Ever wanted to learn how to make DIY bias binding (also called bias tape)? It’s incredibly useful for professional finishes on such a variety of clothing, especially kids clothing! Well here’s a step by step guide…
First off… TERMINOLOGY
“Bias Binding” vs “Bias Tape” – These are the same thing, however in some parts of the world people call it bias binding (eg UK & NZ), whereas in other parts of the world people call it bias tape (eg USA and parts of Europe). I grew up in NZ and live in the UK so from here on I’ll refer to it as bias binding.
Single fold bias binding – Single-fold bias binding is strips of fabric which are cut on the bias, with each raw edge folded in toward the center (wrong sides together) and pressed.
Single fold bias binding has lots of uses. For example you’ll often find it on professionally stitched garments to cover up raw edges on the inside of armholes and waistbands.
Double fold bias binding – Double-fold bias binding is single fold bias binding that has been folded in half along its centreline.
Most of my patterns that use bias binding call for double fold bias binding.
My favourite use for double fold bias binding in children’s clothing is around any edge of the garment. For example around a hem or around an armhole. It’s fold goes over the raw edge of the garment so it’s totally enclosed once you stitch it on.
Let’s get going… CONSTRUCTION
STEP 1 – Cutting out
||Wash & iron your fabric. Then lay the fabric so the raw edges are horizontal, and the selvedge is vertical.TIP – the raw edges are the edges that will fray if you pick at them. The selvedge edge is the one that won’t fray. It often looks a bit different and sometimes has writing or markings on it. You’ll see in the top right corner of this photo the selvedge for this fabric has the fabric companies logo on it.
||Fold the selvedge edge down to meet the raw edge so it forms a diagonal fold.
||Using a ruler, measure how wide you want the strip and cut it out.When you buy bias binding in stores or online, the width is usually talked about as if it was single fold bias binding. So 1 inch wide bias binding would be 1 inch if it was single fold, or ½ inch if it’s double fold.When you’re cutting out, measure double the finished width you want.EG
– for 1 inch wide single bias binding (or ½ inch wide double fold) cut your strip 2 inches wide.
– for 1 ½ inch wide single bias binding (or ¾ inch wide double fold) cut your strip 3 inches wide.
||Unfold the strip and check you’ve cut your strip the right width.If you are happy with the length of your strip of bias binding, move step 3.1.If you want a longer piece then continue on to step 1.5.
(photo a – keep fabric flat)
(photo b – cutting lines)
||Next use the strip you have just cut as a template for more.Keep your fabric flat (photo a) and lay the strip you’ve just cut on the fabric directly next to the diagonal edge and cut again.Keep moving the strip along and cut as many more as you need. See photo b for how you keep cutting more strips next to each other.
STEP 2 – Stitching several strips together
STEP 3 – Pressing
||With wrong sides together, fold the strip in half lengthwise and press.
||Open the strip back out. Then fold each of the raw edges in to meet the centre fold that you just pressed in step 3.1. Press your new folds.For Single Fold Bias Binding – Press across the whole strip so you press out the fold you made in 3.1. You’ll be left with just the folds you made in this step. It’s now finished.For Double Fold Bias Binding – Continue on to step 3.3
||Fold the bias binding in half again down the centreline you made in step 3.1. Press. Your double fold bias binding is now finished.
Congratulations, your bias binding is finished and ready to use! Enjoy.
Oooh yay! Another two patterns updated and all snazzy & new 🙂
This time it’s the Emily dress and the Abigail tunic top. They used to be hand-drawn but are now all digital, crisp, clear and beautiful. They’ve been tested, adjusted and edited to within an inch of their lives. And are now ready!
Sooooo if you’d like to try them, you can get them on sale for only $4.50 each for the next 24 hours. Horrays!
The Emily dress 0-24 months
The Emily dress 2-12 years
The Abigail tunic top 0-24 months
The Abigail tunic top 2-12 years
PS… if you’d like to test the new upcoming patterns I’ve got coming out, make sure to join our facebook group to get notifications of the testing calls:https://www.facebook.com/groups/mummykinsandme/
I took my little ones to a fancy dress party recently. My son picked both of their outfits. He ended up going as a dinosaur (more on that in a future pattern release!) and firmly dictated that my daughter definitely HAD to be a fairy. Half a roll of tulle later & a few accessories and she was indeed a fairy.
It was such a quick & easy make. In fact I’ve now made several tulle tutus, including one for her first birthday photoshoot which ended up COVERED in chocolate cake (see below).
However I must admit I really struggled to find a tutorial somewhere which included the measurements for how much tulle I would need. So I worked it all out and made one. It’s going to be a free tutorial but nevertheless I’d still like to see what you all think…
And on that note, who would like to test it?!
Tester call here – http://bit.ly/1gBNm6T
You don’t need any sewing experience (or even a sewing machine). Just some tulle, a ribbon, measuring tape and your scissors.
I’m SO excited to announce that The Alice dress pattern is now all new and completely digitised!
The pattern used to be (lovingly but slightly wobbly!) hand-drawn. It’s now all digital and includes a one-page quick-glance cheat-sheet of instructions, ability to print in black & white or colour, and takes way less pages and ink to print! Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!
If you’ve purchased The Alice in the past, please send me a message with your Etsy, Craftsy or paypal receipt number and I will send you the link to download the updated version again for free.
If you haven’t bought it before, check it out and get one now!
Comments from testers:
“Lovely pattern, easy to print and assemble. It’s a great pattern for those just starting out in sewing” – Jenny Rowe
“It’s worthwhile making, two dresses in one! Photos were clear and easy to follow. They fit well with room for growth.” – Emma Newbrook
“I’m happy and kids love them!” – Michelle Brooksbank
“Can’t wait to make another one!” – Clare Humpries
“I liked the trimming of the stitching along the straps. I haven’t seen it done this way before – usually it’s notching and clipping and that takes a lot longer and doesn’t turn out as neatly. All steps were clearly explained with a photo to match.” – Shannyn Pool
“Go for it! It’s easy and sews up pretty quickly. It was my first attempt at a lined dress so the whole pattern was just fabulous” – Jane Lavelle
After the excitement of getting a Craftsy top 10 sewing pattern last week with the reversible A-line for babies, I thought I’d best update it for sizes 2-12 as well! So here it is in all it’s glory…
This PDF Reversible A-line Girls Dress Pattern will teach you how to make a perfect a-line dress for a girl or toddler sizes 2-12 years.
A very simple, easy to sew pattern, it’s suitable from beginner sewing level. It’s completely reversible with buttons on both sides of the shoulders so it can be worn either way. You can also substitute snaps for the buttons if you’d rather not do the buttonholes. It also has plenty of room for embroidery, appliqué or decoration on the front or back.
Available now at http://rebecca-page.com/product/reversible-a-line-girls-dress-pattern.
Horrays!! I woke up this morning and thought I’d have a little check how Mummykins and Me got on overnight… and saw we had a Craftsy top 10 best selling pattern!
It’s our very own Reversible A-line Dress.
Whoop whoop. I cannot tell you how much this totally MADE my day. Yayness 🙂
New baby sewing pattern out today!
This open back a-line dress sewing pattern will give you an adorable little dress for your baby girl or toddler sizes 0-24 months.
A very simple, easy to sew pattern, it’s suitable from beginner sewing level. The back is open so it needs to be worn over a diaper cover, bloomers or shorts. It ties at the back with fabric ties and has ruffles along the centre back seams and hem. It is fully reversible so you can pick two fabrics you like and change it every time your little girl wears it!
To see more details go to http://rebecca-page.com/product/lucy-open-back-line-dress-sewing-pattern/
I just love the new “Ella” pattern. Totally too cute! I had my favourite little model in to try it on and boy she looked a-dor-able.
The Ella is a baby skirt pattern with built in diaper cover. Can be worn with cloth diapers, reusables or disposable nappies. Just sew one size up if your child wears reusable ones.
Our online shop is now live! Our first one – a girls shorts pattern is available to buy. This PDF sewing pattern will teach you how to make a pair of baby girls shorts with ribbon detail aged 0-24 months.
The shorts have an elastic casing hidden inside the shorts to gather the waist and legs. The ribbon is attached on the outside with belt loops. Designed to be an easy fit, your little girl will be able to play until their hearts content!
With colour step-by-step photographs and detailed instructions it is suitable for every sewer from beginner to advanced. The sewing pattern can be printed as many times as you like so you can make a whole range of shorts in different fabrics if you wish to.
All the seams are cleverly designed to be self-finishing. This means all the raw edges are neatly tucked away out of sight. No overlocking or serging required… and no fraying fabric for little hands to pick at!
To see more information go to: http://rebecca-page.com/product/baby-girls-shorts-pattern-gathering-ribbon-detail-ages-0-24-months/