In pictures: making your own bias tape

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Ever made your own bias tape (or binding)? Nope, me neither. Until yesterday, that is.

I gave it a go with the help of the super-useful tutorial from Colette Patterns’ Colleterie for a rendition of Tilly’s Mathilde blouse. The white cotton I’m using for the blouse is a little more see-through than I’d like it to be and I’m not a huge fan of the facings showing through. Bias binding it is!

Start with a square of folded fabric, ruler and marking tool

Start with a square of folded fabric, ruler and marking tool

Luckily, I had plenty of fabric left over from when I cut out the blouse to make some cheeky bias binding for the neckline. I also made enough to bind the seams on the sleeves. That’s right folks, you’re looking at a homemade bias binding MAESTRO. Sort of.

Drawing the cutting lines - look Mum, I'm using a ruler!

Drawing the cutting lines – look Mum, I’m using a ruler!

I used the piecing together method rather than the continuous one because geometry was mentioned somewhere in the second tutorial and I got a bit scared. Who needs maths when you can go the long way around or have a calculator, eh?

Cutting the strips of fabric on the bias

Cutting the strips of fabric on the bias

Marking up the fabric, I have never been gladder to own a blue marking pencil. Even if I have lost the white one which came with it. Also, I even used a ruler. I never use a ruler, not even when tracing patterns. ‘Tis true. I’m just bohemian like that.

Stitch the pieces together on a 90 degree angle

Stitch the pieces together on a 90 degree angle

The bit which took the longest was stitching all the pieces together. All that stopping and starting began to feel a little therapeutic after a while.

Homemade bias tape looking a bit wonky, but it'll do

Homemade bias tape looking a bit wonky, but it’ll do

My only regret is not owning a (Sarai’s words) “funky doohickey” to mould the strips into the perfect double-fold bias tape. Boo! If you, like me, don’t own a funky doohickey (that word needs to be used more often), then you can just fold and press manually as you go. Definitely more time consuming and you don’t get to use the word doohickey, but it does the job.

Stitching bias tape to neckline

Stitching bias tape to neckline

Fortunately, even lacking a doohickey, the bias tape fit around the neckline just fine. I stitched it with my machine and then hand-stitched it to the inside of the neckline.

The bias tape, sewn and blind-stitched to the inside of the neckline

The bias tape, sewn and blind-stitched to the inside of the neckline

Et voila! Le bias tape. How does it look on the neckline, you ask?

The bias tape from the outside - less overwhelming than facings

The bias tape from the outside – less overwhelming than facings

Pretty fit, that’s how it looks. Phwoar.

I hope you enjoyed this insight into my somewhat slapdash sewing world. I can promise more is to come, mostly because I have a fancy camera now just BEGGING to be used.

Who else wants to brag about making their own bias tape?

7 thoughts on “In pictures: making your own bias tape

  1. joellestlaurent says:

    Well done! I just made my first bias tape not long ago and I’m starting to see what the fuss is all about. Cotton is my best tip, don’t try making bias tape in chiffon or something. And I have had quite the success folding the tape with the help of a pin pinned to my ironing board under which the tape folds. Hard to describe with words, but check out Megan Nielsen tutorial! It’s really great.

  2. featherstitch says:

    Yep, have also recently discovered the wonders of home made bias. I’ve now also tried ironing it in the finished shape before applying and then curving the bias to the shape of the neck curve rather than straightening them as i sew. Impressively perfect results đŸ™‚

  3. kokorimbaud says:

    Very nice! I have been making some bias tape lately (mostly for my multitude of Laurels), and I found the sewing together a bit tedious, too – so I just sewed enough for any given seam to be used on – like two pieces for the neckline.

  4. justheidi137 says:

    I make all kinds of binding for my T-shirt upcycles—- however it doesn’t have to be on the bias because its a knit fabric. BUT I’m currently working on a pattern that calls for making bias tape—-ahhhhh I’m a little scared. I was gonna buy some, but I really don’t want the boring colors they sell—- I want something bright and fabulous. So I will attempt it! Thanks for the encouragement!!!

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