How To: Make bias tape with a gadget

How to make bias tape with a gadget at www.makery.uk

Bias tape has a multitude of uses. Fact. I LOVE bias tape! But store bought tape can have its limitations in terms of colour, quality and width. Once you’ve mastered making your own you can create bias tape quickly and easily to match perfectly with any project. Whether you use it as a binding, a facing, piping, whatever it is; custom made bias lends a touch of quality to your sewing in a way that it’s “off the peg” cousin can’t quite manage. There are a couple of methods that I use to make bias tape. This post covers using a shop bought bias maker. (I’ll cover the other in a separate post)

How to make bias tape with a gadget at www.makery.uk

Start with a bias strip the right width for your bias maker. Bias strips should be twice the width that you want your finished bias tape to be. (Want an easy way to make bias strips? See here). With the strip RS down/WS facing up, insert one end of the strip into the widest end of the bias gadget ensuring the fabric strip is as central as possible…..

How to make bias tape with a gadget at www.makery.uk

Gradually feed the fabric strip along . I find it helps to use something pointy to help it along…

How to make bias tape with a gadget at www.makery.uk

Feed it through until juuuuust a teeny bit pops out the end of your bias maker

How to make bias tape with a gadget at www.makery.uk

Press the tip of the strip as it pokes through…

How to make bias tape with a gadget at www.makery.uk

Take hold of the handle of the gadget and gently slide it along the fabric strip about a centimetre at a time, pressing as you go

How to make bias tape with a gadget at www.makery.uk

Keep going all the way to the end of the strip. Slide the gadget along the strip a centimetre then press. Slide it along another centimetre then press, and so on; until you’ve gone the length of your bias strip…

How to make bias tape with a gadget at www.makery.uk

and there you have it…nice neat bias tape ready to use on your next sewing project 🙂

 

This tutorial first appeared as a guest post on Seams & Scissors

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1 Comment

  1. debbi July 12, 2015

    my aunt used those to make her braided rag rugs.

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