Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Great Scott. All this bias tape out of only a half yard of fabric. So I started out just wanting about 30 inches or so of bias tape to trim a little baby shower gift I was working on. Then I thought, didn't I see a tutorial once on how to get a lot of bias tape from not a lot of fabric? I just hate cutting across fabric at a 45 degree angle -- all that waste. But I also loathe having to miter bias tape together, which is what you have to do a lot of if you don't cut right across the widest part of your yardage.
So I found this helpful tutorial from The Dread Pirate Rodgers for making bias tape by sewing a parallelogram into a tube and cutting it up. I randomly picked half a yard to work with, because I thought, I hate making bias tape. So what if I had leftovers, that'd be another cute bias trimmed project I could do. And also I avoid doing math at all costs.
I now have 344 (continuous) inches of bias tape.
The whole irony is after sweating through the tutorial (not that it is a bad tutorial, I was just nervous about possibly screwing up some of my favorite fabric) I didn't end up using any of this on the project. Just not enough contrast.
But I highly recommend Dread Pirate Rodgers' ingenius method. Try it for yourself. And look for this bias tape on every project I make for the next few months.