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How to sew bias tape

 If you don’t know what bias tape is, go check out this article where I explain what it is then come on back here to learn how to make it!

What you’ll need:

Cotton fabric

Sewing machine 

Sewing needle + thread

iron + ironing board

The steps:

   1. Cut a strip of fabric 2.5” tall and very long. 

Bias tape is cut on the bias of the fabric rather than on the selvage or cut edge. The bias is just a 45 degree angle from the corner of the fabric. 

Bias tape can be purchased and you can also purchase something called a fabric jelly roll (I know fun name right!) these a strips of fabric that are already 2.5” tall!

   2. Fold the strip in half, lengthwise (hotdog!) wrong sides together and iron. 

   3. Remove the fold and fold the top down, lengthwise, so that the raw edge of the top is in line with the crease. And iron in place. 

   4. Fold the bottom up, lengthwise, so that the raw edge of the bottom is inline with the crease. And iron in place. 

Important to note here: you do not want the top piece that’s folded down and the bottom piece that’s folded up overlapping. 

There you go! You have made single fold bias tape! Now just one more step and you’ll have double fold bias tape. 

   5. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, there should be no raw edges showing. Iron the strip and there you have it!

And we’re done! You’ve now made yourself a snazzy piece of bias tape. 


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