Double Fold Bias Tape Tutorial

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Quilting,Tutorials

I used to make my own bias tape with an actual bias tape maker. Now that I know this method, I will NEVER use one of those things again.

Bias tape makers probably have their place, but I found that no matter how precise I tried to be, the finished product was very irregular in width which is kind of a huge problem.

Sisters. Make and use double fold bias tape exclusively from now on. It’s perfectly uniform and SO EASY to make and sew. Here’s how to do it.

bias tape double fold tutorial

1. Cut 3.5″ strips from your binding fabric, sew them into one long piece of tape, and press the seams open.

(I rarely make bias tape actually on the bias.)

bias tape how to make your own double fold

2. Press your 3.5″ strip exactly in half using as much steam as possible.

double fold bias tape tutorial

3. Using a 1/2″ seam, sew the raw edge of the bias tape to the RIGHT SIDE of the raw edge of your quilt all the way around, working those corners until they are perfect.

double fold bias tape making how to tutorial

4. Turn the folded edge of the bias tape back around the raw edge of the quilt and hand stitch to finish. I make sure I’m just covering up the seam I just sewed on the back side.

(This is my Michael Miller Ginger Blossom tumbler quilt that I still haven’t finished! I’m saving the binding for our trip to Oregon in a few weeks. Vacation isn’t vacation without a few craft projects…)

Double fold bias tape gives you a bulkier and more substantial edge, but it’s not harder to sew. It’s so much easier! This is honestly the easiest method I have come across, and I love it every time.

Bias tape/binding/hand sewing in general can be the devil, but I promise this way is the least devilish. Try it and let me know what you think!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathy June 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

Once again thanks for the great tips! Do you only cut on the bias when attaching to something curvy (where you need the bias strip to stretch?) The brown bias looks great on the tumbler quilt!! How fun to save the hand sewing for vacation:)

2 Kelsey June 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Yes, I would use bias for something curvy. Or if I was using a stripe and wanted the stripes to be diagonal. But with a regular rectangular quilt, cutting it on the straight grain is easier and I’ve never had any problems with it. I suppose it comes down to preference…

3 kassi hill August 3, 2011 at 11:01 am

I have always been intimidated to use Bias tape. But I can do this with out wasting money on buying the actual tape or machine. I cant wait to try this out! you are great!!

4 kassi hill August 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

I commented ont he Bias tape post.

5 Gina S. September 7, 2011 at 4:11 am

This is the way i do it too. Less work and turns out great.

6 michelle t November 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

This method of binding a quilt is called “double french binding”….and yes, it’s the easiest way (in my opinion) to make it look “perfect” ;)

7 jules June 18, 2013 at 8:19 am

I need to try this as I am trying to make bassinet bumper liner and hood and it’s my first project baby due any Day! And am panickng hope I get it right or Nannie will be in the bad books :( thank you so muchxxxx

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