Wednesday, October 01, 2008

bias tape makers

Lorna had a question about bias tape makers, and what size had I used for the napkins which I made for Rhonda's napkin swap...

I used the 1-inch Dritz bias tape maker you see above. I would have preferred a Clover brand, just because I've found them easier to use, but my local fabric store didn't have it.

For the 1" bias tape maker, you cut your strips of fabric about 1 3/4" wide. What you end up with is a double fold bias tape about 1/2" wide.

There are some great pictures here on Purl Bee that show the process much better than I could explain it.

I think this size tape would also be a good size for many other types of projects like potholders and placemats as well.

Hope this helps.

Deb

20 comments:

  1. I love making my own bias tape - having unique bindings really add a lot to projects. BTW, I have that floral print fabric - I'm just finishing working on a table runner with it. You have good taste!

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  2. Thank you so much for explaining the measurements to me - you are a star. I love you choice of fabrics, you have a good eye.

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  3. Hi Deb! It's strange coming to visit and seeing "my" napkins and potholder featured on your blog. I posted a photo of the napkins yesterday just after they were ironed.

    Hope you are well and happy. Love RJ

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  4. Making bias tape is oodles of fun! It's so fun to add something more unique than a store bought bias tape!

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  5. I have one of these but am embarrassed to say I am yet to use it. Clarice

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  6. ive just bought one too
    its a 2inch one...which gives a little more than 1/2 inch tape
    im after a smaller one too

    i love it
    making my own tapes is great

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  7. I'm thinkin' that I need one of these.
    :)

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  8. Carole12:09 PM

    Just catching up with your blog after several days, and was sad to read that your father has been ill. Add my prayers to those of your other readers. Each time I use the market bags from you, I'll be thinking of your father and you.

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  9. I have never seen bias tape made like this. What an absolutely wonderful idea. I think I am going to have to get one of those. I will have to keep my eyes open in the next fabric shop I go to.

    God bless.

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  10. I have recently had many projects which require bias. I have found the process to be very fun and relaxing. I like the bias tape makers with the plastic insert. I'm not sure why, but I had better luck when I used that kind. Do you apply your bias from the right side or the wrong side. In other words, are you topstitching the already sewn fold or folding the tape to the top and then stitching. My friend and I are debating the pros and cons of both ways. Sorry for the long comment.

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  11. Making bias tape requires some practice. The last time I tried it didn't go well. You know how one gets a sense of anxiety when one contemplates a skill not quite mastered? (Well, I do at any rate). I sense a need to conquer that small fear:)

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  12. Dear Deb ,
    Love reading your blog. Thanks for the tips on bias tape, its a fantastic idea that I often use as it is so easy to match colours etc.
    I love the fabrics you show too.
    With Smiles
    Kathryn

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  13. I have never done this but would love to learn. I am still praying for your dad.

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  14. What a great idea...i just LOVE your blog. Where in NYS are you? Perhaps we are not far from each other.

    :)Doreen

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  15. Anonymous10:34 AM

    After reading about the bias tape maker here, I went out and bought one. I love it. I didn't realize how easy it was.

    Thanks,
    Crystal in Pahrump

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  16. Making bias tape requires some practice. The last time I tried it didn't go well. You know how one gets a sense of anxiety when one contemplates a skill not quite mastered? (Well, I do at any rate). I sense a need to conquer that small fear:)

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  17. Carole4:55 PM

    Just catching up with your blog after several days, and was sad to read that your father has been ill. Add my prayers to those of your other readers. Each time I use the market bags from you, I'll be thinking of your father and you.

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  18. ive just bought one too
    its a 2inch one...which gives a little more than 1/2 inch tape
    im after a smaller one too

    i love it
    making my own tapes is great

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  19. I love making my own bias tape - having unique bindings really add a lot to projects. BTW, I have that floral print fabric - I'm just finishing working on a table runner with it. You have good taste!

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