...doing cute details on twirly skirts for small girls.... or big girls, for that matter. (My usual model had better things to do today. This one is equally headless but a little more compliant).
Bias binding is excellent for binding seams on tricky shaped bags and purses (which means that you can fully line the tricky shaped bag or purse). It's a design feature, to boot.
And you can make quick bibs, pot holders and even mini-oven mitts in no time at all.
This one was a request from the smallest cook in the house. (I'm a bit nervous that it might actually be used to carry something hot, so it comes with a list of rules.... luckily, our cook follows rules... mostly).
So anyway..... I tend to be a bit evangelical about bias tape makers. I was surprised to read that some people buy them and don't try them out. Or some people don't know how to get the most out of them. I've shown this before, but I'll add a bit more detail this time. Complete demystification.
How to use your bias tape maker...
2. If you need to join two pieces, align them so that they are right sides up and the pointed ends lock in to one another, as shown below.
(It's also a good idea to press your fabric before you start..... I seem to have skipped that step here).
6. Cut the end of the tape to a point and thread it through the bias tape maker (cutting it to a point makes it thread more easily).
8. Trim the seam allowances so the bias binding will be able to fold easily over the edge and sit on top of the stitches (seen in red, below) on the other side.
9. Press the bias tape into place over the stitch line, and then topstitch it about 1mm from the edge.
I hope that takes a bit of the mystery out of it and encourages you to go forth and bind everything you can. Like I do. Honestly, I really do.