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Don't be afraid of the big bad Bias! I used to be and then found a great way to make it easily. I want to share it with you.

Bias tape takes a good bit of fabric, but it's still less expensive than buying the pre-packaged kind. In my estimate and experience, you can make approximately 5-6 yards of bias tape form 1 yard of fabric.

Okay, let's begin.

Step #1

Lay your fabric on a flat surface. Open the fabric RIGHT side up and note the natural crease (this is the crease that's made while the fabric is on the bolt). Lay the fabric so the crease is vertical in front of you. You will also know it's the correct way when the selvage (the edge of the fabric that is woven to prevent fraying) is on your right and left.

Next, pick up the left selvage at the bottom and fold it over to the right selvage making a 45 degree angle. You know this is right because your right selvage will be under the bottom raw edge and the left selvage will be at the top now. You will also notice it is uneven. It's supposed to be, it's okay. You're doing fabulous.

Next you will run your hand along the fold and make a crease. Take a yard stick and a marking pencil and mark along this new fold on the WRONG side of the fabric.

Next you will open the fabric WRONG side up so you can see the line you have drawn. Depending on the size of bias tape you need, continue drawing lines on the bias. (Example: For a 1" bias tape, you will need to draw lines 4" apart. 1/2" bias tape will need 2" strips, etc.) For this tutorial, I'm making 1" bias therefore making 4" strips.

Cut your strips.

Step #2

Take two strips and with RIGHT sides together, line up the diagonal edges. This should look like a frame. Pin to hold. Sew a 1/4" seam. When you open to press, it should be a straight line of fabric. Continue to sew as many strips together as needed for the amount of bias tape you need. If after sewing, you notice the edges of the strips don't line up perfectly, that's okay, don't panic. It will all work out once you begin ironing.

Step #3

It is time to fold and iron the strip. Fold the long edges lenghtwise or in half with WRONG sides together and press. P.S. Don't judge a girl by her ironing board. Mine works hard. :D

Your strip should be half it's size now. Open the strip again and note the crease you've made. Fold each raw edge in to that crease and press again.

For good measure and to make sure the tape stays in place, fold along the original crease and press again.

The two ends of the bias tape will be uneven. Cut them off to make them flush.

COMPLETE!!! You did it. Wasn't that incredibly easy? I'm so proud of you. Great job! Now, go on and make something marvelous with your bias tape.

I hope this tutorial helps ease your fear about bias tape.

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Comment by iris on December 21, 2010 at 6:22pm

Thank You, This is very helpful.

Comment by Pam on December 17, 2010 at 2:08pm

Thank you Angee.  I'm going to start making my bias tape. Great tutorial and photos, and easy to understand.

Comment by Aarti Patil on December 17, 2010 at 12:33am

very easy and helpful indeed. light on the purse too. thanks.

Comment by CoraKiceniuk on December 15, 2010 at 5:59pm

This is cool I forget what pattern I did one time and I had to fold it a certain way. When I cut according to directions I had a long strip of fabric bias. I didn't think at the time that it was going to work out like the directions. Now do you use this for quilting or for other projects?

Comment by Gail Grange on December 15, 2010 at 1:07pm

Brilliant, thanks x

Comment by Angee Barbe on December 15, 2010 at 9:42am

Thank everybody for the comments.  I'm blown away with how many of you find it helpful.  That's awesome.

Comment by jo sews on December 15, 2010 at 8:54am

I liked it very much. I problem is putting the bias band on the garment. Got any tips on how to do it where it looks professional?

Comment by Arlene Hanna on December 14, 2010 at 8:51pm

great demo.  Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Marsha Egleston on December 14, 2010 at 5:49pm

this is great Angee!! Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Sue Smith on December 14, 2010 at 5:49pm

Nice tutorial. I think handmade bias is the Best!!

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