How To: Cut Bias Tape

What is bias tape & how do I use it?

Bias is the diagonal line of fabric. Fabric cut on the bias stretches around curves without wrinkles or puckers.

Tools needed:

  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilting ruler with a 45-degree line

How To: Cut Bias Tape

Step 1: Line up the 45-degree line on the quilting ruler with the selvedge edge of your fabric.

Step 2: Cut along the edge of the ruler to create a perfect 45-degree cut. A ruler with proper measurement markings is beneficial for keeping the strip width accurate and uniform.

Step 3: Make sure your ruler is aligned with the new diagonal edge of your fabric from top to bottom, before cutting your strips.

How to connect strips of bias tape

Step 1: Cut off the diagonal edges of the strips to make a straight edge.

Step 2: Line up the two strips at perpendicular 90-degree angles to one another, right sides together. Line up the edges, short edge of one strip lined up with the long edge of the next strip.

TIP: Cut ½” (1.3cm) above the corner edges. This is for seam allowance and pinning is optional.

Step 3: Sew diagonally across the corners.

Step 4: Trim the seams down to 1/4″ (0.6 cm).

Step 5: Press the seams open with an iron.

How to use a bias tape maker for double fold tape!

After fabric is cut on the bias and a strip is produced to the dimensions specified on the bias tape maker package, guide the short edge of your fabric into the wide end of the bias tape maker.

Tip: Cutting the end of the strip into a point may help guide it through the maker.

Gently pull the tape maker down the length of the fabric strip, pressing the folds flat with an iron as you go along.

Tip: To anchor, pin the end of the fabric piece to the ironing board. This will make it easier to create the tape as pressing can be done with both hands.

After the first folds are made, fold the tape in half again, (with the raw edges enclosed) and continue to press with an iron.

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