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Tip Tuesday: Bias Tape with Mitered CornersBy AlexisW on 5/13/14 2:56 PM

Bias Tape with Mitered Corners

- by SewingandStyle

This technique is one of the basic how-tos, when it comes to finishing raw edges with a bias tape. It can be used on huge variety of projects - from clothing to household items.

However in this tutorial we will be only looking at finishing the edges with 90 degrees corners, to easily achieve a neat mitered corner look.

Step 1

Unfold you bias tape completely pre-made bias tape will have one side narrower than the other. Unfold the tape and check which side is narrower. Align the right side of the tape facing the right side of the garment, narrow end of the bias tape to the seam allowance. Fold the short end of your tape down at a 90 degree angle to meet the raw edges and start sewing along the crease, do not forget to backstitch a little.

Step 2

Sew all the way to the corner, stopping about a seam allowance width before the edge. Backstitch. Take your garment out from under your presser foot, fold your bias tape up and to the right forming a 90 degree angle. Press neatly with your fingers.

Align the bias tape onto the left along the raw edge and pin. Start sewing, leaving a seam allowance width from the edge, backstitch. Sew along the whole length of the tape required for your project.

Step 3

Fold the bias tape over the seam allowance, make sure that folded tape is wide on the inside. Pin inside the seam and check on the inside, that the pin caught the edge of the bias tape. That is precisely why having one side wider is important. Tuck the corners in creating a lovely neat milted. Pin frequently.

Step 4

Topstitch in a seam ditch, but always make sure the tape on the inside is overlapping the seam! That is why careful pinning is so important. Backstitch. P.S.: Some seamstresses like pinning along the bias tape, but with the satin tape, I found the pins leave the hole marks, so try to pin into the seam ditch, rather than the tape itself.

This technique is super easy to apply, even for beginners, just take your time and pin, pin, pin!

Republished with permission from SewingandStyle.


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pointpatou said... (7/28/15 7:20 AM) Reply
Thank you. I'll have to try this.
kiddo said... (5/20/14 2:03 PM) Reply
Thank you for this tip!!! It is a really easy to understand explanation of the technique. Thank you! thank you for continuing making sewing a pleasure with this great tutorial!
jlso said... (5/20/14 12:58 PM) Reply
Thank you love tutorials, they are so helpful a picture is worth a thousand words.
ASiverson said... (5/20/14 11:53 AM) Reply
This tutorial will come in handy. TFS!
ASiverson said... (5/20/14 11:52 AM) Reply
This tutorial will come in handy. TFS!
stsimon said... (5/20/14 11:31 AM) Reply
I've found that basting before making the second line of stitching is the most reliable way of catching in all of the folded-under tape. Basting doesn't take much more time, especially if you add in fixing all the little missed places.
TexasPat said... (5/20/14 11:30 AM) Reply
We'll presented tutorial. Thanks.

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