Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY - Bias Tape Maker

Hi!  This post is to share my recent discovery when I came across a bias tape maker in Susie Can Stitch.  I''m still learning to sew and seeing the cute little bias tape maker she have...make me want to have one too!...even though I haven't decide what to do with bias tape...but making them looks so much fun.

Since I don't have a bias tape maker...so, I just sort of 'make' one.... This is how I do it...

Material : Craft cutting blade, some fabric straps, hair straightener (yup...)

These are what I have on hand
a common craft cutting blade..

Prepare some fabric straps... you should cut yours in bias grain for actual bias tape!
(Mine are just normal fabric scrap...not a bias grain one..
This post is mean to demo how the cutter case works as a bias tape maker)


Remove the end of the cutting blade


Remove the blade inside as well

Fold your fabric strap whichever way you want to bias tape to be... 

Insert the strap into the blade casing

A needle to push it will be helpful

Pull the strap from the tip...

Here comes the bias tape!!!

Use the thinner casing just the same way to product thinner bias tape

Easy Peasy...Quick! 

 Firm the shape with a hair straightener

What do you think?
Will you try this?
Let me know if this is useful!


Thanks for stop by...

Love
PC

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131 comments:

  1. Wao PC..genius..You are amazing! I like it :)

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  2. Never thought a cutting blade can be so useful...will try of course and link back to you...thanks for your creativity:)

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  3. Genius! Love it and will definitely try it!

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  4. Genius! Love it and will definitely try it!

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  5. Never thought a cutting blade can be so useful...will try of course and link back to you...thanks for your creativity:)

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  6. This is great! Such a time saver too--thank you so much for sharing it!

    I so admire people who come up with things like this.

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  8. Amazing, you've solved my problem :-) Thank you

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  9. that's great! I will be raiding my husbands tool box lol

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  10. I am just a little confused what the hair straightener is for. I didnt see it. I might have missed it knowing me.. can you help my addled brain?

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    1. Hi Jenn, it's to iron the tape into sharp creases as it emerges from the knife holder :)

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    3. Will try this for sure!

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    4. heehee I must have missed it.. I can see it now.. silly computer keeps skipping on me! I suppose I can just use my iron.. I dont do my hair lol

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  11. S M A R T !!!

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  12. this is an awesome tutorial :) love it :) im going to try this on my next post
    just2bizzy.blogspot.com

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  13. I am so impressed! Thank you for sharing this!

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  14. Yes! Thank you! This is truly helpful and smart!!!

    akamatras.blogspot.com

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  15. Wow i think it works better than the bought ones!!!!

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  16. You are a genius.....thanks

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  17. You are just too clever!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Clever you! Binding quilts just got easier.

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  19. I love making my own bias tape - the options are just so cute!!

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  20. Great idea. I like the new use for the hair straightener. I have one in the closed that i don't use anymore. I'm going to have to bust it out.:)

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  21. What a great idea! I think I have one of those knives!! I am going to try this. I love the look of the Irish symbols on quilts. I'll try one now.
    Thank you for sharing this!!!
    Hugs!

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  22. Wow! Thank you for sharin.I will definitely try this.

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  23. What a clever idea! I love the straightener instead of just an iron.

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  24. Genius PC! Absolutely genius! I've been wanting a bias tape maker but have no idea where to get one. I will try this later :D

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  25. You are a genius! Thanks for share this idea!

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  26. Thank you for sharing this brilliant idea. Also, by happening upon it (on the Craftzine blog), I discovered your wonderful site, and signed up through email. Have a very happy day!

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  27. OMG !! I am so excited about this invention. I cant wait to make one for myself.. Thank you so much , You have saved me lots of money and lots of time.
    :-) Lucy Huggins

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  28. awesome....like it so much

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  29. Vou tentar fazer e com certeza será muito útil para minhas aulas de pachwork... ótima idéia... parabéns!!!

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  30. Love it just what I was needing. Thanks.

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  31. This is so crazy that I think it will be easy enough even for me!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  32. Hi Meijo: I'm Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/, your new GFC friend. I would love it if you stop by and be my friend, too.
    I have to have one of these. Thanks you so much for sharing it.

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  33. Thats so amazing idea if you don't have the actual bias tape "machine"! So clever!

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  34. This is a great tip...I actually do have a bias tape maker, but this would be a way to get more than one size! TFS!

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  35. that is brilliant, I use yards of bias tape (up to 10) in one go on my aprons... I rarely make my own because it is so time consuming! but this tip looks quick...

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  36. Pure Genius! Am trying this for sure! Awesome! I"m pinning it on pinterest! Hope you wont mind!

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  37. Awesome idea! I'll have to try this. Love how you used a hair straightener.

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  38. awesome! I'm going to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Totally useful! I love the idea and the use of a hair straightener is just wonderful too! All I needed and everything I have at home!

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  40. This is genius!! I do use bias tape makers and have for years. JUST two days ago I ordered 2 new sizes and now I see this. hahaha!
    I also have a hair straightener I keep with my iron. I have not used it for this yet but thought it might be very similar to those little bias tape machines they have out there!
    I usually spray my bias strips with spray starch and iron before running through the gadget. It makes nice, crisp tape!

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  41. Une idée géniale !!!merci que je vais tester de ce pas:))
    bises sandrine

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  42. Neat idea I haven't seen these yet:)

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  43. There are Dollar stores which sell these cutters @ 6 for $1! Brilliant. But a hair straightener isn't necessary. Just set your iron down and pull the bias strip under it.

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  44. Absolutely génial, this is going to go all over the net !!bravo and thanks for sharing
    biz

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  45. Parabens pela criatividade!
    e obrigada por compartir.
    Adenis>>> Brazil<<<<

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  46. Hello... Excelente idea.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Martha
    Costa Rica

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  47. Hello Friend... this is great idea.

    I will like to ask you permission to public this excelente tip on my blog http://markirhencrossstitch.blogspot.com/
    Thank you

    Martha
    Costa Rica

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  48. I just made some bias tape this evening with the "fold it over and burn your fingers ironing it" method. OK, so I used a stiletto and didn't really burn my fingers, but it still was a pain. I can't wait to use your idea for my next quilt binding. Genius!

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  49. Hmmm this is a very good idea! I can't justify buying a bias tape maker since I don't use it that often. Thanks for providing us with a cheaper alternative that works just as well!

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  50. Great tip!! I am featuring this on my "Sewing Tip Tuesday" series. It will go live tomorrow (5/8). Thanks so much for sharing!

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  51. Great Idea!!! It's genial!!!
    Beautiful way to recycle all my little fabric scraps!
    Thank you very much!!!
    Anna

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  52. Brilliant! Terrific use of materials on hand!
    :) Liz

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  53. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful idea on Dare to Share. I definitely want to try this! I can't wait to see what you link up next.

    Pam
    http://pamspartyplanning.blogspot.com/2012/05/dare-to-share-7.html

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  54. PC, you are amazing... thinking outside the square!!!

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  55. Will I use this?? Are you kidding??? This is GENIUS! I never even bothered with making my own, thinking I'd have to get an expensive bias tape maker... holy cow! I'm running out to get those knives and take them apart right now!

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  56. AMAZING... I just bought one for $10 wish i would have seen this before!

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  57. This would be very useful for me. You provide me such a nice information and I am definitely try this. I never think that this kind of knife will it be useful in such a way. Really appreciate that.

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  58. GENIUS
    thanks for sharing

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  59. Great idea. I would have never thought of it.

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  60. Adorei a dica!
    Parabéns!

    Abraços,
    Das

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  61. Magnífica idéia! Adorei! Deu certo! Depois vou tirar uma foto e publicar, informando que aprendi aqui, com você. Obrigada!

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  62. Ok - how did I miss this post?? GENIUS!!! I'm sharing where I can because everyone should see this! :)

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  63. This is really awesome. What else is awesome is using the flat iron - you iron both sides at once - the whole combination is genius!

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  64. Ontem mesmo fiz este viés aqui:
    http://verahl.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/ideias-geniais/
    Obrigada pela idéia! Tks!!

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  65. Fiz ontem mesmo, e realmente a sua idéia é genial! tks!
    Veja aqui: http://verahl.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/ideias-geniais/
    Kisses!

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  66. http://verahl.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/ideias-geniais/
    adorei! obrigada! Tks! kisses for you!

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  67. Merci infiniment pour cette astuce, qui va en dépanner plus d'une.
    Bon week end.
    Monia

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  68. merci pour cette astuce qui va m'être très utile.
    Bon week end
    Monia

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  69. What a clever idea...I have shared your post on my blog Freebies For Crafters too...hugs Khris

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  70. You are a genius...awesome repurpose idea !!

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  71. Wow!!! Really?? How creative you are!!! Love this and yes, I will be trying it!
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Desi

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  72. Dear MeiJo, thanks from a Brazilian sewing addict. The idea was great. Even use the hair straightener!

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  73. PC would like to share a picture of this and link to your blog on our guild blog (http://oranjequilters.blogspot.com). Do I have your permission to publish one of these photos?

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  74. This is so cool! I will try it!
    Thanks for sharing

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  75. Hi! I am currently working on a series called sewing school and today's post is about bias tape. I am including a link to this post and would like to use a picture. Please let me know if this would be alright with you. You can check out the series here:
    http://www.wildflowersandwhimsy.com/category/sewing-school/

    Thanks! ~April @ Wildflowers & Whimsy

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  76. You're awesome. I just found out about that we can diy bias tape, and repurpose a knife into a bias tape maker. Thank you. I'm book marking this.

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  77. the hair straighter is genius, I hate getting the iron out lol

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  78. Thumbs UP!!!! Thanks for the tip :D

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  79. In the name of all girls who are members in http://www.lucrudemana.com/forum from Romania/Europe and they like to sew,i will thank you ang hug you for this tutorial.
    You are for us a gold mine.

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  80. I want to thank you for this in the name of all the girls who are members of http://www.lucrudemana.com/forum from Romania/Europe and who like to sew.
    You are for us a gold mine.
    Once again Thank you verry much.

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  81. Love this DIY thing! I was searching for it in the Internet for bias tape maker and it is so expensive. Luckily I found your site! :) Thanks!!!

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  82. You are amazing. Thank you for sharing this amazing idea.

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  83. Where did you buy the blue n yellow containers? I cannot find them. All I find is black ones.
    Terry D. aka sunnywolfgar

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  84. So glad I found you on here with this awesome idea. EXACTLY what I was looking for, a cheap and easy way to make bias tape with something I have on hand. Thank so much for sharing.

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  85. Truco increible que ayuda a trabajar y economizar.... Mil gracias, le voy a sacar muuuucho partido... y yo tirando los estiletes que se me rompian.

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  86. Thank you for sharing this awesome technique,now I won't hesitate to make bias strips.

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  87. This is genius! I will def. gonna try this!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  88. Vou tentar fazer, um show de ideia!

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  89. Ameeeeeeeeeeeeei a idéia,vou fazer muitos viéis a partir de agora,rsrsrs.Obrigada!!!

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  90. Absolute super star genius! Thank you xx

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  91. Never thought of it before, Thanks for sharing.
    The idea comes up just in time when I need making one to complete my craft.

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  92. Splendid idea.
    Just in time. I was thinking of an easier way how to make a bias tape.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  93. It’s seems great
    I’ll try it

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  94. It’s seems great
    I’ll try it

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  95. Criativo!!! Vou experimentar, obrigada��

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  96. Criativo!!!! Vou experimentar��

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  97. Ótima idéia!!!! Tb vou experimentar!!!!

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  98. Muito interessante! Ótima idéia!!!

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  99. Bom demais essas pessoas inteligentes q tem essas ideias maraaaaa....

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  100. Ameiii parabens pra quem teve essa idéia maraaaaa....

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  101. Really GREAT!!!! :)))))))))))))))) Thank you very much for sharing!
    Was für eine geniale und witzige Idee!!! Vielen Dank für's Zeigen!

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  102. Fantastical! What a great idea! Thanks!
    Fantastisch! Was für eine großartige Idee! Danke!

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