Ever since I did this video showing how to make bias tape I’ve been getting questions about how to miter corners neatly when you use it. How do you get that neat corner? Do you wrap the whole thing and pin it and then start to sew? Do you sew one side at a time? How do you pivot at the corner?
So many questions!
Here’s a video showing how to miter corners with any double-fold tape.
I used this technique just recently when I made this roomy tote bag. (It’s a free pattern! Get it here.)
I used custom bias tape and mitered the corners to bind the edges of the big pocket on the side.
I also used this technique to bind the edges of the beach blanket in this collection of beach/pool accessories for Dress Up Bunch dolls.
Here’s a close up of the towel, showing how I mitered the corners neatly.
You can even use this technique to bind the edges of your quilt entirely my machine!
(Full disclosure – I don’t. I use a half-machine/half-hand binding method that makes an absolutely perfect and durable double-layer quilt binding. This video shows how I bind my quilts.)
Thanks Wendi – I have always kept the needle in – no wonder I could never get a nice corner!!!
I’m sure that I’ll be using this tip at some point. Thanks! Would you have anything on getting nice corners with single fold bias tape?
It depends on how you’re using it. Take a look at this video on binding a quilt. http://wendigratz.wpengine.com/2011/05/video-how-to-bind-a-quilt.html I think it might be the answer you need.