My Adventures in Sewing

Bias Tape…..Friend or Foe?

Posted on: December 8, 2010

Over the weekend I completed another apron for my youngest daughter.  I guess you could call it a smock as it wears like a hospital gown.  It was quite a simple project that came together quickly… until the bias tape.  This was my first time working with bias tape.  How hard could it be, right?  The first section I finished off was a piece of cake!  I was really excited at how easy it was and how polished my project looked.  As I read the directions (that is a post in itself) I was to take one long piece of tape and “outline” the entire apron with this piece.  Things were moving right along when I hit my first speed bump.  There was a major S-curve in the project and I couldn’t quite get the bias tape to mold and fit the shape.  I kept working and working with the tape and finally got things matched up to my liking.  I began sewing the tape to my project and felt I was doing a good job.  I picked up my finished project for final inspection and found a few places on the S-curve didn’t get sewn into the tape, thus leaving me with a hole (if that makes any sense).  A little stitch-witchery and the hole was fixed 🙂  A few more speedbumps and my project was complete. 

Overall I enjoyed this project.  I have not sworn off bias tape. 🙂  In fact, now that I have used it, I feel more prepared for my next bias tape project.  I am finding that the best lessons learned are from mistakes made along the way.

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2 Responses to "Bias Tape…..Friend or Foe?"

Nice job coming up with a DIY solution! I found these bibs at Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70179754
and those have been our solution for now, but since my daughter is outgrowing them I may have to try your approach and make my own in a bigger size.
Bias tape can be so tricky but it can create such nice finishes too. I generally pin the heck out of it, especially on curves or corners otherwise I often get just those holes you described. Zig-zag stitch helps too, if you like that look, since that guarantees a wider area of fabric captured in the seam. 🙂

Thank you for the link 🙂

I’ll have to try the zig-zag approach for my next bias tape project. I’m going to make the same apron again, however, I think I’m going to try to sandwich the material between two pieces of vinyl (for easier clean up).

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