Thursday, October 27, 2011

Printable Bias Tape Maker!

You all know how much I love using cardstock folding templates, right? For a few years now I've been playing with the idea of a cardstock bias tape maker. Whenever I had a project involving bias tape, I would experiment, fail miserably, and scrap the idea. Well, right now I'm working on a Sis Boom pattern that requires picture perfect, 1/2" wide single fold bias tape. I have a metal tape maker that size, but I don't have the patience (or the dexterity) to keep the fabric centered for such small, even folds. So I was forced to revisit my paper folder idea, and I'm pleased to say I came up with something that actually works!

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The free pdf contains instructions for printing and assembling the tape maker. There is some careful cutting involved, but it goes together pretty quickly and can be used over and over again. And if you happen to smash/tear/burn it, simply print another.

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The contraption is optimized for folding 1.125" bias strips in 0.5" wide single fold tape. You can tweak the starting strip width a bit to get slightly wider or narrower tape.

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Here is how it works: The strip is fed into a "slide" that does the folding. The top notch and tabs keep the strip centered, and the "splitter" keeps the outer edges from curling or overlapping. The folded tape is pressed as soon as it comes out of the slide, and it goes under two more tabs to set the folds as they cool.
Why do I feel like I'm narrating an episode of How it's Made?

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The result is flat, evenly folded bias tape. I've found myself making way more than I actually need just because the process is so fun and gratifying!

Download the free printable bias tape maker here.
See this post for more information about cutting bias strips.

103 comments:

LeighAnn said...

That is SO cool!

Mindy said...

You are a GENIUS!

stephres said...

OMG! I love making my own bias tape but never get it the creasing perfectly even and that drives me crazy! You ARE a genius!

Sewing Princess said...

so cool what a useful tool you have created. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Michelle said...

That is so awesome!

Katy Cameron said...

Great idea!

Becky said...

VERY cool! You're so brilliant! The best part is that it's so cheap, and takes up so little space! I may have to give it a try! Thanks!

Lili said...

Brilliant! As soon as I read your post, I thought about reposting it! Hope it helps other people as it is going to help me! Thanks! (btw: I hope reposting is ok! You can find the blogpost here: http://lilimakes.blogspot.com/2011/10/bias-maker-and-other-ingenious.html)

luvinthemommyhood said...

You are a godsend!

pamb said...

I love your analytical mind!!!

Sue said...

Wow! Just, wow!! Saying thanks hardly covers it!

Emily said...

Oh my gosh!!! That is the awesomest idea ever! I'm totally linking to your post. Thank you!!! http://howtodresslikeapioneer.blogspot.com/

Amy said...

Oh my goodness gracious!! You are a GENIUS!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!! WAAAAY better than the safety-pin-on-the-ironing-board trick I usually use. I am so taking the bias tape maker off my Christmas list and using this instead!! xoxo

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

You, my dear, are a frickin' genius.

Suzanne said...

Thank you!!! This is so 'effin brilliant.

S. Franklin said...

Thanks so much for doing this! I'm getting ready to do a project in which I need several yards of bias seam tape. My local fabric store has a bias tape maker (on sale still almost $100) that I'd considered getting, but decided it wasn't worth it! I'll be using this instead!

Ginger said...

Thanks!

Grandma G said...

Thanks so much for this! I can't wait to give it a try! I imagine it could be adjusted for other sizes, too, which would be great.

patsijean said...

Brilliant! I have a couple of bias tape makers in larger sizes and it is difficult to keep the tape even. I shall try this out very soon. Thank you so much.

CaroleM said...

Wonderful!!! I am going to try this very soon.

Lien said...

Thank you for sharing this brilliant idea! lots of luvs from Malaysia!

chris said...

This is fantastic. I am a bias tape junky, and am so excited to try this!

Thank you!

Daughter Fish said...

Love this! I have little patience for the metal tape makers and am excited to try this out! Thanks!

Bricolente said...

Fantastique !! Merci ! Merci pour le partage.

Penny said...

Everyone has said it...you're a genius! Thanks :)

Found you at Pinterest !

Greg and Nancy said...

That is fantastic! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing it! (found via Pinterest)

Natalia said...

Oh my goodness, this is just amazing! You are a TRUE inventor! I sing your praises!

April said...

Awesome! I've been wanting to buy the metal ones but keep forgetting....I only think about it when I need it...kwim! Anyhow, great great idea! Thanks so much for sharing! I use bias tape on just about everything I make, so this will surely come in handy! Thanks again!

April said...

PS Just wanted you to know I shared this link on my FB page....hope that's okay!

Lynda said...

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU! I will use both of your bias maker templates.

Jeanine said...

Genius! Thanks so much for creating and sharing this.

Dawn said...

I am so impressed! Thank you, thank you!

Desi said...

I'm giving this try. I hate making bias tape; it's so darn tedious; maybe this will make it less time consuming. Thanks very much for sharing the template and directions!

Claudia said...

What a superb idea! I am looking forward to my next project that needs bias tape to see how it works! Thank so much for sharing and greetings from Germany

Jamie @ Sew Rockin' said...

This is super helpful, thanks for sharing!

jamie @ sewrockin.com

Nadine said...

This is great! Thank you so much your printables are a great help!!

I will link this to my site:) www.lukacreations.blogspot.com

Thanks again

Nadine

thesleepyknitter said...

Thank you! Love it!

Max said...

Thank you so much! I'm about to give it a go now :)

Anonymous said...

OMG This is incredible!!!
Thank you sew much!!!!
You're a genius, but I already knew that!
designdreamer

Frau Erbse said...

wow, how cool is this? Great idea, I have to try that (although I do have various bias tape makers already :D )

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

brilliant!

Sara Casol said...

You're a wonderful mind, dear! I will link your brilliant idea to my blog www.handquiltingstitches.blogspot.com!!!
Thank you from Italy

Ingrid said...

Wonderful!!!!!!!!
You don't know how much I needed it!
Thanks a lot!
Kisses from Venezuela.

Насте_на said...

Все гениальное - просто! Спасибо большое!!!! Очень нужное приспособление! Возьму себе на вооружение!

Toby Lynn said...

One of the most practical sewing ideas I have found ever. Absolutely fantastic.

Fr34k said...

awesome!

Anonymous said...

TQ.. very7x love it!. I'll this to my blog ;)

judyupnorth said...

Do you by any chance have this set up for 1" bias tape? This is a brilliant idea!

Jenn said...

I just found you via pinterest. This is perfect since we live soooooo far from the city and cant just jump over to pick upo bias tape when the sewing bug bites!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Brekke said...

This is such a time saver! I used for the first time today and I love it. Thanks for the awesome freebee.

Graciela said...

Thanks for the tutorial
kisses for you from Argentina ♥

Gladys said...

Thank you very much for sharing with us! A big hug!

Hannie said...

Thanks for the free pdf. I'll give it a try ;)

Annie said...

This is so amazing!! THANK YOU, I can't wait to try it out!! Bias tape used to be my sewing nemesis because I always had a hard time finding the right width in the right color for the right project, yada, yada, yada. And I'm too cheap to shell out for one of those bias tape makers at the craft store.

Ati Sri said...

thank you so much for this Carla, you are genius...
kisses for you from Indonesia :)

Lanetta said...

Amazingly clever! Thank you for sharing! I'm posting the link straight to the Sewists Group on Facebook and soon to my blog! Must spread your/this method to everyone!

wana wan jalal said...

thanks for sharing.. u're genius and generous

Nanasrcool said...

I found your blog through pinterest. Great blog! Only one problem..I am having a very hard time reading it. The text is in a color that is getting lost in the wall paper. The only way you can see it is if you highlight the page to make it a different color. Just thought you should know.

Thank you for the tutorials!!!

BobbisBargains said...

This is totally, fabulously, wonderfully, marvelously useful and cool. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I just used this - but I blew it up in size for a larger bias tape size.

IT WORKED LIKE MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After using one of the metal bias tape makers years ago, I had sworn I would NEVER make bias tape again. No more! I just made 23 yards of bias tape in about 15-20 minutes. Your invention is a God-send!!!!

Anonymous said...

So cool.

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much !!
Maca

Guinan said...

Awesome!! Thank you soooo much for sharing this!

Nothy Lane said...

This is so cool! I am making super straight bias tape for the first time ever with this wonderful gadget you developed. Thank you!!!! You have to patent this and make plastic ones to sell - you'll be a millionaire!

DJ said...

Seriously Genius!!!! Thank you so much for figuring this out. You are a woman after my own heart jumping in and doing it yourself and you are an angel for sharing! Hugs!

Nancy said...

Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU! I just made the 0.5" bias tape and it worked wonderfully, so excited (even worked better then the store bought one I have). How wonderful of you to figure this out, create it and share it with all your readers!!

Beyond the rabbit hole said...

can this be adjusted to 3/4" size?

pe said...

thanks for sharing!! very nice

Anonymous said...

I have no idea what bias tape is used for but wanted to say how clever your contraption is! You should patent it before someone steals your idea. I read most of the comments saying thank you so clearly the world needs this! Well done you x

DEBORAH said...

I just found this on Pinterest... INGENIOUS!!!

Rosalie Yarn said...

Genial, parabéns pela idéia!

ali naqvi said...

Fabulous idea..i love it!!thanks for share. HOW can i make my own Plastic business cards

Mohnalisa said...

Vielen Dank fuer diesen hilfreichen Tipp. Ich werde es ausprobieren.
Liebe Gruesse
Mohnalisa

biancifiore said...

you're a genius!!!

ali naqvi said...

Its admirable..your work is fantastic..!!!!Plastic card printing

Rebecca Prange said...

your a resourceful genius.
thanks for sharing this, I'll be sure to pass it along on FB.

Mimi said...

Oh my, thank you for this simple tool!!!

bananaorangeapple said...

ooo I love bias binding!

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

love love love this idea ....thankyou for sharing...you could have been a millionare....pb
found you on pinterest

Kathy said...

Patent that. You are brilliant. There is money to be made. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Patent that as someone else stated, before someone else does!!!!

Syble said...

OMG! I am super excited! Do you mind if I say, I love you! I made my first bias tape earlier today, and it was so difficult, I almost decided it was my last. And then I came across your blog... You are simply brilliant. I can wait to try again. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Now this would be fun to make on a 3D printer!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this invention! I also just bought a pattern that calls for 1/2 bias tape, a lot of it!, and I haven't made it yet because of that. I will now though thank you. Oh by the way I also like the glue stick with the "puple" tint. My daughter an I laughed at it and I couldn't resist the tease. I hope I din't offend you. Thank you again and it was so sweet of you to offer this to us free. Vicki

Ginger said...

Bless you, Bless you, Bless you! & Thank you so much! You just made my sewing life sew much easier! I can't afford the expensive machines and who has space for another contraption. But a piece of paper! ?! Of course! I think I love you ;-D!

Angsanlin said...

I just love it and going to make it as soon as possible. Thank you soooooo much!

Hannah America said...

This is amazing. Thank you!

Srta. Lepidóptera said...

Thank you SOOO much!!

Yesterday, after walking for hours, I learned they simply don't sell any kind of bias maker in my country (people didn't even know what I was talking about, even though I showed them a sketch and all).

And today, today I learned about the power of the internet and that there are amazing people like you, who are willing to share with the world...

Again, thank you SO SO much ^^

domestic diva said...

This is brilliant! I'm going to share this with my readers.
Thanks!

SewQuester said...

I love this solution! This is something I always needed. You're a genius!

Anonymous said...

You are BRILLIANT my dear! I live in a foreign country and have no idea where to begin to look for a bias tape maker, you have the solution~ Thank YOU! Teri in Costa Rica

bamba said...

This is amazing! Like Teri above we do not have bias tape makers around here. I made one and posted it in my blog and linked you in it! Thank you!! :)

http://abambalife.blogspot.com/2013/08/on-bias-tape.html

bamba said...

This is amazing! Like Teri above we do not have bias tape makers around here. I made one and posted it in my blog and linked you in it! Thank you!! :)

http://abambalife.blogspot.com/2013/08/on-bias-tape.html

Anonymous said...

You're so awesome genius!!!
lots of love from Indonesia.

Unknown said...

Thank you, this works out so well I could'nt believe it !!
Many thanks from toulouse, France

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! Mind blown! Yep, Patent and productify, I'd rather buy then try and cut it out.

Jamie said...

Very cool. I have a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and am thinking I can convert this so it cuts in the machine. It would be a huge time saver.

Perrine said...

Hello
I talked about your idea on Petit Citron (http://www.petitcitron.com/blog/2011/11/fabriquer-du-biais-pre-plie-sans-appareil/) and lots of people asked for the translation.
Would you mind if I translate it in French on Petit Citron?
Thanks for your answer!
Perrine

Leanne Rain said...

This is fantastic!!! why have I never found it earlier? Leanne @www.suggys.co.uk/Leanne

Anonymous said...

Aren't these bias tape makers? http://www.clover-usa.com/p/bias-tape-makers

I'm new to sewing, so I'm not sure if these do the same thing. But it's only $7.00.

I will learn this bias tape thing.....want to make bag handles. :)

lae said...

If I knew where you lived I would come to your house, bow at your feet and give loads of gratitude over this post! I was able to whip it up in no time at all and got to work on my bias tape! Love how you figured it out and shared it with the world. Thanks so much!

Peter Speers said...

What a fantastic idea!
Thank you!

Rebecca said...

Wonderful invention! Thanks!