I decided on a new project. I wanted to learn how to make my own bias tape. I have visions of placemats, potholders and other sewing goals this year. I had thought about it for awhile so when I received a Joanne’s gift card for Christmas, I ventured outside my warm cocoon and headed out to buy a bias tape maker.
I watched a multitude of YouTube videos trying to decide what I needed and which was the best method. I finally made a decision and this is what I came up with.
I first assembled my tools.
4 fat quarters (on sale for 99 cents each) a 3/4 inch bias tool (at 40% off it was only $5.99) a new blade for my rotary cutter (another 40% off score) and using my 15% off total purchase coupon I checked out and headed home.
I pulled out the iron, ironing board, and cutting mat. My brother is staying with us for a while so I moved my tools to the dining room table (since my sewing room doubles as a guest room). Now that my mess from Christmas is cleaned up, I now have sewing stuff all over the dining room. (I don’t mind. I love having him here!)
The size of my tool is 3/4 inches so I needed to cut 1 1/4 inch strips of fabric-on the bias. The video that helped the most was by Made Everyday with Dana. In fact, she was so clear and articulate that I even subscribed to her channel. She did not spend extra time with useless information or trying to fill space and no irritating music in the background. I did have to watch the video a few times to get it but it was actually pretty easy. She also has some other fabulous ideas I want to watch.
The first thing I found out is that you have to be very accurate in your cutting. This is probably why I do not quilt because I sometimes have trouble with this aspect of sewing. (I seem to be only fairly accurate). There was a small learning curve but I soon got the hang of it.
It was really as simple as threading the strips through the bias maker
and following with an iron.
Before I knew it I had some cute bias tape!
This was a fun little project to start the new year!