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The Best Way To Sew Bias Tape With Mitered Corners {photos plus a video}

Best way to sew bias tape with mitered corners

Wanna know how to sew bias tape with mitered corners? This tutorial will show you how to sew bias tape corners like a pro. 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…

Pinning bias tape onto fabric

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 sew bias tape corners! 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 of the bias tape together that makes a really teeny seam that you can barely see.

Stack of place mats sewn with bias tape

The video tutorial is about 8 minutes because it includes everything about sewing on double-fold bias tape from start to finish. This video on how to sew bias tape with mitered corners includes:- where to start attaching the bias tape
– how to sew the bias tape 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 bias 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 on the best way to sew bias tape corners and it’ll clear this bias-tape-mitered-corner-thing right up.


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Supplies for how to sew double fold bias tape with mitered corners:

How to sew double fold bias tape with mitered corners:

I recommend watching my video tutorial on how to sew bias tape with mitered corners if you have any questions about these steps. It’s so easy once the process clicks!

Step 1: Pin double fold bias tape to raw edge and sew

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.

pinning bias tape onto fabric

Step 2: Sew bias tape corners

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…

Sewing bias tape mitered corners

With your needle down, lift the presser foot, pivot the fabric and sew off the corner (no need to backstitch here).

How to sew mitered bias tape corners

It will look like this:

Sewing mitered bias tape corners

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.

Folding back bias tape corners

Fold the opened bias tape back down so that the top edge is even.

Sewing bias tape mitered corners

Here’s a side view of the bias tape sandwich:

Bias tape sandwich corners

Now backstitch and sew in the ditch and repeat this on all four corners of your project.

How to sew bias tape corners

Step 3: Join bias tape beginning to end

When you get to your fourth and final corner, sew and backstitch just about an inch or so.

Backstitch bias tape mitered corners

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).

Joining ends of 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).

Joining ends of bias tape

Pin the bias tape ends together, right sides together, lining up the lines.

Pinning ends of bias tape

See how it’s going to lay down flat once it’s sewn?

Joining bias tape ends

Sew the line, backstitching carefully.

Sewing bias tape to join raw ends

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).

Trimming bias tape bulk from seams

Step 4: Fold over bias tape to back, sew to secure

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 really like these wonder clips (you should get them).

Sewing with wonder clips


Try these top free sewing patterns that use bias tape:


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Valerie Stratton

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

Hi Kathy Thank you so much for the tutorial for bias binding corners. I was panicking about how to do the binding corners of a quilt! Well actually i decided to make my three granddaughters quilts for Christmas never made one before!!! I was given your site from the lady i brought the tape from. You saved the day, the girl's loved the quilts just to see their faces on Christmas day made my day so thank you again, I'm sure i would not have completed them without your tutorial.


Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

Hi Valerie! So sorry for the delay ...I missed seeing this in my comment queue. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this story! I'm so excited that the tutorial helped ...and I'm also super impressed that you made not one but three quilts. Wow!!! I am so thrilled for you. Your grandchildren are going to treasure those quilts. I still have the ones that my grandma made me and now they're on my own daughter's bed. Blessings to you.


Friday 27th of July 2018

This was very helpful, and perfect timing! I just made a Doc McStuffins lab coat for my granddaughter and was concerned about the binding. Your tutorial helped, especially the close up pictures. Thanks!

Tonya Wohlever

Tuesday 14th of March 2017

AMAZINGLY clear and perfect tutorial for doing this! Thank you:) I was just wondering if you used a walking foot? It doesn't look like it, but I am fairly new to sewing and can't tell. Thank you again!


Tuesday 14th of March 2017

Hi Tonya, I actually did not use a walking foot but that's a great suggestion. If you do use one, would you let me know how it goes? I am always looking for new tips and tricks to make bias tape pain-free, ha. Thanks so much for your kind comment!

CJ Clark

Monday 6th of February 2017

This is the best tutorial I've seen. Explained well. Pictured well. Unfortunately, my first try at it, didn't come out all that well. But practice makes perfect.


Tuesday 14th of February 2017

Thanks for your comment, CJ! Yes, I agree with practice. I actually just made another messy mat this weekend for my kids and even I needed to re-watch my own video to remember how to finish off the tape - ha! Thanks for visiting.


Wednesday 18th of January 2017

This is amazing! I've tried a million things to get great bias tape edges and corners, this is so helpful!! I can't wait to try it! I make weighted blankets and it'll make them look so much nicer!


Tuesday 24th of January 2017

Allie, thank you so much! I am so glad that it will help with your weighted blankets, I checked out your site, what a great product you have there. Thanks again for your kindness!