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One of my favorite sewing tools is the bias tape maker. With the heat of an iron, this tool folds strips of fabric into perfect bias trim. It is commonly used to finish seams on the inside of garments and often used to complete the outside edge of a quilt. It's usually not the focus of a project but bias tape made from colored or patterned fabric is an easy way to add interest to a sewing project or even store bought items. I did a bias tape story a while ago and some of my favorite projects were the simplest. Click here for the basic techniques.

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A simple square of linen with rounded corners bound in patterned bias tape makes a great napkin.

1 A simple square of linen with rounded corners bound in patterned bias tape makes a great napkin.

Store bought towels are trimmed in a cute liberty print, these would be a great housewarming gift

2 Store bought towels are trimmed in a cute liberty print, these would be a great housewarming gift

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x1_de9b93a96723da8b1d3ad6cca6e055d5This set of bias tape makers is my favorite,  they are from Clover, they work really well and you can find them here.

Comments (3)

  • Bias tape is great for trimming rounded edges, but not at all necessary for doing the straight edge of a guest towel. A trimmed towel is a neat gift idea, but in this case, bias tape isn't necessary. . .

    I loved your other samples. As always, great ideas!

  • Hey Crafts Dept! I actually went out and bought myself a set of bias tape makers after reading your article in the mag. What an amazing tool! Those baby bibs were so easy to make. I used it to edge a hot water bottle cover too. great to get the opportunity to tell you guys that was a terrific article! And I encourage any online readers to check out the projects - they are really inspiring.

  • The bias tape shoe laces are incredibly adorable! Great idea!

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