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How to Make Bias Tape Easily

I'm not bias, are you?

Okay, maybe I am a little.  I really do prefer sewing to most of my other hobbies.

That is why today I want to share with you one of the most useful and easiest tricks in sewing.  How to make bias tape.
Step by step photo and video instructions on how to make bias tape easily with and without a bias tape maker.
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Yep, that's right.  You can make your own bias tape.

No need to run to JoAnn Fabrics, Amazon or even Walmart anymore.  You can sew up your own MATCHING bias tape for any project you do.

How to Make Bias Tape Easily

All you need is a bit of fabric and thread.  I'll teach you how to make bias tape without a bias tape maker.

But I'll also show you how to make it with a tape maker.

Let's get sewing!!

How to Make Bias Tape

Materials Needed
1/2 yard of fabric or more depending on how big your project is
Thread
Optional:  Bias Tape Maker



You have the choice as to what size bias tape you make.  I'll be making 2" double bias tape.

How to Make Bias Tape
Step 1
Fold one corner across and to the opposite corner to make a large triangle.  

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 Step 2
Next, take the top right corner and fold across to the opposite corner.

Trim fabric so it is a square.

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Step 3
Now rotate your fabric so the fold on the diagonal piece can be trimmed.


Use a rotary cutter and cut the folded edge straight. 

Measure each section 2.5” and cut straight.




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 Step 4
Take your bias tape pieces and line them up so the slanted edges intersect.  Stitch across.  Repeat with each piece of bias tape.



Open bias tape and iron flat.  Trim down seams.



At this point, you have two choices.  You can either continue making your bias tape without any help 

OR

you can finish with the help of a bias tape maker.

bias tape maker
You can get these for inexpensive.  I grabbed mine on Amazon.

I'll show you both.


How to make bias tape without a bias tape maker

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 Step 5
Fold bias tape in half and press.


 Step 6
Open the bias tape and fold raw edges towards the middle.  Press.


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Step 7
Your raw edges should now be enclosed.  Press.

How to use a bias tape maker

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If you have a bias tape maker, you'll simply insert the fabric into the maker.  Making sure that the fabric is evenly distributed.


How to Make Bias Tape
 Thread the fabric through until it comes out the other side.  It should fold around itself.  It may take a few tries.

Once it comes out the end, use your iron to press the folded sides down.

How to Make Bias Tape

YAY!!  See how easy it is to make bias tape.

Now you can make bias tape that will match any project or use whatever fabric you already have on hand.  No need to go to the store!
  
Step by step photo and video instructions on how to make bias tape easily with and without a bias tape maker.

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