Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Super Old Post About My First Experience Making Bias Binding!

I've been meaning to write up this post for a while now!  Ah life, how it comes and goes...
One weekend event, forever ago, I saw these adorable little girls wearing cute little red, white and blue petti-skirts and I thought "What a crappy mom I am, I don't make cuter clothes for my kids!"  In fact, I don't really make much for the girls.  I made a Christmas dress and coat for Sam in 2011, but I never even finished her Belle costume from March the same year!  I had a plan, I was going to make something for my girls to wear  for 4th of July 2012!  I even had matching outfit panels that I bought (mumble) years ago.  Cut out the panels, started sewing, needed bias binding.  Generally that is no problem, I just "run on" down to the store and grab some up, right?  Well, wanted something cuter than the "norm", something that might match a bit better.  And then I remembered this post from Pinterest!  Sure, doesn't sound too difficult, right?
Well, I wasn't about to invest the buckaroo's into the machine until I knew how hard it really was to make this stuff by hand, not to mention the over-all cost.  Went to my local fabric store armed with coupons.  According to the instructions, I should have been able to get about five yards of tape with just a fat quarter!  For those of you non-sewers, a fat quarter is a pre-cut piece of fabric, cotton, that is 18"x22".  Now what I didn't pay attention to was the difference in the width of my strip, so I bought two fat quarters, they were on sale for 40% off.  I also bought the tape "maker" which is a little metal triangle thingy that sort of "folds" the fabric and then I run a hot iron over it to set it all in.  I had a 50% off coupon for that, and then got 15% off the whole purchase!  Bias tape in the package costs $1.99 regular price and my directions said I needed two packages per outfit!  Basically I bought everything (with the help of my coupons) for the price of the regular tape, but I can keep making more tapes because the "maker" can be used over and over again!  I felt I got a deal at least on that part.  Then I started freaking out about how much time it was going to take me to make it all!  Well, it didn't take much time at all!  It might have taken me just over an hour to cut, sew, press, then measure and cut my strip.  The pressing the bias using the machine may have taken about 30-45 minutes.  But take into consideration, this was my very first time making bias tape!  Best news though, because I was making such a small about of bias tape I only ended up needed one fat quarter!  I loved the way the final product turned out and I can't wait to make more tapes!  Instead of using the plain-old solid kind, now I can use complementary fabrics that add a little pizzazz!