When I made my 4th of July Table Runner, I searched for a good tutorial for how to use my sewing machine to bind the edges using bias tape and leaving the edges square, but I really didn't come across a tutorial that covered it all, and I had to piece the information together from multiple sources and modify it to fit my project. Here's what I figured out:
Before applying your bias tape, cut away any extra seam allowances, thread, or jagged edges you may have. You need a nice smooth edge to start. I used my Gingher Rotary Cutter, cutting mat and ruler to get a nice straight, clean edge. I love Gingher products! I would not have even attempted this project without my rotary cutter. It's like a pizza cutter on steroids!
|Make sure the raw edge of your project is neat and straight.|
|I used 1/2" Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape.|
With your bias tape unfolded, pin it with the narrower side facing your edge on the "right" side of your fabric. Align the bias tape up with the very edge of your fabric. Leave about 1/2" of bias tape hanging over the end of the fabric. You will fold this in to create the squared off corner. Pin the bias tape to your fabric on second fold from the edge. With the bias tape still unfolded, you will sew a seam straight down the first fold. This seam will not be visible on your final project.
|Your bias tape will fold itself back up after you pin it, so you will need to use your hands to open it up as you feed it through your sewing machine.|
|This is what your folded in corner should;d look like before you sew.|
|Start at your folded corner and stitch through all layers of your project |
(front of bias tape, project material, back of bias tape).
|Use your hand to make sure the bias tape is right against the edge of your unfinished edge on both the top and bottom and feeding through the machine smoothly.|
Neatly, fold your short side corners in and press or pin to hold them in place before sewing. This will be your exposed corner and you should not have any fabric showing at the corner at this point.
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