How to Use a Bias Tape Maker to DIY Your Own Bias Tape

If you're a quilter or sewist, you've probably come across bias tape before. And while it's commonly used for quilt binding , there are a ton of ways you can incorporate bias tape into any project . The best part, though, may be just how easy it is to make yourself.

DIY Bias Tape

Level: Easy

What You Need

Pro Tip

This tutorial is for single fold bias tape. To make double fold, you need to iron the fabric in half one more time.


1. Prep Your Fabric

Generously spray your fabric with starch and press until dry. This will stiffen your fabric and make it easier to pull through the bias tape maker.

2. Cut

Fold your fabric on the 45-degree diagonal and trim off the folded edge, using a ruler as a guide. Use your ruler to measure the width of your bias tape from the cut edge and cut from one end of the fabric to the other.

You'll now have lots of fabrics strips of varying lengths.

Good to Know

This method is ideal for cutting bias tape from fabric that's less than two yards. To see how to cut bias tape from larger pieces of fabric, check out our class, Modern Quilts With Bias Tape Appliqué.

3. Join the Strips

Criss-cross two strips, right sides together, at a 90-degree angle. The tail should come off the left side of your machine. Stitch the two strips together on the overlap, from the top left to the bottom right.

Pro Tip

To make your stitching easier, place a piece of masking tape or washi tape on your machine to use as a guide. Tape it down the bed of your machine, with the right edge aligned with the center needle position. The overlapped strips will create a little V at the bottom — keep this aligned with the tape for straight stitches.

Repeat this step until all your strips are joined.

4. Trim

Cut off the excess fabric, ¼" from your seams.

5. Fold and Press

Insert your fabric into the slot of your bias tape maker and feed it through for a few inches. The fabric will come out the narrow end and be folded on both sides.

Pro Tip

If your fabric gets stuck in your bias maker, insert a toothpick or pin in the top slot of the tool and gently pull the fabric through.

As the fabric is folded, press it into place with an iron. Keep moving the fabric through the bias tape maker bit by bit, pressing the folded end as you work. Both edges of the fold should meet in the center, but there will be some irregularity — it just happens.

Now you have DIY bias tape to use in your next project!

Pro Tip

If you don't have a bias tape maker handy, learn how to DIY bias tape without one .

Learn More Now

Get more tips on making bias tape (and how to use 'em for gorgeous quilts) in our class, Modern Quilts With Bias Tape Appliqué.

Latifah begins by showing you how to cut fabric into bias strips, join them together and trim them. You'll use your iron and a bias tape maker to create perfectly folded strips that are ready to appliqué to a background fabric or block.

April 03, 2020
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