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Tool Time: Bias Tape Maker

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Tool Time: Bias Tape Maker

Hi friends, Yesterday was my weekly "work from home" day – the day that I spend working on craft ideas that require the kind of cutting, pasting, folding, ironing, pinning, sewing, seam-ripping, swearing, re-pinning, re-sewing, and glitterizing that it just wouldn't be friendly to expose my cubicle-mates to. (Especially the glitter. They're very sensitive about that sort of thing.) Part of my day included making some bias tape. Using bias tape as trim is super handy – because it's cut on the bias, it's got a nice "give," which makes it perfect for trimming curves (such as necklines or arm holes) and rounded corners (such as cushions or place mats). It's also a super-quick way to finish raw edges – try bias tape instead of a hem on your next quick skirt – or to add a bit of embellishment. bias-tape-maker-upside-down Bias tape is widely available in stores, but the colours and sizes are limited. It's not hard to make your own bias tape, but the natural stretch of the fabric can make the process a bit finicky. That's where the bias tape maker comes in. It's a simple little gizmo that acts as an extra pair of hands for you, folding and holding the fabric while you're busy with the iron. flip-it-over I had a good length of fabric already cut and ready to go, so it was just a matter of feeding it into the device and setting the iron to "High." It wasn't long before I was ready to get trimming. (Hint: I also use the bias tape maker when I'm making quilt binding, even when the fabric isn't cut on the bias.) miles-of-it If you're interested in breaking away from using pre-made bias tape, the Colette Patterns blog has a great tutorial on making bias tape, and Creative Little Daisy has a great tutorial for making bias tape without a bias tape maker (a very nifty trick indeed). Edited to add: Look, artisan bias tape!
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