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How to Make Binding and Bias Tape

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Make your own binding and bias tape from decorator fabric samples and scraps. Use it to trim curtain panels, bed skirts, pillows, and other home decorating textiles. You can buy binding and bias tape in the notions department of any fabric store, but it's usually plain and best suited for hidden hems and other utilitarian purposes. When you make your own, you choose the fabric and you can make it to any width you choose. Here's how:

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: varies by amount

Here's How:

  1. Cut your fabric into strips. For single-fold binding or bias tape, cut the strips 1/2 inch wider than the finished tape. For double-fold tape, double the finished width and add 1/2 inch.

    Cut binding tape strips parallel to the lengthwise or crosswise edges of the fabric. Cut bias tape strips diagonally on the fabric, which is called the bias.

  2. Seam the strips together end to end with right sides together for longer lengths of tape. Seam bias tape strips at a 45 degree angle.

  3. Lay a fabric strip right side down. Fold the long sides 1/4 inch toward the center, wrong sides inside the fold. Press sharp creases into the folded edges with your iron.

    This step completes single-fold binding or bias tape. Continue to Step 4 for double-fold tape.

  4. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, with the previously folded edges inside the fold. Iron a sharp crease into the folded edge.

Tips:

  1. Iron the creases through a dish towel or pressing cloth if you're making your binding or bias tape from delicate fabric.

What You Need

  • Fabric
  • Ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Dish towel or pressing cloth
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