Bias Tape with a Smooth, Flat Finish… It IS Possible!

I get a LOT of questions about bias tape. (It evidently cause more than a few, a BIG problem.)Folks always ask me how I put my bias tape on so that it’s flat and smooth.
No rumples.. no bacon edges….and no gathers.And here’s the thing is, it’s easy as pie, but you know what? it’s one of those things that’s just easier to SHOW you, than to explain, so without further ado, here’s my easy, schmeasy way of applying bias tape with a perfect finish!
(This video take a few minutes to download, so why not get it started, then go fix yourself a long, cool drink, and by the time you come back, it’ll be ready to roll!)

OR—- you can just click this link to view it on the web!

So there you have it. That’s MY secret to getting a smooth finish when I apply bias tape. But how about you? Got any tips of your own you’d like to share?

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  1. Sylvia Turner on July 14, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Brilliant bias tape lesson, thanks.

  2. Sylvia Turner on July 14, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Now I can work on this, thanks.

  3. Kathy Roberts on February 14, 2021 at 5:06 am

    Thank you so much. Bias tape has been a problem for me ever since sewing class in high school. Now 40 years later I am so happy to have found you and your amazing directions. Thank you so much.

    • Kat on February 14, 2021 at 11:50 am

      That is music to my ears! SO glad it was helpful for you! 🙂

  4. Diane on March 24, 2021 at 4:56 am

    Thank you for sharing this video. I’m sure it will help me to get a beautifully finished project. I do have a question about making the bias tape.Could you give me an idea of how much extra fabric I should plan on for making bias tape? I’d rather have too much than not enough to match my project.

  5. Tommie O'Sullivan on August 16, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Kat…I used to press my bias tape the same way that you do, but then I discovered French fold. Press the bias tape in half, lengthwise i.e., if your strip is 3 inches wide, it will now be 1.5 inches wide. Then place ALL raw edges together…bias tape and your bag seams, and stitch in place. Then, fold your tape around the bag and sew the other side in place.