A quick tutorial.... Using both the 6mm and 18mm Clover Bias Tape Makers (in case you were wondering).
1. Measure a bias strip to the width specified in the instructions (in the packet) for your particular size bias tape maker. A quilting ruler and cutting mat make this super-quick and accurate (both ruler and board usually have bias guides, so you can follow whichever is easiest for you).2. SnnnnnnnniP!... a rotary cutter makes this a breeze. If you haven't got one you'll just have to use old fashioned ruler, chalk and scissors. Cut your bias strip out.
3. Cut one end of the bias strip to a point to make it thread more easily through the little wonder-gadget. With the Clover 6mm bias tape maker there's a handy little hole in the bottom that allows you to move the fabric through with a pin. Aren't Clover clever...? They think of EVERYTHING!4. With the iron in one hand and the little handle of the bias tape maker in the other, simultaneously slide the bias tape maker backwards and press the tape immediately as it comes out at the front. The raw edges will be folded neatly into the centre of the tape.Now you have lots of lovely bias tape to make pretty bound edges or decorative applique on bibs, bags, purses, laptop sleeves, pockets, pot-holders... you name it. I'll be posting another tutorial for the 6mm bias tape maker as soon as possible.... watch this space!
Isn't that easy...?
If you're new to actually USING bias tape then it might be best to come to "A Sharper Edge" class, read a sewing book or buy my ...ahem... Laptop Bag pattern (if I can stop blogging long enough to finish those instructions!!!). I'm currently working on more detailed bias tape instructions for that one. I told people that the pattern was "coming soon" in January (!!?) but keep coming up with new ways to vary the design... which means MORE instructions to write!!!
Oh - and I am absolutley GOBSMACKED by the number of responses to my little giveaway (and am blushing CRIMSON with all your lovely compliments!!). We might have to find out all about this random number generator thingame I keep reading about.... There are too many names to cut up bits of paper and put in a hat - we'd be at that all afternoon!
Stay tuned tomorrow to see who's the winner. Get ready to contact me with your postal address (and yes - I'm quite happy to post internationally!!).