Fat Quarter Bias Tape

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This weeks tutorial is Fat Quarter Bias Tape:

Bias tape is used in making piping, binding seams, finishing raw edges, etc. It is often used on the edges of quilts, placemats, and bibs, around armhole and neckline edges instead of a facing, and as a simple strap or tie for casual bags or clothing. 

With just one fat quarter you can make 5 yards of Bias Tape. It is simple and easy to make. So here we go...

We will be using the entire FQ with little to no waste. Choose a FQ that has a small print, so that it is visible once folded and added to your project. 

(Step 1)
Square off the edges of your fat quarter

(Step 2)
Fold down the top right corner and press this crease to create visible line.

(Step 3)
Cut along the crease creating two separate pieces like so..

(Step 4)
Move right piece over to the left.

(Step 5)
Place pieces right sides together and sew 1/4 in seam allowance

(Step 6)
Press open seam

(Step 7)
Using a ruler, draw lines that are 1 3/4" apart.
 (This will make a 1" single fold or 1/2" double fold bias tape)

(Step 8)
Cut along lines to create 8 parallel strips. Cut any excess fabric so all strips measure 1 3/4"

(Step 9)
Pin strips right sides together. You want a little fabric hanging on the edges. Sew 1/4" seam. 

Trim off points

(Step 10)
Sew all stripes together and press open seams. You should now have something like this

(Step 11)
Fold about 1/4" seam on both sides and iron. 

(Don't judge my dirty ironing board lol)

If you have a bias tape maker like this, it will make this process a lot easier. 
                                                    (Photo Taken from oliverands.com)

To make double fold bias tape, fold in half lengthwise and iron again. 

I used a piece of cardstock folded in half to wrap my bias tape on and store. They also have nifty little plastic holders you can use if you prefer. This was just easy and free for me :)

Making bias tape is easy and super cheap. I can't wait to use this adorable print and all others from Backyard Roses.

Check back next week for adorable applique quilt block with out May Box Backyard Roses. 

Have a great weekend!!!

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