bookwormbethie {farewell} [deleted] 7:39pm, 26 March 2012
Okay, so I'm still a sewing noob in some ways since I'm looking for advice on how to make my own bias tape. I have made and sewn my own "straight grain" binding for quilts, but this make your own bias tape has me a bit intimidated, especially since there are soooo many different tutes to make your own. I've used store bought a couple of times, but I really want to make my own bias tape so I can use whatever fabric I want and have it perfect matchy-matchy.

After some searching, this one below seems to make the most sense to me....
**If I want to use this tute, can I stop after I've sewn the one seam to make a parellogram and just cut diagonal strips to sew together to make bias tape??**

This folding method seems a bit tricky, but I admit the 'old school' person in me likes the idea of sewing the lengths together without having to fuss with sewing some kind of tube thing.... a bit slower I know...

When I make my own bias tape, I will only have 1 FQ to work with.

So after all this rambling, I guess I am seeking three things: (1) does anyone have any insight for me?? and (2) can the FQ be cut as is into 45 degree wide strips, or does the FQ need to be cut and rearranged and resewn BEFORE strips are cut???? (3) after I sew down the bias tape the first time, can I hand sew the bias tape to the front (using a hidden stitch, ladder stitch, or what not) like I would if I was doing quilt binding??
wolfmom2ac 5 years ago
I have never made bias binding. Looks to hard to me!! But I do think that once you have sewn the bias binding on to the front and then flip the quilt to sew the other half down, you would sew it down with the hidden stitch just like when you would sew on the other binding.
When I do binding, I do the binding that you sew ends together and then you don't have to worry about the binding stretching as much. Bias binding is used more if you have rounds or curves to your quilt.
I hope that helps some what!
bookwormbethie {farewell} [deleted] 5 years ago
yes I plan on making a "finger tip" oven mitt and will need bias tape for the binding.....

i would hope that, for the 2nd part, i could just sew it down by hand, i think that would make prettier results. and i'd have so much more control over the stitching. back when i was a real noob, i didn't have that great of luck machine stitching the bias tape down for the 2nd part.....

perhaps someone else can enlighten us both ;)
dana and thread Posted 5 years ago. Edited by dana and thread (member) 5 years ago
do the first way. the first time is tricky but once you master it, your life will be changed! you'll find that everything looks better on the bias--i use that method (this tutorial: to make binding for all of my quilts. trust me--it's so worth learning. once you can do a FQ, you can do any size!
Strawberrylicious 5 years ago
If you only need to make enough for a pair of oven mitts then don't bother with the first tute. Just do it the old fashioned way and cut it on the bias then see the ends together. You should only have to sew a couple ends to get enough for the mitts.
Sewing Geek 5 years ago
The link from dana and the thread is THE online tutorial. And here's another good one from Heather Bailey:
I agree with Tamiko- if you're only doing a mitt, no use in using a whole tube, just some strips cut on the 45. But for a big project, the other ones are fantastic!
bookwormbethie {farewell} [deleted] Posted 5 years ago. Edited by bookwormbethie {farewell} (member) 5 years ago
thank you all for the info! it's nice to know i can do it the "long" way and just cut my strips "as needed" (although I'll probably cut all the strips from the FQ) and just sew them together as I need them.

I'll use the first tute to make my FQ parellogram and then cut strips as needed :) hurray!

after i attach the bias tape by machine sewing, do you think I can hand sew the bias tape down to the front of my project --- much like if I was doing a quilt?
Applecyder 5 years ago
Yahaira at Bitter purl has a really interesting tutorial. It is a lot like the tube thing, but it seems a lot less complicated. I haven't tried it yet, but I will for my next quilt. I do trust her as a source though!
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