Border Prints: A Bag Maker’s Best Friend!


long about 2019 I suddenly became aware of “border prints” and how perfectly amazing they are for use in bag-making. They surely became available much sooner than 2019 but now that I’ve found them….

I can’t stop using them!

“But… what about bias tape”, you might ask?

Because if we cut our bias tape on a standard 45 degree angle for this 4-border print, we’ll wind up with a striped bias tape and that’s most likely not the look we’re going for… right? RIGHT!!

But here’s the deal…

Who said bias tape HAS to be cut on a 45 degree angle?

Because the truth is… regardless of what anyone else tells you, bias tape can actually be cut on ANY angle, not just at 45 degrees!
(Check out the picture at left to see the actual angle at which I cut the bias tape for the “Chateau” bag shown above.)

So just remember this… as long as you’re cutting your bias tape ACROSS the grain rather than ALONG the grain, then your bias tape will have ALL the s-t-r-e-t-c-h you’ll need in order to finish your bag in a beautiful way!

And now, it’s YOUR turn!

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  1. Cathy Prwivo on April 10, 2023 at 6:36 am

    So much food for thought, wonderful information.

    • Kat on April 10, 2023 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Cathy— I hope it turns out to be useful for you! 🙂

  2. Cathy Prwivo on April 10, 2023 at 6:37 am

    Love the border piece, and I’m happy with the different ways you have demonstrated that they can be used. Especially the bias tape finding. I had always thought that sticking to the 45° was really necessary, you demonstrated that in fact, worked well either way. Thank you for the information.

  3. Bunnie Cleland on April 10, 2023 at 6:46 am

    So happy you have discovered border prints! I usually wind up cutting my bias at 30° to line up with my other cuts. Works great!!!

    • Kat on April 10, 2023 at 7:54 am

      Saves so much fabric too!:)