Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Because Mama Said Sew: Bias Tape & Newborn Flyaway Jacket

I love this book by Yaker & Hoskins: One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects

Making your own bias tape has always seemed like a time consuming chore that I didn't ever want to undertake -- especially when I could just go to the store to buy it. However, the options for bias tape are somewhat limiting - mostly solid colors and never the right yellow or peach that you need. When I decided to make this little jacket for our neighbor's baby (who entered the world June 27th - Welcome little Kate), I got a little bit of help from my friend Peggy when she was visiting back in May. "It's easy", she said. I barely believed her. Then, with a little instruction, I make it. There are so many tutorials online that explain how to make it far better than I can, but if you are hesitant like I was, let me assure you, it really is easy.


A bias tape maker will cost you anywhere from $2-$6.

Voila!
At the machine.
 I felt prouder giving this gift knowing that I had even made the bias tape. Simple things, eh?

14 comments:

  1. So cute! I love it!

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  2. Great job! That jacket is adorable! I haven't made my own bias tape, but I do love the idea. I love that little gadget too - I love gadgets though. It looks like great fun!

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    1. it's a good gadget, Melissa. And gadgets are more fun when they are cheap! :)

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  3. It looks fantastic! I love the fabric.

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    1. Thanks KC... picking fabric is something I love and abhor. When working on a project, I always wonder : "Is it the right one?" ... I've been known to stand in a fabric store for an hour with two fabrics in my hand and still looking to see if there is something better. And when there is no project in sight and I find myself in a fabric store, I can walk out with yards of wonders to wait until the perfect use comes along. sigh

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  4. Oh my, adorable. I've never made bias tape either. It just seems so easy to pick up a packet from the store. But maybe I should give it a try...

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    1. Katie... it's great if you actually want to use a printed fabric for bias tape instead of the solids that we easily pick up from the store. let me know how your efforts go!

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  5. Nice work on the bias tape. And super-cute jacket!

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