Bias

Pattern pieces are cut, and I’ve made some bias strips. I made a test piece to see how the finish looks with or without whipstitching.

bound-seam-detail2.jpg Whipstitched detail

What say you? Add the whipstitching, or keep the bound edge clean? There’s a comments box down there, people.

Below the fold — how to make bias strips, if you’re interested.

Bias strips are simply long strips of fabric cut on the bias, usually folded in half or in four. They are used for edging fabric, and because they are cut on the bias, stretch neatly around curves. You can buy them premade from the fabric store, but they are a snap to make yourself, and homemade ones can be in whatever funky pattern you like.

The first step in making them is to determine the bias of your fabric. You’ll need to cut a square of fabric and make sure the cut ends are true — you can use a right-angle ruler against the selvage edge to do this. Then fold cut edge to selvage, to form a triangle. The long edge of the triangle is the bias. No pictures for this, since the fabric I’m using is leftover from another project (AND recycled, to boot) and is already cut on the bias, but it’s a reasonably simple idea.

Then you simply mark the width of strip you’d like, and cut.

Cutting bias strips

Sew ’em together, press folds into them, and you are ready to go! I managed to get about ten yards out of this piece of fabric, which might be a little less than I need, but I have more fabric stashed away.

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2 Responses to “Bias”

  1. Grace Says:

    I like the clean bound edge, myself, but I think either would work fine.

  2. annaphor Says:

    I think so, too. I decided that the whipstitching was too much work — and that because I’d have to do it by hand, the opportunity for unevenness to sneak in was too great.

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