How to make bias biding tape

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I absolutely love bias tapes. For me it's the easiest way of finishing hems. I've bought a bias tape only once, and I was making them myself ever since. One of the reasons is that I afraid a cotton (which is my favourite) one may shrink after washing, and that would ruin the dress. And as for washing bias tape before using it... Em, not sure it's a good idea.
Especially because it's possible to make them in a minute, using a rotary cutter and a cutting mat. But if you don't have them, it's still possible to make a nice bias tape.

What fabric is the best choice for this task?

Any semi-heavy one is good. I usually use cotton. If you'd choose it too, don't forget to wash and spin it before cutting your bias tape.

What else do you need?

1) Tailor's chalk or a pencil
2) Dressmaker's scissors
3) Ruler
4) Set square 45

First of all you need to measure your hem line. Don't forget to add 2-3 cm to this measurement.
Now draw a 90 degrees angle on your fabric.

Use a set square to make a 45 degrees line out of the angle.

Using a ruler, draw parallel lines on both sides of that line. If you want to get a 1 cm wight tape, you need to draw 3 more lines (apart from the guiding line), 1 cm apart from each other.

It's also possible to draw just 3 lines, 2 cm apart from each other.

All you need to do now is to cut your bias tape and iron it.

Your perfect bias tape is ready!

How do you make your bias tape?

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