I finally got my head around out the best way to sew double fold bias tape with mitered corners. Yay! I’m talking pretty, perfect mitered corners like this…
Keep reading for step-by-step photos on the best way how to sew bias tape with mitered corners. I even made a little video for you to explain it super clearly.
I volunteered to sew 30 placemats for my son Liam’s Montessori school. I know! It took waaay longer than I thought and the good news …no, the GREAT news …is that I have totally figured out how to properly sew bias tape! I mean, I’ve used bias tape a lot before and I already wrote a tutorial on how to sew bias tape with mitered corners but this time, I changed a few things and also used an even better way to join the beginning and end together that makes a really teeny seam that you can barely see.
The video tutorial is about 8 minutes because it includes everything about sewing on double-fold bias tape from start to finish. This video includes:
– where to start attaching the bias tape
– how to sew the corners
– how to connect the beginning of the bias tape to the end in a barely visible seam
– reducing the bulk from seams and corners
– pinning vs. free sewing
– and how to finish off sewing the tape.
The only thing you won’t see here is my face …I was at the tail of a wicked winter cold so I spared you the red nose. Anyway, watch the video and it’ll clear this bias-tape-mitered-corner-thing right up.
Supplies for how to sew double fold bias tape with mitered corners:
- Double fold bias tape
- Quilting pins
- Wonder clips (optional but recommended)
- Tiny embroidery scissors
- Sewing machine
How to sew double fold bias tape with mitered corners:
I recommend watching my video tutorial if you have any questions about these steps. It’s so easy once the process clicks!
Open your double fold bias tape and pin it to the raw edge about 2-3 inches from the end of the tape. Start sewing in the fold right at the pin – this is important! Do not start sewing at the beginning of the pin …you need to start sewing at the pin so that the 2-3 inches at the end is unsewn and loose.
Slow down as you approach the corner. Stop when you get to point where you’ve created a square with your needle and the corner like so…
With your needle down, lift the presser foot, pivot the fabric and sew off the corner (no need to backstitch here).
It will look like this:
Fold the opened bias tape up to create a triangle that is even with the raw unsewn edge. Notice that the corner you just sewed will help guide you.
Fold the opened bias tape back down so that the top edge is even.
Here’s a side view of the bias tape sandwich:
Now backstitch and sew in the ditch and repeat this on all four corners of your project.
When you get to your fourth and final corner, sew and backstitch just about an inch or so.
Now you’re going to join the beginning of the bias tape with the end and create a teeny seam that you’ll barely be able to see. First, mark a line about 1/4″ from the edge of the beginning of your tape (the loose end where you started sewing on the bias tape).
Lay the end of the bias tape on top, flat, and draw a line right on top of your other line. This is where you’re going to sew these two pieces together. Cut the end of the bias tape — not on the line but 1/4″ after the line (see the video if you have any questions here).
Pin the bias tape ends together, right sides together, lining up the lines.
See how it’s going to lay down flat once it’s sewn?
Sew the line, backstitching carefully.
Finger press the seam open, then sew in the ditch to secure the bias tape. Trim out the bulk (again, see the video with questions – it’s easier to see this in person).
Fold the bias tape over to the back. Again, see the video for some tips on how to reduce bulk in the corners which make the corners look extra professional, and to learn why I like these wonder clips.
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