Last week I shared my nifty new tool – a bias tape maker. I didn’t really think about including the directions on how to cut bias tape fabric. But after a few comments and emails, I heard you loud & clear – you wanted a detailed tutorial on how I cut the fabric. I’ll do my best – but if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments section & I’ll answer them there.
You’ll need: fabric (at least 1 yd), a yard stick, a fabric marking pen, and scissors or a rotary cutter. If you use a rotary cutter you’ll also need a cutting board. To keep things simple I used scissors (because we all have those, right?) Alrighty then… let’s get started!
Start by measuring from each corner 12 inches in each direction. This is where my high school geometry came in handy. Since the corner is a 90 degree corner, if you make both sides the same length, then you get a 45 degree angle. After you mark 12 inches from the corner on each side, then line up the marks and draw your line.
After you have the first line, measure over two inches (or whatever width you need) from that line (away from the corner you started with, and make another line. Do it as many times as you need to get your length. Cut on the lines with scissors or a rotary cutter – either works great as long as you are precise.
Now you’ve got all your strips – yay! Join all of them into one long strip (or two shorter ones, whatever you need), but placing them right sides together in a V pattern. It looks wrong until you stitch it up on your sewing machine.
Now know how to cut bias tape! Pretty simple, but it can really finish off a project beautifully. Oh! And, you can use the same cutting method to cut strips to use for piping, just omit the machine 🙂