Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bias tape - We are starting to be friends

Bias tape. Love it and hate it. Love the clean finish and look, and it's many uses. What I don't like is that when I am trying to do a quick simple project (which bias tape is good for), I end up standing at the ironing board FOREVER making this stuff.

I think every day I come across another giveaway for the Simplicity bias tape maker, entering each one, secretly wishing I will win, because I don't want to spend $70 for another piece of equipment in my (walls are closing in on me) sewing room.

So I finally went out and picked up a couple of these Clover bias tape makers

Let me preface this by saying this is not a tutorial. That would be lame, since the directions are on on the packaging! Just wanted to give you my 2 cents on what I thought!

You have to snip the end of your fabric strip at an angle and use a seam ripper to pull it through. Very easy. Then you just pull the bias tape maker back with the iron following closely.

Yes it was easy. Yes I will use these for now on. And no I do not have one of those pretty ironing board covers made out of designer fabrics. I wish. My board is so beat up, I just draped a piece of fabric over it, to hide the embarrassing site. Thinking about making a cover soon though.

This was fairly quick. I used an old brown t-shirt, and leftover Jessica Levitt fabric I had from Melody's 1st b-day dress.

Anyone one else making friends with bias tape?


  1. I don't know much about sewing...i remember failing my bookbag project in 8th grade home ec : ) Darn it! I just saw your comment over at I heart faces about the color difference with the 50 mm outside on long distances. I think you are right. Your zoom will probably keep the colors brighter. I use my 50 for close ups only. Hope you have an awesome weekend.

    Love, Becky

  2. do you have a size of bias tape maker that you recommend? I also was thinking of getting one but I"m weary of getting to many gadgets!