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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Make Your Own Custom Bias Tape ~ with Video!

Did you see Polly's Pretty Pocket Dress that released today?!  It's absolutely adorable!  There are so many cute features on it and one of my favorites is the bias detail and bias ties.  If you haven't used bias tape on a sewing project before, you will love the easy instructions in the pattern. Not only that, but you can even make your own custom bias tape to match your outfit perfectly!  

Don't you think the custom floral bias gives the perfect finishing touch to her dress? You definitely aren't limited to the bias tapes you find in stores. You can create the perfect bias detail with any fabric!  

When making your own bias tape, you can do it in small amounts for minor projects like we taught in a previous blog post.  But for projects that require longer bias tape like Polly's dress, you can actually make one loooong strip all at once.  It's a really cool trick and not difficult at all!  Emily is here to show you how it's done:

Thanks so much to Emily for that fabulous tutorial!  The same technique can be used for other patterns and large projects as well - anything that requires bias tape. And now you're all ready to make your own! 

I just can't get over how cute Polly's pattern is! If you decide to use knit for your Polly's dress like Emily did here using our CKC Fabrics, we recommend that you still make the bias tape out of woven fabric. The woven will help keep the straps from stretching. The rest of the dress can be knit though.

If you have any questions or comments about this tutorial, we would love to hear from you in our patterns group! And of course we can't wait to see your upcoming Polly's too. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 


  1. How cute are they! If one tends to burn one's fingers with the hot iron, you can get a bias tape maker to put the raw fabric through. It may speed the process up a bit for you.

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