Darcie. Thank you! Love your videos! This will allow you to cut more of the fabric at once on a smaller cutting mat. * Quilt Binding is a fancy name for wide bias tape. Cut a 45-degree angle on one end and slide the fabric into the bias tape maker. Can I use regular bias tape with the knit fabric? You’ve got it correct. Take iron in action, do ironing on stitch parts. I’m wondering the same thing as Connie–do I cut off the extra portion on the bottom that isn’t part of the triangle? And to do that, let’s first understand what bias means. ; ) Today you taught me how to make my own bias tape. It is sometimes made from polyester satin and ranges from 1 to 2 inches wide. the folder gizmo was not happy with flannel either. Strips are cut 1⅞" wide. Would love to hear from you soon. I know there are thousands of sewing how-tos out there but I find yours to be the most clear with the best instructions and photographs. They had it on sale at the craft store the other day and almost bought it… because if was on sale of course, but then realized “I have NO idea WHY I need this” maybe I’ll wait. I’ve always just spent quality time with my iron making it. Double-fold bias tape has a variety of uses, mostly as a binding over raw edges. Not to mentuon that laptops with com port have powerful processors and they provide pretty much everything a desktop computer can offer. Sure that would work fine. You are the only site I have found that explains the method in an easy to understand way. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I don’t know if I’m just not bias tape savvy but I can’t for the life of me get it to work. 1296 inches divided by 2 inches (the desired width of the bias) = 648 inches Step 3. Sorry , Thank you, oh thank you! I plan on rereading this instruction until it sticks. LOVE IT. It typically comes 1/2 inch and 1 inch wide–which is sometimes packaged as “quilt binding”. I’ll have to bookmark you! Pull the fabric through the bias tape make, pressing as you go. I love the way you teach, very thorough. The selvage is the lengthwise grain, while the cut edge (when it runs perpendicular to the selvage) is the crosswise grain. That little 22″ x 28″ piece of fabric is now 9 yards of bias tape. Thank you so much. I’m on the hunt for that red and white striped fabric you have, I love it and I need it! Multiply the total inches of bias strips needed by the width of the strips to determine the total square inches of fabric you will need. This will take a while, so listen to good music or turn on a show in the background. I love to sew, make, and share. (About 1/8 inch or 2–3mm seems to work well for light to medium weight fabric.) From half yard of fabric I made 288’’ bias tape (8 yards), 2½’’ wide, enough for binding a 70’’ square quilt. I love following you! No more! Bias Tape from 1 yard of fabric: Okay, as I mentioned above, it’s easiest to get long bias strips from 1/2 yard of fabric that is cut from 1 yard (so that you have more surface area length for each strip). 648 inches divided by 36 inches = 18 yards So, if a 36 inch square will give you 18 yards of 2 inch wide bias, you will need an extra yard of fabric to make the half inch bias binding for 8 placemats. The calculator calculates how much fabric is needed using both approaches: For a square, the calculator calculates the size of the square of fabric that is needed. Once your strips are all sewn together it’s time to for the folding fun. Measure the size of your fabric in inches. It took me a bit to figure it out but it was so worth it! Just follow this tutorial here: http://www.madeeveryday.com/2008/07/technique-understanding-bias-and-making-bias-tape.html. Hi Caitlin, It’s harder to press Polyester than cotton. Pingback: Watermelon Potholder DIY – A Beautiful Mess, Pingback: Watermelon Potholder DIY | Bloggsom. Made my first “batch” of bias tape with no problem. Anyways, I love your site and I would have never known about the bias tape maker’s output measurements are for single fold only. If the fabric you will cut into bias tape is 43 inches wide and you need 648 square inches of bias tape, you would divide 648 by 43 for a total of 15.07 inches needed. You’ve made it to the end of the tape. Step 1 : [ I will show most of the steps with this white fabric because it photographs better than the navy ] Make sure the edges of your fat quarter are squared off. I just wanted to point out that it is a good thing to have a gap between the folds, as shown in the tutorial. You do a wonderful job teaching. How much in yardage does the 1 inch double fold bias tape yield from one yard of fabric? And finally, fold the triangle down one more time, along the bias edge. So, this method feels simplest to me. Stick the end of the long fabric strip into your bias tape maker. I usually don’t bother to calculate how much bias tape I need – if I didn’t make enough, I can make more. Very very easy to read instructions and the best description of making bias I have found so far. Fold the fabric just as we did in the original directions so you can cut more layers at once, from the bias cut edge. I have made binding for quilts for years but never did double fold. Just line it up with your presser foot each time. But if I start with a 10″ x 10″ (25 cm x 25 cm) square, I’d end up with about 95″ of 1-inch wide (240 cm of 2.5-cm wide) bias tape. Start by folding your fabric on the bias – this is the same method I was taught to make a square out of a rectangular piece of paper. thanks:). Now we’ll sew all the strips together. To figure how much bias tape you will get out of a piece of fabric: (1) Measure your piece of fabric that you are going to be cutting your bias strips from. Strictly speaking, you don’t need any of them, they just help to make it faster and more precise. It came out great, and so much more fun than the solid store-bought stuff. You will get about 9 yard of bias tape.-Sewing machine-Iron-Bias Tape Maker (Optional, but this tool is AWESOME! I’m going to have to dig through your site and see why one would even use single fold bias tape? Here’s another look at it. I have never made bias tape but want to soon.  To apply, open one side and place raw edge flush with the raw edge of your project. But for $3-$15, you can buy niffy tools that simplify the process. Thank you so much for sharing! Fold your fabric to get a 45º angle like we did above and cut the edge with your scissors. Bias tape makes a wonderful Quilt Binding (Faux Chenille Blanket). Have you walked by the zippers and threads in your fabric shop and wondered what all those cute packages of solid trim are? This will be a ‘go-to’ page for me when I’m doing bias binding, until I do alot more of it. My. Thanks for the tutorial, I’ve got it pinned! Hem tape is a way of hemming your clothes without the use of needles and threads. I have seen many blogs use bias tape and binding as one in the same and often calling binding cut on the straight grain bias tape, While bias tape is binding, binding is not always bias tape. This tutorial was very detailed and it works great, but any advice on making double fold bias tape with jersey knit. When creating bias tape, all the fabric strips are cut on the bias rather than parallel to the fabric’s grain line. I’d love to receive something like this. From an 18'' square of fabric (cut from a fat quarter), you can get almost 3 1/2 yards of bias tape that is 2 1/4'' wide (my current preference) or 4 yards if you cut it 2'' wide. Thanks again for all your effort and hard work on the tutorials! For example, a 36-inch square baby quilt will need 1 yard of bias tape on each side, plus a little extra for overlap, or perhaps 4 1/2 yards of bias tape total. Thank you:), Dana, your tutorial is absolutely AWESOME!!! Bye. If you want to try this technique, here is what you need: Half yard of quilt weight fabric … And if you’re a real bias tape enthusiast, Simplicity sells an electronic bias tape maker!…but I’ll tell you about that next month. The video was brilliant too. I don’t have a bias tape maker.. so I pin a large diaper pin to my ironing brd & run the fabric through it.. Hi Dana! I’ve just come back to this after a bit of a bias failure – I knew you’d set me straight! Especially helpful for me are the photos of the “wrongs” you post, personally I feel so many tutorials assume the reader is skilled, I like that yours speak to the beginner in all of us. Thanks so much for this Dana, I used this to make bias binding from half a yard of fabric! If everyone took the time to be as helpful to others as you have, the World would be a better place. The adhesive on the hem tape, which is has two sides, gives a strong bond that lasts even through repeated laundering. I’ve done it in the past using my 1″ maker but every time I try to press behind the “pull”, the ends don’t fold or there’s a fold in the middle. Just eyeball as best as you can (the strips end up overhanging about 1/2 inch). Thanks for joining the party! Okay, at this point, you’ve created single fold bias tape. You need each strip to over-hang a bit and make a 90 degree angle with each other. using your tutorial I was able to understand and make my own bias tape! You have ended my 4 day lengthy hunt!  Stitch in the fold. Bias tape is made of cloth cut at a diagonal angle, or on the bias, with edges folded under. To keep your bias tape neat and orderly, wind it around a small piece of cardboard (two layers of old cereal boxes, 4 layers of cardstock, or scraps from an old shipping box all work great). Once your strips are all sewn together it’s time to for the folding fun. Very helpful. Thanks so much for this! If you’re confused, go back up to the original triangle and just start cutting strips along the bias. Of course PLEASE do a test first on a scrap piece to make sure the settings are proper and nothing is going to melt from too much heat! I hate using that method, and I will admit to leaving welt cord off of more than one project because I didn’t want to take the time to do all of that tedious work. However, I have a question. You’re brilliant! Those two pieces will be sewn together. This is awesome! ThIs is an awesome post! Round the inches needed to be cut up to the nearest basic fraction of a yard. For example, if you are cutting 2-inch strips from 1,056 square inches of fabric, you will cut 528 inches of strips. Determine how wide your bias tape strips must be. (That’s pretty wide bias in my book.) Gosh. Below is the answer: a. How to Cut Any Material in One Long Strip, Copyright 2021 Leaf Group Ltd. All Rights Reserved. I love the red striped one! With a few tools and an iron, a 1/2 yard of fabric is transformed into 9 yards of double-fold bias tape! Bias Binding Calculations: Bias strips are cut on the diagonal from a square or rectangular piece of fabric (see diagrams to the right). Somehow fabric becomes prettier in bias tape! Oh. Some people find this part tedious but I think it comes together fairly quickly and seems easiest to me, compared to other methods. It was so helpful and straight forward I now have a lovely bunch of double-folded bias tape ready to go – hurray! It was very helpfull ♥ sunny greetings from south Spain Sylvia, http://hanna-herz.blogspot.com.es/2013/03/diy-bias-tape.html. It’s one of those simple tasks that makes you feel accomplished (like getting all the laundry in the washing machine—and eventually folding it) To make 1-inch wide double-fold bias tape, use a full yard of fabric and cut strips that are 3.75 inches wide: Pull it through the tape maker, iron it in half, and you have beautiful single-fold or double-fold bias tape. Step 1. : ) I think I also discovered this morning…that I am DEFINITELY…a “sewing nerd” as you call them. Both edges create fabric grain lines. It’s not that it “stretches” but it has some “ease” to it. Single fold bias tape. On another note, I am having a hard time ironing/folding the tape consistently as it comes out of the bias-tape maker and goes under the iron. As soon as I get a chance I will be doing this using your tutorial!! Not nearly as painstaking as previously! I always wondered when “bias” meant and what it was. Thank you for this bias tape tutorial – it helped me make white bias tape to use in my colorful bunging! I was very useful. I can not thank you enough for this well explained toturial! There are many ways to cut and sew bias tape. Find out the width of the fabric you plan to cut into bias tape. No fun.  Top stitch the long side down, close to folded edge. And now that we know what it looks like….what is it? Double fold bias tape is the most common type used (and the kind I sew with most). I have just found your website looking for a way to make my own bias binding. If you're planning to make bias tape from fabric you already own, you can determine how much bias tape you can make. I’ll show you the 1 yard method first. That’s the only step I’m having a hard time understanding. I’ll show you the 1 yard method first. Now on the make my own. Thanks for holding my hand through that Dana! Dana do you have a video of making outdoor cushions for my patio? Fabric is measured in standard fractions of eighths, quarters, thirds and halves, so 16 inches is 0.44 yards. And how can you make your own? Try to be exact but don’t stress over it. Prepackaged, prefolded bias tape is sold in fabric stores, but you'll need to make your own bias tape if you'd like patterned bias tape or tape matched to the exact color of your project. It almost becomes a different design. But today, I actually knew what the stuff was. Thanks so much for the tutorial though…I”m a smart enough lady but sometimes my brain gets all in knots trying to work through all of this! Take a piece of fabric and try it out. * Piping (sometimes called Welt Cord) is made by sewing rope-like cord inside of bias-cut strips (similar to making bias tape). FINALLY someone tells me what the heck bias tape is and why I need it. Thank you! Small prints work best for bias tape since only about a 1/2" wide section of it shows up on your project. However, I think bias tape made from knit fabric would probably look nicer and feel softer. Thank you for such an informative website page. I am still young and have so very much to learn! Hi Dana, This has to be the BEST tutorial on bias tape I have ever read…you helped me to understand this “abyss” in such a way that I am now on board with it…you are awesome! I am making an iron caddy: http://sisterscommonthread.com/products.html and I needed more than 2 m of bias tape. Thanks so much for your ever helpful info! Yep, single-fold bias tape is just Double-fold bias tape unfolded! 20 yards of ironing later… the next batch of bibs will have quilters cotton fabric not flannel for the edging! But if you haven’t discovered already, it’s also very easy to make you own. Thank you so much for your awesome tutorials, Dana!! * Fabrics with small prints work best since a large print won’t be very obvious on a skinny bias tape. We’ll show you the simple, shortcut method and the proper, never-fail method. You can also use what is known in quilting terms as a “fat quarter” to make your bias binding strips. I sure do love this tutorial & can’t wait to make my own bias tapes. Extra wide single fold bias tape. Her articles have appeared on websites and for professional blogs. Note that the fold is actually slightly off-center, so that one side is wider than the other, by a fraction. Divide the inches of strips to be cut by 36 to determine the yardage of your strips. 7. Congratulations! Well, of course shops are closed (it is now 11 pm…) so I remembered you posted a tutorial about this a while ago so I thought I’d check it out. What you are calling single fold bias tape is just the double-fold tape unfolded. And now, let’s cut bias strips. Great tutorial!! And the bias cuts a diagonal line in the middle of that, creating a bias grain! Bias tape isn’t a total mystery to me, but there are some aspects I’ve always wondered about. Thank you for making this so simple! It’s not as cheap as the others ($14) but I love having the wider option. Turn your triangles so they look like those in the picture in step 3. What the heck does “bias” mean? You are such an inspiration to me! Plan to cut fabric strips about twice the width of your finished bias tape, or four times the width of folded-over bias tape. Let’s go back to that aisle in the fabric shop…. Great tutorial, thanks! They’re bias tape, piping, and quilt bindings. Now you got yards of Strips, Question is How to strips into Bias tape? The widest maker available in most shops is a 1-inch. * Single fold is flat, with single edges folded over. If the folds meet in the middle exactly when you make the first fold, they will scrunch up when you try to do the second fold. Had no idea that tape makers could be bought. Let’s talk about it! When you get to a spot where two strips were sewn together, just keep pulling and ironing and you shouldn’t have any problems. Multiply the yardage by 36 to determine how many inches of bias tape strips to cut. And you know what….homemade bias tape would make the perfect gift for a sewing friend! Another reason: when you cut strips parallel to the grain line or selvage, the binding has a tendency to pucker and doesn’t always lay flat (I’ve tried it). Thank you so much. Hurray! Yards and yards of beautiful bias tape! Bias tape makes so much more sense to me now! Knowing how to sew, for me, is another way that I know how to love. What a great job you did of explaining everything about bias tape. For example, if your fabric is 24 inches long and 44 inches wide, you would multiply 24 by 44 for a total of 1,056 square inches. Of course all things can be done the old-fashioned way and you can slowly iron the fabric edges over little by little. Thank you for such an inclusive tutorial on making bias tape!! Thank you for bringing a smile to my face today, for all of your beautiful inspiration and for filling me up with such a sweet thirst for creativity. The folding confuses me (I confuse easily) but I think if I fold my fabric while reading your tute, I’ll get it. Wow! If there is a better done tutorial, on any topic, anywhere on the planet, I’d be surprised. You can make your own! I unplugged my iron with a vengeance today out of such frustration. hhhhhhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiii this was great i loved all the pictures i didn’t even have to read the writing GOOD WORK!!! I have added it to my favourites. Iron all the way to the end of the strip and you’re done! Well, if you’ve tried to ease woven fabric around a curve or created a casing around an armhole, you know that it’s hard to do. Even though I already know how to make bias binding this article makes me want to go to my sewing room and make some with some fun fabrics and look for a project to use it on. If you're planning your project, you can determine the yardage of fabric needed to make your bias tape before you go to the store so you don't buy more fabric than you really need. Okay, I’ll be making 1/2 inch wide double-fold bias tape, so I need to cut 2-inch wide strips. Dana, you are amazing!! It’s a classic combo and yet so hard to find surprisingly haha. Fold the Selvage over to the cut edge of the fabric to create a 45 degree, or a bias cut. b. The small handle on the maker will help you pull with one hand as you iron with the other. Now that you know how to make your own bias tape without a bias maker and how to create miles of continuous bias binding it’s time to learn how to calculate how much fabric you need to make a certain amount of bias tape and also how much bias binding your fabric will make. I’m over my fear of bias tape and ready to trim my daughter’s holiday dress. I packed them up and soon a few pieces of me and all of my love will arrive on their door-step to let them know how much I miss them and care about their little lives. I have a feeling I’m about to become a mega-fan. But each person learns differently. No big deal. Thank you for this tutorial. thanks for the tutorial will give it a trial. Are they the same thing? Hi Dana, Thanks for the great tutorial, you definitely simplified this for me. Making bias tape from a 1/2 yard of fabric: The process is a bit more complicated (at least to me) but just read through it step by step. It can be purchased at any sewing store. I can easily see myself with a new addiction. Such a creative, innovative idea, I will never buy store bought tape again! Hi Dana, G’Day from Australia. Cut strips of fabric. , Pingback: DIY: How to Replace Lampshade Hardware Fittings | RV Inspiration. However, the fabric keeps getting twisted inside the bias tape maker so the raw edges aren’t folding in any more. If you’re ready to sew your trim on….jump to our next tutorial: How to Sew Bias Tape. Pingback: How to Sew a Bias Tape Surgical Face Mask with Flexible Nose | Sweet Red Poppy, Pingback: Sew a PIPING POCKET - MADE EVERYDAY. Thank you so much for all the explanations! I see EVERYTHING and think ‘bias tape’ now! (but i am a sucker for red and stripes :)). The background info is behind us now. I’d never seen bias tape makers until I got a job in a sewing studio, now I see them everywhere! In the left column, "Cut Width of Binding Strips, find 1⅞". Your energy and positive attitude assisted me in determining “I can do this!” Then I watched I used video to work step by step to help myself sew! Very thorough tutorial with steps and “how to” complete task! I feel like your blog has opened my eyes to a whole other world of sewing! Thank you for all your awesome posts! If you’d like to see more on bias tape, check out my video here: http://www.madeeveryday.com/2014/03/made-everyday-episode-how-to-make-and-understand-bias-tape.html. You will get the bundled wireless keyboard and mouse which will give you great typing experience. It took a lot of searching before I finally came across your wonderful post/video on bias binding. But I’m getting ahead of myself. God Bless you man. Will it shrink if i don’t wash it? LOOKING FOR ADVICE. If you’re like me, you’ve been using bias tape more often than you’ve realized! I am going to pin it for my future reference. Again the only purpose here is to make the fabric smaller and easier to cut. Or continue reading for the step-by-step photo instructions. I love all the little things you showede. Thank you so much for this detailed tutorial and the wonderful photos. Most likely, the majority of projects you make will require ½ to 1 yard of fabric for the bias strips. Thank you so much for sharing your talent! 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