Simple steps to bias tape with UNIQUE Bias Tape Maker! by Tania Denyer December 10, 2019 written by Tania Denyer December 10, 2019 1K Yesterday I explored the wonderful world of bias tape applique! I hope you were inspired 🙂 Today, I’ll go through how to make bias tape step by step, with some tips and tricks I learned as I go along. Let’s make some noodles! material for creating bias tape iron ironing surface pins fabric, cut into required width patience Cut fabrics into the correct width for the bias tape maker you’re using. I chose to cut fabric on the bias but it’s not strictly necessary. The more wavy lines in your design, the more you want to call on the fabric to move, this is where a bias cut tape will help. I used the 9mm size UNIQUE Bias Maker. I cut my strips into ¾” lengths. Test the first cut strip before making more to make sure it’s the right width. You may also piece your lengths into one continuous strip but I found the joining seams do not move easily through the bias maker and can cause some frustration so if this process is new to you, eliminate that step. Noodle fabric cut into ¾” bias strips With all the UNIQUE Bias Makers, the instructions are on the packaging but the steps following have extra hints and tips I’ve learned. Cut ¾” strips on the bias (for the 9mm size bias maker) Cut the end of the bias strip at an angle to feed through the bias maker Use a hot iron Using a seam ripper or stiletto push the cut fabric through until the end pokes out Gently pull the edge through, about ½”, this may take some adjusting to get the fold just right, be patient Iron the starting end Pin end to ironing surface Continue pressing letting the iron tip push the bias tape maker It helps to pull slightly on the fabric strip as it enters the bias maker, the tension on the fabric strip helps to create a crisp fold Press the entire length of the strip Roll the bias tape to keep the fold if not using right away Pull the fabric through about ½” to 1″ to get the folding action started Pin the pressed end of the bias tape to ironing surface Keep fabric strip taut as it moves through the bias maker Make a variety of colors and sizes for your project and as you make more, the process will become easier. You can roll your bias tape if you wish, I find it keeps its fold longer if I’m not appliqueing it straight away. Keep bias tape rolled if not using it right away Tomorrow I’ll show how to transfer the design to the background fabric and how to sew the bias tape applique made with UNIQUE Bias Maker to avoid the common pitfalls of excess waves or puckering. Closer to Noodle Heaven! Below is the free template for the zany noodles banner. Download it in preparation for tomorrow’s applique steps. Click to download PDF Pattern This is part 2 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 1: Brilliant bias tape creations with UNIQUE Bias Maker Go to part 3: How to draw with bias binding strips on your quilts Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs289Bias Tape Makersfree patternsheatnbondnotionsuniquewallhangings FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Tania Denyer Tania has been a quilty creator for over 20 years. She loves to make quirky quilts ranging from a bowl of ramen to a Christmas turkey or a fruitcake. She has not yet found a subject that she wouldn't like to see rendered as a quilt. Her current focus is on food quilts and her work has been featured in magazines such as Cottage Life, Make Modern, Gastro Obscura and SBS (a food network in Australia). Her creative interests also include illustration, painting, and crocheting. There is nothing she likes better than to try something new. Tania believes curiosity in all things is key to a creative life. previous post Brilliant bias tape creations with UNIQUE Bias Maker next post How to draw with bias binding strips on your quilts YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The trick to quilting for texture | Double... Create texture with thread painting and invisible thread... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.