Make Your Own Bias Tape!

Learning how to sew can be a fun, yet overwhelming hobby. Once you get the hang of things, it’s very relaxing and rewarding. In the beginning stages, you’ll find that there are numerous techniques you can use. While choosing the best to use mainly depends on your preferences, there are a few tricks that you might be interested in learning. These will help you on your journey through learning how to sew!

DIY Bias Tape | Fabric Stores in Portland

Over the course of a few blogs last month, we discussed different types of edge finishing techniques. Within those blogs, we talked about bias tape and how some choose to make their own. Today, we are going to teach you how to DIY bias tape, also known as bias binding!

There are several reasons you might need bias tape while working on a project:

  • Waistband finishing
  • Hem
  • Piping
  • Binding
  • Purse strap
  • Armhole finishing
  • Facing substitute
  • Seam finishing

There are tons more reasons why you’d need bias tape for sewing, but those are just a few of the most popular ones!

Making Your Own Bias Tape | Fabric Stores in Portland

When purchasing these useful finishings at the fabric stores in Portland, you might find that the color choices are a bit bland. That’s why it’s fun to try making your own. You can choose any type of fabric you’d like to make your own bias tape!

Cutting Instructions

  • Choose your favorite Japanese cotton fabric or other material you’d like to work with.
  • Mark cutting lines at a 45 degree angle to the selvage with a dressmaker’s pen or pencil, right on the fabric.
  • Cut strips of the fabric, following the marked cutting lines.
  • To make sure you have enough, cut strips that measure out the length of the project, plus more. The extra may not be used, but at least you’ll have it.
  • You will have small triangles at the end of the fabric, once you’re done cutting. These aren’t very useful, as they’re too short. But, in an emergency, you might be able to salvage one.
  • Once you’ve completed cutting the strips of fabric they should be squared off at the end.

Before cutting, make sure you keep in mind the width of the finished product. Measure carefully before marking your lines. Also, remember to consider whether or not you’ll be needing a single or double fold. You’ll need more fabric for a double fold.

  • Single Fold - Strips of fabric should be double in size, width-wise, in order to accommodate the finished product.
  • Double Fold – Quadrupling the size of your fabric strips in width is needed for a double fold. Otherwise, you won’t have enough material.

Sewing Instructions

  • To start attaching the strips, set the corners together, one on top of the other.
  • Right sides should be together and squares should be aligned.
  • Begin stitching slantways, from one corner of the corresponding squares to the other.
  • Using the same sewing technique, sew the strips of fabric together, in the same direction.
  • Pay attention to the seams as you sew. You don’t want seams to angle in both directions.

To Finish the Bias Tape:

  • Mark the seam allowance to 1/4"
  • Each corner of your seam should be cut to a seam allowance of ¼’
  • Open the seams
  • Press allowances flat
  • Fold in half of the allowance, then press it
  • Fold the strip in half end-to-end, right side out
  • Press the strip
  • Open and fold the strip
  • Press it for a single fold
  • Press raw edges into the center

We hope you've enjoyed learning how to make your own bias tape! If you have any questions, contact us. 

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