I’m off to a Japanese Meshwork workshop this coming weekend and had to cut the fabrics and make double-fold bias strips from it. Bobbie lent me her 1/2″ bias tape maker, but I wasn’t happy with the results on my first few tries. I just couldn’t get the folds even, and on the lighter fabric, I got puckering in the centre, even when using spray starch to ‘crisp’ up the fabric.
So off to the internet to see if there was an easier way! I couldn’t find anything on YouTube but I did find an easy method here:
In case that blog post ever goes missing, here’s my variation on it (apologies for the blurriness of some of these photos).
Position a needle on the ironing board so that the gap between the ‘grabs’ of ironing board fabric is 1/2″.
Clip one end of a 1 inch fabric strip to a point so that it can slip under the needle easily.
When you gently pull the fabric through, you may need to wiggle it a bit to get the folds even.
Gently pull the fabric through, about an inch or two at a time. Watch that the folds remain even, and help guide the fabric through if necessary. I found that with some fabrics I had to use my left hand on the lower fold to keep it even—the upper fold sorted itself out when I did this.
Iron as you go. Press each inch or two as you pull it through the needle. Be careful you don’t burn you fingers—the fabric gets pretty hot with all that pressing.
End result—perfect 1/2 inch double-fold bias tape strips! Give the strips a squirt of spray starch and a final press, then, if you’re not using them straight away, roll them around a cardboard tube and pin until you need them. The folds will separate if you’re not using them immediately.