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Sewing patterns and tutorial: Turn 1 Fat Quarter into 5 yards of Bias Tape!

Sewing  |  September 26th 2011  |  0 Comment

Sewing patterns and tutorial: Turn 1 Fat Quarter into 5 yards of Bias Tape!

Bug didn’t win any of the categories in the contest, but it sounds like that was due to the way they did the voting.  There were 10 people voting for 5 categories.  They each had to write down 1 name for each category (most original, most creative, best valentine’s theme, wackiest, and most colorful), and they could only vote for a person once.  They also couldn’t vote for themselves, so each kid could get up to 9 votes total.  Bug got 7 votes total, but they were spread out over 3 of the categories.  He was a bit disappointed, but was proud that he got more total votes than anybody else!

Now, onto the tutorial!

So, I came across this technique a couple of years ago, and I love it.  I used to avoid bias tape altogether, if I could get away with it.  The stuff I could find at the stores was too boring for some projects, and I hated making my own.  I’d measure, pin, sew, rip out, and redo several times before I got it just right.

This not only solves that problem, but it gives me several yards of bias tape from just one fat quarter of any fabric I like! Another bonus is that it’s a lot cheaper.  I can spend about $4 on two packages (usually about 3 yards/pkg) of poly/cotton bias tape, or I can spend $1-$2.50 and get 5 yards from a single fat quarter.  There’s also no reason why you couldn’t use the same method with a larger piece of fabric.

Lay your fat quarter flat on your work surface with the 22” side facing you.

Bring one of the top corners down to create a diagonal fold. Press along the fold with your finger to create a crease.

Unfold and cut along the crease. Rotary cutters work well, but scissors will do just fine. Try to keep the cut as straight as possible.

Move cut piece over so that the 18” vertical sides are next to each other.

Pin the two pieces, right sides together, along the 18” vertical sides. Sew together, using a ¼” seam. You’ll be cutting across this seam, so use a small stitch.

Press open.

Using a straight edge, draw lines ½” to 2” apart, depending on how you want your bias tape. (See end of post for more information) If the end is too narrow, you’ll need to cut it off so all your lines are equally spaced.

Fold your fabric, right sides together, and pin together to create a tube, making sure your lines will meet up along the seam. The beginning and end will not meet up with an opposite side.

If you place your pins ¼” down from edge, making sure the lines line up on the pins, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Using a ¼” seam allowance with short stitches, sew together, then press open.

Cut along the lines, and you end up with a strip of fabric about 5 yards long!