Preparing Bias Stems with Clover Bias Tape MakerThis tutorial explains how to make 1/4" bias stems using a #6 Clover Bias Tape Maker.
The same steps can be followed with any size Bias Tape Maker - just follow the instructions on the tool to determine the width to cut your initial bias strips.
Step 1 - Cutting the Fabric on the Bias:
- Start with a fat quarter of desired fabric.
- Iron your fabric - cut a straight edge if there isn't one already.
- Most rotary rulers include a 45 degree angle mark - find it on your ruler.
- Lay the 45 degree angle mark on the selvage edge of your fabric. This will align the cut edge of your ruler on a 45 degree angle.
- Use a rotary cutter and cut a straight edge on the bias (the diagonal above).
- Gently slide your ruler over to the 1/2" mark (with the 45 degree line still on the selvage) and make another cut resulting in a 1/2 inch bias strip.
- Repeat this process until you have 10 or more 1/2" strips cut on the bias.
Note: Use Caution when handling the strips -- when fabric is cut on the bias it will easily stretch.
Step 2 - Make Bias Stems:
- Using the Clover #6 - 1/4" Bias Tape Maker (BTM) feed one end of your 1/2" bias strip through the wide end of the BTM with fabric right side up.
- Use a pin (if necessary) to advance the fabric through the BTM to the narrow end. Leave about 1/2" of the strip showing on the narrow end.
- Position your iron so the side of the iron is against the narrow end of the BTM.
- Note: The BTM instructions say to move the tool with the hand that is not ironing -- but I prefer to use the iron to move the tool.
- The iron should be set on a "Cotton" heat with steam and a fair amount of pressure should be applied as you glide the iron over the fabric to make the bias stem. Once you start pressing to the left - keep going - don't stop mid-strip.
- Some would suggest you use a light starch on the fabric before beginning to make the tape -- feel free to do so - it makes the bias tape hold its shape.
Front and back image of the completed bias stems:
Note: Tutorial excerpt from the Moda Bake Shop Redbird and Berries Mini Quilt Recipe posted Jan 24th, 2014 ~ written by Karen L. Miller