binding it’s time to learn how to calculate how much fabric you need to make a certain amount of bias tape and also how much bias binding your fabric will make. Now you got yards of Strips, Question is How to strips into Bias tape? Not to mentuon that laptops with com port have powerful processors and they provide pretty much everything a desktop computer can offer. Thank you for making this so simple! For example, if your fabric is 24 inches long and 44 inches wide, you would multiply 24 by 44 for a total of 1,056 square inches. If my method is odd to you, check out these other tutorials on Whipstitch and Prudent Baby. You will learn what width you need for a ¼” binding and a ½” too.. When creating bias tape, all the fabric strips are cut on the bias rather than parallel to the fabric’s grain line. You will get the bundled wireless keyboard and mouse which will give you great typing experience. b. I just finished making bias tape for the first time using your tutorial. I find that it’s easiest to cut the bias tape from 1 yard of fabric (so you have more surface area to cut longer strips of fabric). My purchased single fold tape is a strip folded in half with very narrow folded under edges just so you don’t have raw edges. Sew the 3 pieces together in those two spots, iron the seams, and now you have one long piece of fabric to cut your bias strips from. I love your tutorial! http://lyndiprojects.blogspot.com/2014/06/colorful-bunting-for-backyard-bash.html. Okay, at this point, you’ve created single fold bias tape. Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve done it in the past using my 1″ maker but every time I try to press behind the “pull”, the ends don’t fold or there’s a fold in the middle. I’d love to receive something like this. Measure the size of your fabric in inches. I stumbled upon this tutorial and went to work. Hurray! So I don’t know if it has to do with the fabric I’m using, or maybe it’s my iron, but I’m trying to make bias tape out of satin I got at JoAnn’s (it says it’s 100% polyester), but it doesn’t hold the fold when I iron it – I’m not sure what to do! And I’m sure I’ll forget and need to look back at. The widest maker available in most shops is a 1-inch. Thanks for joining the party! I’d never seen bias tape makers until I got a job in a sewing studio, now I see them everywhere! You can watch a full video of this tutorial here, or just by pressing the play button below. Total deal. So, a 1-inch wide bias tape maker actually makes 1/2 inch wide double-fold bias tape. I delight in, lead to I found just what I used to be taking a look for. I am looking at some purchased single fold and double-fold bias tape. I’m wondering the same thing as Connie–do I cut off the extra portion on the bottom that isn’t part of the triangle? For example, your 44-inch wide fabric may have only 43 usable inches of width. Purchase at least 1/2 yard of fabric to make your bias tape. Fabric estimates would be greater for larger diameters. 7. I wasn’t able to understand anyone else’s tutorial for this. There are many ways to cut and sew bias tape. Take a piece of fabric and try it out. If that’s what you wanted, you’re done! Thank you! Okay, I’ll be making 1/2 inch wide double-fold bias tape, so I need to cut 2-inch wide strips. I can easily see myself with a new addiction. I hate using that method, and I will admit to leaving welt cord off of more than one project because I didn’t want to take the time to do all of that tedious work. It is best to use a piece of fabric that is a square or nearly a square. Cut out strips of fabric for your bias tape. Gosh. However, the fabric keeps getting twisted inside the bias tape maker so the raw edges aren’t folding in any more. It was quite a tedious process because I didn’t have a bias tape maker and used a large pin on my ironing board, but it worked and it was fun. Well, of course shops are closed (it is now 11 pm…) so I remembered you posted a tutorial about this a while ago so I thought I’d check it out. Here’s to learning, and ironing, the hard way! c. Pin both folds or do ironing which make fabric crease, Here you go single fold is ready. Thank you again so very much for the inspiration today…and for many days to come! Multiply the yardage by 36 to determine how many inches of bias tape strips to cut. Online I found the 2-inch wide maker. How much in yardage does the 1 inch double fold bias tape yield from one yard of fabric? It makes a (2) 45 degree angles with the cut edge and the selvage. Thank you a ton! Hi Dana, Thanks for the great tutorial, you definitely simplified this for me. Sorry , Thank you, oh thank you! I couldn’t read and learn from your incredibly sensitive and understanding (sensitive and understanding of those that don’t quite ‘get’ things easily} and not at least take the time to thank you. Fold the Selvage over to the cut edge of the fabric to create a 45 degree, or a bias cut. Thank you:), Dana, your tutorial is absolutely AWESOME!!! It is sometimes made from polyester satin and ranges from 1 to 2 inches wide. Those two pieces will be sewn together. I’m going to have to dig through your site and see why one would even use single fold bias tape? Bias tape isn’t a total mystery to me, but there are some aspects I’ve always wondered about. If you're planning your project, you can determine the yardage of fabric needed to make your bias tape before you go to the store so you don't buy more fabric than you really need. This is so helpful. This will allow you to cut more of the fabric at once on a smaller cutting mat. First we will cut, then we will iron. Typically, the edge of your presser foot is a 1/4 inch allowance, which makes it even easier! But I’m getting ahead of myself. So thorough yet not boring and fantastic photos. I loved using the little binding gizmo and my binding tape is sooooo pretty!!! Just line it up with your presser foot each time. Fold the fabric just as we did in the original directions so you can cut more layers at once, from the bias cut edge. I will use this for so many projects. Can I use regular bias tape with the knit fabric? * Double fold bias tape is single fold tape that has been folded again in the middle to create a sandwich. Write down the length and width of your fabric. Top stitch the long side down, close to folded edge. making bias tape with knits is a bit annoying. If the folds meet in the middle exactly when you make the first fold, they will scrunch up when you try to do the second fold. (About 1/8 inch or 2–3mm seems to work well for light to medium weight fabric.) Take iron in action, do ironing on stitch parts. I have a feeling I’m about to become a mega-fan. Iron all the way to the end of the strip and you’re done! I am still young and have so very much to learn! You will see that it really does not take that much fabric. I packed them up and soon a few pieces of me and all of my love will arrive on their door-step to let them know how much I miss them and care about their little lives. Below is the answer: a. It was so helpful and straight forward I now have a lovely bunch of double-folded bias tape ready to go – hurray! Hi Caitlin, It’s harder to press Polyester than cotton. We’ll show you the simple, shortcut method and the proper, never-fail method. But I have since learned a much easier way to make one long continuous bias strip that requires sewing only one single seam. Oh. Her articles have appeared on websites and for professional blogs. * Quilt Binding is a fancy name for wide bias tape. Bias Tape from 1 yard of fabric: Okay, as I mentioned above, it’s easiest to get long bias strips from 1/2 yard of fabric that is cut from 1 yard (so that you have more surface area length for each strip). The calculator calculates how much fabric is needed using both approaches: For a square, the calculator calculates the size of the square of fabric that is needed. You can make your own! Thank you! Bias Tape is 50% Polyester, 50% Cotton. As a comparison, a 14 inch square of fabric produces about 94 inches of 2-inch wide Bias Tape and a 20 inch square produces about 191 inches of 2-inch wide Bias Tape. Very thorough tutorial with steps and “how to” complete task! Thus, bias cut strips make the perfect binding or….bias tape. And SO easy ! And I don’t think I even cut it on the bias. Step 1: Cutting Your Bias Strips Bias tape is cut “on the bias” meaning diagonal to the selvedges of the fabric. Thank you! I don’t have any good tips other than, keep working at it! Prepackaged, prefolded bias tape is sold in fabric stores, but you'll need to make your own bias tape if you'd like patterned bias tape or tape matched to the exact color of your project. Yards and yards of beautiful bias tape! Press the seams open and it is ready to put into the bias tape maker. You just have to keep playing with it, trying to get it to fold in. Very very easy to read instructions and the best description of making bias I have found so far. Your energy and positive attitude assisted me in determining “I can do this!” Then I watched I used video to work step by step to help myself sew! * Single fold is flat, with single edges folded over. Thanks for making it all so clear! Man, this is an awesome tutorial!!! Pls I have a question based on the bias making, I don’t have the bias tape maker, rotary cutter, quilting ruler & cutting mat, can I make a bias without these tools? It’s important to remember that the width printed on the package is for single fold bias tape. Cut along that fold with a pair of scissors. I’ve been sewing for over 20 years and have made lots of bias tape, which would take forever! What you are calling single fold bias tape is just the double-fold tape unfolded. Not nearly as painstaking as previously! Your instructions are so clear I have subscribed to your blog and your YouTube channel too as I am just starting out sewing. It’s even cheaper than the pre-packaged stuff (which is typically 3 yards in length). I only used a fat quarter to start, just in case I botched it up. It’s one of those simple tasks that makes you feel accomplished (like getting all the laundry in the washing machine—and eventually folding it) To make 1-inch wide double-fold bias tape, use a full yard of fabric and cut strips that are 3.75 inches wide: Pull it through the tape maker, iron it in half, and you have beautiful single-fold or double-fold bias tape. Divide the total from Step 1 by 40 (an average fabric width) to find the number of strips you will need. Thank you! * You can make 9 yards of 1/2 inch, double-fold bias tape from a 1/2 yard of fabric. Would love to hear from you soon. This is the finished edge of the fabric, which doesn’t fray, and is often marked with the fabric designer’s name and color printing circle codes. I don’t have a bias tape maker.. so I pin a large diaper pin to my ironing brd & run the fabric through it.. Hi Dana! yea. http://missouriquiltco.com - Jenny shows us how to make 200 inches of continuous binding from a half yard of fabric using the amazing Bias Ruler. Bias tape makes so much more sense to me now! Making your own bias tape at home from fabric is very easy and you don’t really need a bias maker to do so.. I cannot find any information on how to join together single or double fold packages of wrights bias tape to make a longer piece of binding. Extra wide single fold bias tape. It almost becomes a different design. Thanks for this unbelievably thorough bias tape introduction and tutorial. Round the inches needed to be cut up to the nearest basic fraction of a yard. The angled edge will help it feed in easier. Wrap bias tape around the raw edges. Haven’t seen them separately without the machine?…….The ones you use manually, like yours? Cut a 45-degree angle on one end and slide the fabric into the bias tape maker. and am making the bias tape for the first time with the little gadget you have. Thank you so much for this tutorial! 36 inches x 36 inches = 1296 inches Step 2. Thank you so much for such a great and easy to follow tutorial! I usually use a fat quarter of fabric, and from that I can get 4 yards of 1/2″ double fold tape or 8 yards of 1/2″ single fold. http://sewingmamaraeanna.blogspot.com/2012/06/sewing-technique-tip-bias-tape.html. It’s often used as a trim and sewn flat just as it is, such as parallel to a hem or with decorative stitching on the top. I’ll show you the 1 yard method first. I have seen many blogs use bias tape and binding as one in the same and often calling binding cut on the straight grain bias tape, While bias tape is binding, binding is not always bias tape. Just eyeball as best as you can (the strips end up overhanging about 1/2 inch). The leftover scraps come in handy for Scrappy Monster arms and legs. What is it used for? using your tutorial I was able to understand and make my own bias tape! But each person learns differently. Such a creative, innovative idea, I will never buy store bought tape again! Just discovered your website. Awesome tutorial! And if you’re a real bias tape enthusiast, Simplicity sells an electronic bias tape maker!…but I’ll tell you about that next month. Take two strips of fabric that have edges angled in the same direction and put the right sides of the fabric together. Looking at a rectangle of fabric, one edge is the Cut Edge (where it was cut from the big bolt at the fabric shop). How to Cut Any Material in One Long Strip, Copyright 2021 Leaf Group Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Even though I already know how to make bias binding this article makes me want to go to my sewing room and make some with some fun fabrics and look for a project to use it on. Thanks so much for this Dana, I used this to make bias binding from half a yard of fabric! I don’t know if I’m just not bias tape savvy but I can’t for the life of me get it to work. Thanks so much for this! I love to sew, make, and share. Not only that, I wasn’t overwhelmed when I stopped and looked at the twill tape, the single fold bias tape, the double fold bias tape, the quilter’s binding… there’s so much there! My. Congratulations! Try to be exact but don’t stress over it. Multiply the total inches of bias strips needed by the width of the strips to determine the total square inches of fabric you will need. LOVE IT. Your tutorial SO useful. This is the beauty of woven textiles. This is the most well-written tutorial I have ever read. You’ve got it correct. The other edge is the Selvage (or Selvedge in British English). Thank you so much for this detailed tutorial and the wonderful photos. I posted a link on my blog! A 90 degree angle: Then sew the strips together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I just a sewing machine and want to learn how to quilt. Single fold bias tape. Thank you for this tutorial. But for $3-$15, you can buy niffy tools that simplify the process. Thanks again for all your effort and hard work on the tutorials! Thanks. Hi Dana, This has to be the BEST tutorial on bias tape I have ever read…you helped me to understand this “abyss” in such a way that I am now on board with it…you are awesome! Strips are cut 1⅞" wide. It typically comes 1/2 inch and 1 inch wide–which is sometimes packaged as “quilt binding”. Wow! It’s not as cheap as the others ($14) but I love having the wider option. Well, if you’ve tried to ease woven fabric around a curve or created a casing around an armhole, you know that it’s hard to do. ThIs is an awesome post! Very helpful. For example, if you are sewing bias tape onto fabric as decoration and you wish to use 1-inch finished bias tape, you will need to cut 2-inch strips. And now that we know what it looks like….what is it? DESIGN BY OCTOBER INK | DEV BY GEMMA HAYLETT | WEB HOSTING BY RFE Hosting. So I made about 11 yards of 1/2″ double fold bias tape for $4.25. Bias tape is a type of trim and also a binding. In your photo marked (Bias Fold 45 degree angle) do you cut off the remaining fabric, the part that hangs below the newly formed triangle. Great tutorial, thanks! Thankfully you don’t need much of it for the boatneck area. Pingback: Sew a PIPING POCKET – MADE EVERYDAY. It’s so much more fun to sew up a project with a stash of unique trims on-hand. Yay! I am making an iron caddy: http://sisterscommonthread.com/products.html and I needed more than 2 m of bias tape. Help!! Another reason: when you cut strips parallel to the grain line or selvage, the binding has a tendency to pucker and doesn’t always lay flat (I’ve tried it). This is sssuuuuuch a great post. Knowing how to sew, for me, is another way that I know how to love. It came out great, and so much more fun than the solid store-bought stuff. If there’s any excess fabric that’s not wide enough to be a strip, just trim it off before you start cutting strips (like the photo below): And now you’re ready to cut….2-inch wide strips: Sew the strips together at the ends, feed them through the bias tape maker, iron, and you’re done again! But if you haven’t discovered already, it’s also very easy to make you own. I’ve just come back to this after a bit of a bias failure – I knew you’d set me straight! Great tutorial!! Gather your fabrics. Keep going with this method till you get to the end of your strip. They’re bias tape, piping, and quilt bindings. Bias Tape. Thank you for the tutorial! I don’t know if you realize this but, you and I have very quickly become very close friends. But today, I actually knew what the stuff was. But since most of us have a small cutting surface, fold the triangle in half, along the bias cut. (Basically it’s 10 x 10 / 1, and then assume about 5% waste and seam allowance.) Thank-you soo much. They had it on sale at the craft store the other day and almost bought it… because if was on sale of course, but then realized “I have NO idea WHY I need this” maybe I’ll wait. Thanks! Then, with your iron on the proper setting for your fabric type, iron down the folded fabric that comes out of the maker. (That’s pretty wide bias in my book.) For example, if you are cutting 2-inch strips from 1,056 square inches of fabric, you will cut 528 inches of strips. What the heck does “bias” mean? Here’s another look at it. I can not thank you enough for this well explained toturial! This is the flat bias trim with both edges folded in. If you want to try this technique, here is what you need: Half yard of quilt weight fabric … Have you walked by the zippers and threads in your fabric shop and wondered what all those cute packages of solid trim are? I AM going to make meters and meters of the stuff !!! As soon as I get a chance I will be doing this using your tutorial!! I have always wanted to know how to make bias tape. * Piping (sometimes called Welt Cord) is made by sewing rope-like cord inside of bias-cut strips (similar to making bias tape). Your process has made things a lot easier for me and I’m enjoying making bias much more now!!
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