Tonight, the Great Britsh Sewing Bee‘s semifinal is on and to celebrate, how about a sewing How-To? 🙂
While sewing my new blouse the other day, I had to make a sort of binding to encase the waist ties. The instructions said to cut a 60 mm/2″3/8 wide rectangle and fold 10 mm/3/8″ on each side, kind like a binding, but only in a weird size. After struggling with my iron and failing to make a neat band, I decided to try and find a way to help the edges fold themselves before pressing.
I’m well aware that there’s already bias tape makers on the market. However, there’s only a few sizes available. My goal was to find a simple way to make, with what I had on hand, any size binding without buying new gadgets every time.
After a few tries, I came up with something that worked and could be personalize to fit any size! 🙂
Want to make your own? Easy, just grab a piece of cardboard paper, a pencil, a cutter, your sewing scissors and some fabric!
First, let’s do some math. To calculate the width of the strip of fabric you need, you have to think backwards. If you want your finished binding to be 12 mm/1/2″ wide, then it needs to be 25 mm/1″ when open plus 10 mm/3/8″ added on each side for the folded edges. This means you would need to cut a 45 mm/1″3/4 band.
Knowing that, you can now cut your continuous bias strip. If you’re not familiar with how to do this, the Coletterie has a nice and easy tutorial about it.
Now let’s make a DIY bias tape maker!
These are the measurements I’ve used to create a bias tape maker for 25 mm/1″ binding. When sewn onto an edge, this will make a finished 12 mm/1/2″ wide binding edge.
To make your own, use the same measurements only substitute the 25 mm/ 1″ (both horizontally and vertically) and 45 mm/ 1″ 3/4 with the width of your binding and the width of your bias strip respectively.
Now comes the fun part! 🙂
Insert your fabric into your new bias tape maker.
Pin the fabric so it won’t move and slowly pull the DIY bias tape maker.
The strip will fold itself and you can press it as you go. To make sure you stay centered, go slowly and regularly check the strip’s width.
Fun, right? 🙂
You have now both edges neatly pressed.
If you want to use it as a binding, just fold it in half and press to finish it.
For my blouse, I just needed the edges folded so I went ahead and attached it directly to my front.
Now you can make yourself as many binding as you need. Enjoy!
Did you like this How-To? If you want to give it a try, don’t forget to share your DIY bias tape maker on Stitch-N-Smile’s Facebook page! I’ll love to see them! 🙂