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How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

I’m going to show you an easy method for how to sew bias tape around corners (also known as mitered corners) *without* cutting or pinning it all around first. Sewing bias tape around corners can be a little intimidating but I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeves to help you sew really nice, hassle-free professional mitered corners with your bias tape. Oh yeah, oh yeah, crisp and clean corners!

For newbies, bias tape is that lovely folded edging material that finishes seams on aprons, oven mitts, baby bibs, placemats and a ton more. You can either buy bias tape by the package (get the double fold kind to start) or make your own custom bias tape using the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker like I do. {super cute custom bias tape alert below!}

How to sew bias tape with mitered corners tutorial

Now I admit that I’ve sometimes, ahem, rounded off my corners to avoid sewing around corners with bias tape (exhibit A: my free apron pattern with secret iPhone pocket, yeah, guilty). But let’s all buck up and give bias tape corners a chance. See how pretty they are edging this dog bed?

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

My method is crazy easy. There’s no need to measure and cut your bias tape at the beginning (you cut it at the end …simply ensure before you start that you’ll roughly have enough bias tape to make it around plus some room for the corners), and there’s also no need to pin it all around — you can pin (or not pin) as you sew each straight edge. My easy step-by-step tutorial for how to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners starts below…

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Supplies for sewing bias tape around corners to make mitered corners:

Please post a comment and let me know how this bias tape corners sewing tutorial works for you. And share your own bias tape project photos at the MerrimentDesign.com Facebook page, “I made it!” flickr photo gallery or tweet a picture to @merrimentdesign.

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OK first, let’s get the bias tape started. Pick a straight raw edge; I chose the lower right side of my playdough mat. Fold the folded edge of the bias tape down towards your raw edge to make a triangle and pin.

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

Now start sewing your bias tape onto your fabric by stitching in the bias tape fold that’s closest to the raw edge. You can do this without pins if you’re confident, or you can pin it, or just use barrettes like I tend to do on oil canvas, oil cloth, laminated cotton and PUL fabric.

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

OK, so here we are now approaching a corner so slow down. You’re going to want to stop a little bit short of the corner itself. Specifically, you’ll stop sewing when you’re the same distance as you’ve been sewing along your bias tape (which depends on the width of your bias tape). In other words, if your stitch line is at 1/2″ then stop 1/2″ before you reach the end of the corner, backstitch, and cut your thread.

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

Fold the bias tape to the right, lining up the lower raw edge of the bias tape with the raw edge of your fabric edge. It will make a triangle on the corner. The top edge of your triangle (which is the bias tape’s folded edge) should be perpendicular to the stitched edge that you just sewed. Press the bias tape down with your fingers and make sure the triangle looks nice and straight. (Now you can see why there’s no need to pin down the entire bias tape — I think it’s just easier to pin one side at a time when sewing bias tape mitered corners).

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

Carefully fold the bias tape back to the left, folding the bias tape edge so it lines up with the fabric edge (on the right in the photo below), and making extra sure to keep your bias tape triangle intact underneath. Line up the bias tape edge with the raw edge of your unsewn raw fabric edge (the bottom edge in the photo below) and either pin or use a barrette. Now start sewing the bias tape edge to your fabric again along the bias tape fold (again, mine was 1/2″ from the raw edge) and you’re off again along a straight edge.

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

Repeat all of this when you reach the next corner, and the next corner, and the next corner. When you circle back to approach the beginning again, you’re going to want to overlap your bias tape a couple inches and backstitch.

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered tutorial

Now cut your bias tape. You can see again why I don’t need to cut my bias tape until the end, and how I can pin as I go instead of worrying about getting it right before starting. Saves a lot of headache …that is, as long as you’re sure you have enough bias tape to make it around your project.

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

Now turn the folded bias tape edge over your raw edge to the back. I used no-slip grip rubber dot fabric on the back of my playdough mat so you can see that below. Be sure to pull the bias tape tightly so that the bias tape on the back will catch when you sew it from the front. Pin or use a barrette to hold. See how the corner is making a little folded triangle on the end?

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

Now turn the left side of the bias tape over the fabric making sure to keep that little triangle tucked inside. Looking like a corner, yes? You can iron here if you like – I tend to just finger press it down.

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

Here’s what it looks like from the front. Hey, nice mitered bias tape corners…

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

Now all you need to do is sew close to the edge to secure the bias tape on the backside, making sure to catch the bias tape on the back when you sew. Now some people like to stitch in the ditch here (which basically is stitching in the seam between the bias tape and your fabric, which essentially hides the stitching on the front while catching the bias tape on the back). Personally, I kind of like the topstitched look on the bias tape but this is totally up to you.

How to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners tutorial

So let me know if this no-measure, no-pin-up-front method is helpful! Bring on the bias tape…

Did you make it? Please post a comment and let me know how this bias tape corners sewing tutorial works for you. And share your own bias tape project photos at the MerrimentDesign.com Facebook page, “I made it!” flickr photo gallery or tweet a picture to @merrimentdesign.

COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use this how to step-by-step tutorial for your own personal use. Contact me for any commercial use – this includes etsy sellers.

 
 




24 Responses to “How to sew bias tape with mitered corners”


  1. Aislinn Says:

    Brilliant! Clear instructions, fabulous pictures. This is the best tutorial for this technique I have ever seen. Thank you so much.

  2. Cat Says:

    awesome! That has just worked so well… Many thanks! Cat

  3. Sue Says:

    Many thanks for these instructions Kathy. I am using your guide to finish ‘bunny rugs’ (I think you might call them ‘receiving blankets, for new babies?) and they are turing out really well. It’s great having the photos and they make your instructions very clear.

  4. Melissa Says:

    Thank you SO much for these easy to understand instructions.. I needed to bind a blue jean quilt I was repairing for a friend. I put it on completely w/in an hour. I used to turn and hand stitch the backside but for this- it was so easy to just stitch and go. I also used to pin the entire binding before stitching– what a waste of time.!!!

  5. Shelagh Jane Says:

    What brilliantly simple directions! Thank you. I was sure I would end up ripping out stitches two or three times, as usually happens, but no! I have mitred corners from the outset! The photos really, really help, too. I wish you were writing the text for some paper patterns that I have used recently – they were so unclear that I spent more time taking things apart than I did putting them together! And don’t let me start on how poor their illustrations are.

  6. Frances Says:

    Thanks for the beautifully illustrated and clearly explained item on mitered corners on bias binding.

  7. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Thanks, Kristen! So sweet of you to take the time to comment, that means a ton to me. I’m so very happy that it helped you with your project and saved you time too. Happy sewing!

  8. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Thanks, Elizabeth! You just made my day and it’s so sweet of you to take the time to comment. Thanks for passing my site along to your friends, totally appreciate that!

  9. Elizabeth in UK Says:

    A brilliant tutorial beautifully photographed and making what was a very tricky job so simple. I have emailed this tutorial to myself to make sure I can find it again! Thank you so much! I will pass your link to my friends at our quilting and needlecraft group.

  10. Kristen Says:

    Best mitered edge tutorial I’ve ever seen. So simple and so easy to follow! The pictures are very clear and I understand it all perfectly! You have saved me a ton of stress and a lot of time!

  11. Barbara Says:

    I tried 3 different explanations and yours was the easiest and looked the nicest. I’m 82 years old and have been sewing for years and years, but I couldn’t remember how I did it and I thank you very much

  12. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Pat, that’s a great tip and I will definitely use the finger press technique next time. Thanks so much for your comment!

  13. pat ulmer Says:

    hello Kathy, thank you so much for the info on mitered corners. I have tried several different times to do this and was NEVER succesful, not even close realy. you directions were very easy to follow and achive SUCCESS !!!! yeah. I do have one comment in that where you stop sewing at the corner is crucial. so I stop a few inches before the corner make the fold and finger press, and presto when you unfold it you have the exact spot you need to stop at. works like a charm. I hope you can use this suggestion. again thank you for sharing

  14. Kara Says:

    I just tried this and it worked beautifully! Thank you for the great instructions and pictures.

  15. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Betsy, thanks for commenting. Enjoy the tutorial and let me know how it works for you!

  16. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Meghan, thanks for commenting! Let me know how the directions work out for you ..if I need to make anything more clear. Enjoy!

  17. Betsy Says:

    thanks for the close up pics!

  18. Meghan Says:

    I can’t wait to try this on my next bias tape project, thanks for sharing!


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