Saturday, March 3, 2012


When I learned this technique for making bias tape, I have been decorating and embellishing projects and clothes ever since.  I now have a tool for folding the bias tape.  If you do not have this tool the instructions for making the bias tape without it are included in this post.  So happy decorating!

In this photo the material is laying with the selvege facing down

I usually use about 1/2 yard to make several pieces of bias strips for my bias tape.
1.  Place the selvage of your fabric facing the bottom of your cutting board or table that you are using (as shown in photo).
2.  Place your see through measuring tool (STMT), or a yard stick if you do not have this tool at an angle on the fabric.  My cutting board has this angle already on it as my guide.  The object is to cut your strips on an angle or bias.  If using a yard stick, draw a line with a chalk pencil.  This will be your guide for cutting.

Position your see through measuring tool the width that you want for the bias strip and cut with rotary cutter

3.   Lay your (STMT) the width you want your strips.  I usually use a 1 1/2 inch but some decorating requires a wider piece of bias tape.
4.  Using a rotary cutter or a pair of scissors cut your strips.  The number of strips depends on the length of bias tape you need.

now you have a strip of material cut on the bias

Your strips will look like this or wider, but angled on either end.

to attatch the stips together the 2 strips will be at this angle.

5.  Lay 2 strips as in the photo above.

Pin the 2 strips together as shown in photo

6.  Lay the 2 strips right sides together.  Notice that the edges do not line up, they will be slightly off. See the above photo.  Pen in place.

notice how the strips overlap and are sewn, this allows the 2 strips to become on long matching stip

7.  Sew a seam, starting where the fabric meets.  Notice the red seam.  This is very important so that the strips line up when you are finished sewing these your strips together.

cut the edges even with the strip

8.  Trim off the excess along the edge of the strip on both sides.


9.  Line your strip wrong side up and open seam and press.

Fold in half and press to create your line as a guide

10.  To make bias tape without bias tape tool, fold your strip in half and press to create a guide line for your next step.

this is the bias tape tool that I was describing above that fold the strip for me as I press it.

If you have a bias tape tool you can do step 10 with the tool.

fold in half

11.  Using this ironed line as a guide in the next step.

fold and press toward center crease then do the other side the same way.

12.  Fold one side of your tape towards line in the middle and press.  When you have finished with one side do the other side.

When you have folded toward the center both sides it should look like this

When you are finished both sides should look like the photo above.

Then fold in half and press

13.  Fold the two folded ends to meet each other at the edges.  Simply said, just fold it in half and press.

sew down close to the edge of both sides of the tape for the hand towel and the pot holder posts

For the HAND TOWEL or POT HOLDER hooks you will need to do this last step.

14.  Sew both the edges of the finished bias tape about 1/8" from edge.

If you have any questions you can e-mail me at

Saturday, January 7, 2012


In this tutorial I will show you how I sew tags in clothing and how I secure elastic without a bulge. Years ago you lapped elastic over the top of another piece of elastic and sewed it together. This can be uncomfortable and leave a bulge in the back of a garment. As my kids use to say, this feels funny. I came up with a way of eliminating this problem.
Several of the garments I make for my grand children are handed down to the next child or given away to a cousin.  Putting a tag on clothing helps mothers to know when a used garment will fit the next child. Putting tags in the back of clothing for children, also helps children know how to put their garments on correctly. 
Buying sewing tags can also get expensive, so making my own tags out of scraps was a frugal option.
scrap piece of material-a color that will show up on your garment.
fabric permanent marking pen-I use a laundry marking pen
thread to match 
Sorry for this drawing, but I missed taking a picture of making the tag itself. So bear with me. The paint option on my computer is not one of my skills.
1.  Cut a piece of fabric the size you want your tag just a little larger.  Fold you material in half, right sides together 2.  Sew on either side where you see the green arrows.  3.  Turn your tag righ tside out and it should look like. 
You can zig-zag the bottom of your tag to prevent raveling if you like.

Place your tag and sew as you see in the photo above. Also using your permanent marking laundry pen, label your tag a size, or a name.


Pin and sew your elastic casing around you garment leaving an opening to insert your elastic. Then insert your elastic in the casing.Check out steps 8 & 9 Plastic Bag Holder Instructions. These instructions show a regular safety pen, for elastic I like to use a diaper pen.
Elastic the size of your childs waist (MINUS) 1 3/4 OR 2 inches. "SEE NOTE BELOW"
Cut a piece of scrap material large enough to fold over the top of elastic, LEAVING enough fabric to insert the other piece of elastic.

Using a large zig-zag stitch sew several times going forwards and backwards over the one end of the elastic as shown in picture.

Trim your scrap piece of material that is left over, LEAVING ENOUGH to insert the other elastic piece. 
At this step you want to make sure that you have your elastic NOT TWISTED.
Insert your elastic into the fold next to the other sewn elastic and pen. Sew the elastic down with a zig-zag stitch.

When you have finished stitching - trim the bottom of the material as even as you can with the elastic. Be careful to not cut the elastic.
Then sew your opened section closed to secure your elastic in the casing.
NOTE:  The reason that I subtract 1 3/4-2 inches from the measured elastic is that a childs waist is usually straight down and the garment just keeps falling down.  I do this with my own garments.  ELASTIC IS SUPPOSE TO STRETCH to stay on.