While sewing a quilt or a bib, or the edge of any clothing, you might have been suggested to sew the sides with a bias tape. What is Bias Tape though? It’s a kind of tape that can stretch and can be sewed sideways. It comes in vibrant colors with various designs. The colors make them so beautiful that you can even use them to design your dresses.
Looks great! Bias tapes are also categorized in different tapes. It’s beneficial to use for different purposes. However, mostly it is used to neaten and trim the edges of anything. In this article, we’ll discuss what is bias tape and how does it work. We’ll try to provide as much as information possible regarding bias tapes so that you can make the highest use of it, the next time you buy one.
So, here it goes:
Table of Contents
- What is Bias Tape?
- Why should We Use Bias Tapes?
- How Do Bias Tapes Help in Binding?
- Types of Bias Tapes
- Single Fold Bias Tape
- Double Fold Bias Tape
- Fusible Bias Tape
- Blanket Tape
- Continuous Bias Tape
- DIY Bias Tape
What is Bias Tape?
Bias tape is a strip of fabric that is 45-degrees in length to the strip. It is a narrow fabric that is stretchier and more fluid than a strip cut on the grain. Combining many pieces, you can get a long tape that carries about ½” to about 3” depending on its type. It is very useful for rotary cutting.
If you think bias tape is hard to sew, you’re probably wrong. Anyone with straight line sewing skills can easily incorporate the fabric right on the clothing he or she intends to.
Why should We Use Bias Tapes?
Bias tapes are used mainly to enclose any raw edge of a fabric. You’ll find many cloths without any laces in the edge. The loose trims can come off and if you don’t bind them, your cloth can get ruined. However, you can also use bias tapes as decorative measures. You can lace up your dress or a bedsheet or whatever you want with colorful bias tapes. So, these tapes are beneficial in use and also fashionable.
How Do Bias Tapes Help in Binding?
For a perfect decorative edge, bias tapes are the best. They can be easily fold and bend around the curve without causing any obstacle. Other tapes are just too straight-grained. They do not curve without kinks and warping.
To wrap around the edges of a quilt or a dress, bias tapes always become handy. You can get pretty creative with these tapes by using different designs and shapes of the laces. Use a matching or contrasting fabric to make the binding look more beautiful.
Types of Bias Tapes
Bias tapes come in various sizes and shapes. You’ll find five common types available in the market. However, if you think you’re skillful enough to make your own, you can have some DIYs too! So, let’s see how the different types look like:
Single Fold Bias Tape
If you see the strips of fabric are cut on the bias and folded on each edge to the middle, you’ll understand it’s a single fold bias tape. This tape is used for covering the neat shortage wound around. You’ll find this tape commonly as ½ inch in width. So, it’s best suitable for necklines and armholes finishing.
Double Fold Bias Tape
Double fold bias tapes are folded just like the single folded ones. The difference remains in the half fold at the end that makes the wrapping easier. These tapes are slightly wider than the single folded ones. The size of a double folded bias tape in ½ inch followed by a ¼ inch narrow shape. It’s often used to seam the bias bounds.
Fusible Bias Tape
This bias tape is comparatively easy to use. You don’t need any sewing or pinning in this case. The tape has adhesive on one side. You can wrap the tape over the edge and just iron it. The tape will get compressed to the cloth easily. If you’re still uncomfortable with the finish, you can use a single or double-fold bias tape to lock the edges more tightly.
Do you want to make your blankets fancier? Blanket tape is the solution! With a lovely satin finish you can seam the edges of your blankets and make them pretty. You can even sew these tapes on cozy fabrics to give them a plushier look. However, these tapes can be tricky to sew. Try to reduce the stitch tension so that it gets convenient in puckering.
Continuous Bias Tape
This type of bias tape is a bit of a challenge but completely worth it. These tapes have less piecing together. The fabric is sewed into a tube and then cut to make a continuous strip of fabric. It gives a tape like structure. You can also press a continuous bias tape into a single-fold or double-fold bias tape if you want. Always watch out for your requirements.
DIY Bias Tape
Not interested in buying bias tapes? Or, you think the shop-bought bias tapes are just too plain for your taste? Well, you can create your own bias tape at home! With colorful fabrics and exotic designs, you can actually be creative with these tapes.
You can create your own size and type or you can just simply replicate a shop-bought tape with your favorite fabric. However, make sure you cover the edges properly. For that you’ll need a proper width to maintain. It’s better if you trial your tape with a pin first and see if the amount of fabric is enough.
So, now you know what is bias tape, making a DIY bias tape isn’t that hard. You’ll get tons of guidelines on how to do it on the internet. With that being said, we wish you happy sewing with your bias tape!