Tonight, the Great Britsh Sewing Bee‘s semifinal is on and to celebrate, how about a sewing How-To? 🙂

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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! 🙂

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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!

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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.

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Pin the fabric so it won’t move and slowly pull the DIY bias tape maker.

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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.

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Fun, right? 🙂

You have now both edges neatly pressed.

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If you want to use it as a binding, just fold it in half and press to finish it.

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For my blouse, I just needed the edges folded so I went ahead and attached it directly to my front.

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Now you can make yourself as many binding as you need. Enjoy!

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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! 🙂

  • Lois

    It had been 30 yrs. since I made my own bias. Making a quilt and wanted “custom” bias also. This lesson was super ! Thank you so much.

    • So happy that this How-To helped you! Good luck with the quilt! 🙂

  • Su Wu

    I pinned this page, thank you very much. I’m sure you might be interested in this one, too.

    • Very cool! Thanks for the link! 🙂

  • Sam King

    worked an absolute treat! thank you!

    • You’re very welcome! 🙂

  • Varsha

    That’s one smart way to do it..I love to add a touch of contrast to my necklines but used to get tired fiddling with a narrow strip of fabric. We don’t get these bias tape makers (good ones ) in India.This has made my life easier 🙂 Thanks a lot Coralie, for sharing this !

    • It’s the same here in Switzerland, bias tape maker are hard to find and often come in only one size. Very frustrating! I’m really happy you’ve enjoyed this How-To. Happy sewing!

  • What an amazing work that is. i will try this.

  • Fashion Lover

    Thanks for the Tutorial! By the way I love your pins!

  • Canary

    Great, novel idea! As you mentioned, the store ones only come in a couple sizes. One suggestion for improvement (based on 25 mm and 10 mm ones I purchased) is to lengthen the distance from where fabric goes in to where it folds. That distance on the finished size 25 mm is 60 mm, and the 10 mm wide is 55 mm. Trying to make the fold earlier makes it more difficult to do; whereas with a longer distance it is easier to fold… Just something to think on.

    Thanks so much for the idea as to how to make other sizes!! Mine are often either too wide or too narrow.

    • Thanks for the improvement idea! Will look into it. 🙂

  • Genevieve Caswell

    Thank you for this

  • Marcia Milach

    Amei o tutorial

  • Елена Суббота

    Thank you