Make Your Own Adorable Bias Tape Binding the Easy Way

diy bias tape binding
how to make your own bias tape binding

Bias tape binding is used in a lot of sewing projects, and I love working with it. But did you know that you can make your own?

Why would you want to make your own bias tape when you can go to the fabric store and buy a package of bias tape already made?

bias tape at the store

If you’ve ever gone to the fabric store to buy bias tape, you’ll notice that they only come in a selective amount of solid colors, and that’s boring!

You’ll find the color to match your sewing project fabric if you’re lucky.

What you’re not going to see is bias tape that is made from cute colored prints.

FAT QUARTER BIAS TAPE binding

In this post, I’m going to show you how you can get five yards of bias tape binding by using just ONE fat quarter of fabric. Making bias tape is quite simple.

It only takes about 30 minutes to make five yards.

I’ll show you how to make a single fold bias tape, a double fold bias tape, and bias strips for binding a quilt.

Be sure to watch the video tutorial at the end of the post because I show you throughout the video several different tips that maybe you haven’t seen before, and I show you how I store and organize my bias tape.

I do have a previous post where I showed how to make bias tape using a different method and in that tutorial, I go over in more detail about what bias tape is, what it’s used for, so you might want to check that out.

Watch the video tutorial at the end of the post because I show you several different tips throughout the video that you haven’t seen before, and I show you how I store and organize my bias tape.

In a previous post, I showed how to make bias tape using a different method, and in that tutorial, I went over in more detail what bias tape is and what it’s used for, so you should check that out.

 

bias tape binding supplies

Bias Tape Binding Materials and Items Needed

Bias Tape Instructions

1 -Fabric Prep

The first thing that you’ll do is press the fabric to get the wrinkles out.

If using a FAT QUARTER, which usually measures around 21×18 inches, you’ll need to cut it into a square. (18×18 inches).

bias tape binding

FAT QUARTER INSTRUCTIONS

***If you’ve cut your fabric 18x 18, you’ll, you’ll skip this part.

Place the fabric with the RIGHT SIDE FACING UP.

Square up the fabric by bringing the short edge to the long edge.

Line up the edges so it makes a perfect triangle. (You may need to straighten off the edges because they don’t always cut it straight at the fabric store).

Cut off the excess. So that you have a piece of fabric 18×18 inches. It can be bigger or smaller, it just needs to be square.

cutter blad tipIf it’s been a while since you’ve changed your rotary cutter blade, you may want to do that. I have a post showing you all about rotary cutters, including changing the blade.

It makes a big difference if you have a sharp blade.

You can READ THIS POST for more details about “how to change the blade”.

bias tape binding folded triangle

2 -Cutting Two Triangles

Before you open the triangle up, cut the fabric into two separate triangles.

Cut it along the fold of the triangle.

Take your scissors, lay them flat like this, and push them out onto the fold.

Cut down all the way with the flat edge of your scissors on the table.

bias tape binding

Flip both layers of fabric to the right.

Take the top layer and flip it to the right

Line the top edges up. Leave an ¼ inch tail on that side where indicated in the photo.

Pin it in place.

bias tape binding seam allowance guide

3 -Sewing the bias tape binding fabric.

You can put a quarter-inch presser foot on your sewing machine, but if your sewing machine doesn’t come with a quarter-inch presser foot, you can take a piece of masking tape, washi tape, or painter’s tape and put it down on that quarter inch seam marking on your sewing machine plate.

bias tape binding top seam

Sew the top edge using a quarter-inch seam allowance.

Change the stitch length to a 2 instead of a 2.5. This will keep the stitches just a little bit more secure.

***Check out the video for a great tip on starting a seam without the fabric bunching up.

bias tape pressing

4 -Press the seam allowance open.

bias trape binding drawing lines

5 -Marking the bias tape strips

Place the wrong side facing up and mark two-inch strips starting at the bottom of the fabric and work your way up until you’ve filled the fabric with 2-inch increments.

Cut off the remaining fabric.

bias tape binding excess

These two-inch strips will make a double-fold bias tape that measures 1/2 inch or one-inch single-fold bias tape.

Of course, you can make bigger strips of bias tape if you want.

The lines must be accurate.

6 -Sewing the bias tape fabric

DO NOT CUT STRIPS YET!

bias tape lining up linesFlip the right side facing up. Bring the ends towards the center. (You think you would just line up the lines straight across, right? But you don’t.

You’re going to shift the lines up one row, then line up the lines.

This is where the magic happens!

quarter inch ext bias tapeFind the point on the left piece of fabric. That point needs to extend past the line underneath by ¼ inch.

Pin the edges in place, careful not to pull the top or bottom fabric tighter than the other.

Go to the sewing machine and sew down that side using an ¼ inch seam allowance. No need to backstitch.

It will seem a little awkward, and it won’t lay flat; it will look like the photo above.

press bias tape seamPress the seam open.

***If you’ve ever made bias tape binding where you cut a bunch of strips sewn them together individually, and then pressed each individual strip seam allowance open, then you know how tedious it can be.

It also takes a lot more time. This way you have such nice, neatly pressed seam allowances.

It’s the easiest way to make bias tape!

***If you’ve ever made bias tape where you cut a bunch of strips sewn them together individually, and then pressed each individual strip seam allowance open, then you know how tedious it can be.

It also takes a lot more time. This way you have such nice, neatly pressed seam allowances.

It’s the easiest way to make bias tape!

butting bias tape strips

7 -Cutting bias tape binding strips

Start cutting the strips by following the lines.

Continue cutting until you have five yards of bias tape.

Ta-da!

bias tape binding types

There are three types of bias tape, bias strips for binding without a fold, single fold and double fold bias tape.

8 -Unpressed bias strips

Simply leave it unpressed or just fold it in half, then place it on mini bolts ready for use.

bias tape binding folding

9 -Making single-fold bias tape (manually without bias tape maker)

Fold the bias tape strip in half. Then bring the edges together in the center and press the outer folds.

Continue that process until you have pressed the whole strip.

bias tape binding maker

10-Double fold tape using the bias tape maker

This little tool is so handy!

They come in several sizes, and for this project, I am using the “blue tool”.

Slide the point of one of the points into the tool. Sometimes, it’s a little challenging to get it to come out.

Just take a pin and kind of cinch that up through that slit that’s on top of the tool.

Gently start pulling the fabric through the tool, and it will start folding the fabric sides in.

bias tape binding single fold

Start pressing it as you pull.

When you go over the seams, you may have to fuss with it just a little bit, and it can be a little annoying, but stick with it because, in the long run, it’s so worth it.

Continue to do that until the whole strip is folded.

I like to leave my strips wide because I don’t want that fold in some projects when I’m using a double, especially if I’m going around corners or things.

11- Double fold bias tape binding without the tool

To make double-fold bias tape, fold it in half again and press it in place. That’s it.

storing bias tape

How to store and organize your bias tape strips

I use comic boards to store my small pieces of fabric, as I’ve shown in this post.

These comic boards work well to also store bias tape.

1 – Making bias tape bolts.

Cut the boards. 5 X 2.5 inches. (This is the same size board that come with your store bought bias tape.)

bias tape binding mini bold

2 – Folding bias tape on boards

Take your bias tape strip and start wrapping it around the board. You don’t want to pull it too tight.

Tuck the end under the already wrapped tape.

I found the perfect box matching the bins I used to put my small fabric bolts on.

YOU CAN GET THEM HERE

They fit in these boxes perfectly!

BIAS TAPE binding CABINET

They have adhesive strips on the back so you can hang them on your sewing wall or inside a cabinet door like mine.

It’s eye candy for my sewing room.

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Jan Howell

Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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