Thursday, November 3, 2011

Double or nothing

Your comments on the 0.5" wide single-fold bias tape maker made me so happy, I just had to follow up with a 1" wide single-fold bias tape maker! The great thing about 1" single-fold bias tape is that it is but 1 fold away from being 0.5" wide double-fold bias tape, which is incredibly useful for binding and finishing edges.

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It works exactly like the 0.5" tape maker, I just widened the appropriate parts. It took some tweaking, but once I got it optimized it went together quickly since the instructions were essentially the same. Now I'm going to take the laziness a step further and recycle some blog content :) . 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 1.875" bias strips into 1" 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.
Now I'm hearing the How it's Made music in my head AGAIN!

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The result is 1" wide tape with folds that are a bit over 1/4" wide (just like purchased tape of this size).


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I played a bit with a single-fold to double-fold tape maker, but honestly, the easiest thing is to fold the 1" tape in half lengthwise and press to make 0.5" wide double-fold bias tape. You can make the folded edges flush, or leave a bit of an overhang for single step application (described by Angry Chicken in this video).


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Now that I have an easy, foolproof way to make double-fold bias tape, I'm going to have to knock out a bunch of Betsey Aprons for the holidays!

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

43 comments:

Emily said...

You are seriously awesome. THANK. YOU.

Grandma G said...

Thanks again! Now I won't have to figure out how to adjust your first pattern by myself! :)

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful. Thank you so much.

Jen said...

SQUEEEEE! Thank you. This is the size I use for most quilts.

Scarlett Burroughs said...

What a neat gadget Carla. Binding is not something I enjoy making for my quilts, so cannot wait to give your way a try. I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
http://quilting.craftgossip.com/?p=12820

Warmly,
Scarlett Burroughs
Quilting Editor, Craft Gossip
http://quilting.craftgossip.com/

bbvp said...

Simply genius! Thanks for sharing!

Stacie Grissom said...

Oh my gosh! Thank you so much! This is FANTASTIC!!! I am pinning it right now. :) I can't wait to show my mom!

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JAD said...

This is brilliant! Thanks so much!

superstitches said...

This is so awesome.

Rashmi said...

OH this is BRILLIANT! I am unable to get a bias tape maker in India and purchasing it from the US is nonviable due to shipping costs. This is just perfect
Thanks

petiterepublic said...

Wow, i wish i found your blog earlier! I just spend over 5 bucks buying a bias tape maker.but this is aweso,e. i can make other siZes for free! Tank you!

Carolina Nightingale said...

MY HERO!!! YAY for brillaint Scientists/crafters/mommies/bloggtastic folk who share their insights, crafts, and creations with the world. Many happy blessings to you!!!

Corey Marie said...

amazing. well done!

Melanie said...

This. Is. AWESOME! Making one tomorrow, yes I am!

Galatina said...

This is fantastic. Thank you so much.

Vintage Grrl said...

This is seriously awesome!

Karen said...

Thanks! This is great!

Miss Mary said...

WOW!! Just wow! You rock - thank you...

Erin said...

I LOVE this. I actually wrote it up on my blog here: E.C.B. (Especially Creative Broad) I tried the metal bias tape makers too, and had just given up on being able to make bias tape easily. Thank you so much!!

Christina said...

Thank you so, so much for these bias tape makers!!!! I have only on a few occasions made my own, the "traditional way", because it just is so tedious. I was directed here from Craft Gossip, and my mind was absolutely blown away!

The reason I finally took time to thank you (oops!) is that today I found a link to this from Craft Gossip: http://www.aestheticnest.com/2011/11/sewing-how-to-make-bias-tube-tape.html
Ooh... combining the tube bias tape method with your bias tape maker... holy moly, I'm going to make bias tape!!!! (And I thought you might appreciate the scientific method in it, too... sure hit my little scientist in me :)

randomcreativity said...

thank you so much for sharing this!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

YAY! I am sooooo excited about this and can't wait to send my readers over! Thank-you SO much for sharing this!

Βάσω Τσιρτσίκου said...

this is just GREAT!!!
I follow you!..

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kathy said...

OMG, you are brilliant!

Susan said...

May we please now have one for 1/4" tape? My attempts have been so sad and pathetic...and I would like to choose my own for binding things.

tane said...

wow!
Thank you for sharing!

careli said...

hello it's fantastic
I love this idea, thank you very much !!!

Elegantpaws said...

That's fantastic, thank you for such a great idea! I love the look of bias binding the compliments the main fabric.

kmyk said...

I agree with Emily, YOU ARE SERIOUSLY AWESOME. I knew there was a reason I kept staring at bias tape makers at stores and shaking my head at the prices. This totally makes my week. Thanks!

Arremate atelier said...

Genial!
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Genial!
Thank you.

The Marshall's said...

I used a heavy card stock. It seemed to hold the cut areas better. I used a "exacto-knife". Hope this helps.

Lauriequinn said...

I just stumbled across this and may I say. "THANK YOU!!!!" You just cut down my bias tape time by soooo much!

starsapphire said...

thank you so much, very help nice

Anonymous said...

Merci beaucoup pour ce partage, c'est génial!

Charlotte Blakey said...

Fantastic, was thinking of buying a tape maker now I don't have to! this is genius you should patent this idea!

anshu said...

I tried it today, and I'm hooked. How very innovative. Thank you so much

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LA said...

Thank you! I have successfully used the .5 in bias tape maker and was going to try and make my own for a 1 in. But low and behold...here it is! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Well, that's funny! I found your .5 inch bias tape maker and needed 1" so I made my own using the .5" as a template. And then today I come back to comment and I notice this one. Woot! Actually I'm glad I made my own since I recycled a cereal box to do so. I just measured out the channels with a ruler and pencil, and it looks similar to yours (but a little smaller). Thanks again for the great idea!

Cindy said...

I found this website through Pinterest and would love to say a big Thank You! I used this to make my very own bias tape and love it!

Anonymous said...

Oh, thank you for taking the time to put this together-and to offer it for free. You're too kind. I'm going to love making my own bias tape. Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so very much for this genius tutorial :D Greetings from Germany!!

Julie from Iowa said...

I can't tell you how many hours I have SLAVED over a hot iron making my own bias tapes - THIS is the BOMB!! I made yards and yards of bias tape in minutes!! Thank you for all your ingenuity, the time you took to make this and the willingness to share it! Thank you a million times! (Now I have to invest in a rolling cutter!)
Have a fantastic day!