Friday, September 30, 2022

Friday Fun Fact: Joining bias strips

It's time to join those bias strips!

Remember last week's fun fact? We showed you how to cut bias strips on the perfect 45 degree true bias. Now you've got a big pile of strips. What to do?

The first step is to join them into one continuous length.

If your ends are selvages or other straight-grain edges, they'll be on that perfect diagonal. Then you'll align them with right sides together and the short diagonal edges lined up.

But REMEMBER! You need to offset those short edges. See the little "ears" hanging off? You NEED those! That means your pieces are lined up at the seamline.

Now draw a line from one inside corner to the other. This is your stitch line.

Okay, all set? Stitch right on your line.

When you press that seam open, you'll have a lovely diagonal seam and perfectly aligned strips!

Okay, but...

What if your strips' ends are irregular, squared, or weird? You don't actually need that angle to set them up properly.

Overlap the strips, right sides together, at a 90 degree angle.

Now draw a line, from one inside corner to the other, just like the example above.

Stitch right on that line you drew!

You can trim the seam allowance down to 1/4" and cut off the "ears" before you press the seams open.

You can see the Friday Fun Fact archive here! There are loads of great tutorials and fun little tidbits! 

Coming soon: how to apply this bias tape!

We'll show you a single-fold method, double-fold method, and our favorite method for elegant necklines!

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