How to Sew DOUBLE FOLD Bias Tape for Beginners

@media (max-width: 1200px) { }

body .novashare-buttons.novashare-inline .novashare-button-icon { width: 100%; }

Share this Article:

TwitterFacebookPinterestPrint

body .novashare-pinterest-image{display:block;position:relative;margin:0;padding:0;line-height:0}figure>.novashare-pinterest-image{height:100%;width:100%}body .wp-block-image .novashare-pinterest-image+figcaption{display:block}body .novashare-pinterest-image-button{opacity:0;transition:.3s;position:absolute;height:18px;max-height:18px;width:auto!important;padding:10px;cursor:pointer;background:#c92228;color:#fff;font-size:16px;line-height:18px;z-index:1;text-decoration:none;box-sizing:content-box;top:50%;left:50%;transform:translate(-50%,-50%)}body .novashare-pinterest-image-button:hover{background:#b51f24}body .novashare-pinterest-image-button:visited{color:#fff}body .novashare-pinterest-image:hover .novashare-pinterest-image-button{opacity:1}body .novashare-pinterest-image-button svg{width:18px;height:18px;vertical-align:middle;pointer-events:none}

Finishing your raw edges with double fold bias tape makes it look neat and professional and is often used for quilting, armholes, necklines and decorative finishes. Here are 2 methods of how to sew double fold bias tape.  You can use store purchased tape or make your own with a bias maker using my easy how to make bias tape tutorial. The advantage of making your own bias tape is that you can use pretty patterned fabrics to coordinate with your sewing projects.

How to Sew Double Fold Bias TapePinHow to Sew Double Fold Bias Tape

Contents

What is Double Fold Bias Tape?How to Sew Double Fold Bias Tape TutorialMethod 1 – Fast and EasyMethod 2 – Old School and ProfessionalHow to Sew Double Fold Bias Tape: Overlapping & FinishingHow to Overlap Bias TapeSewing Double Fold Bias Tape on EndsMore Articles on Bias Tape

What is Double Fold Bias Tape?

Double fold bias tape is a fabric that is cut on the diagonal (the bias) and then pressed into quarters along its length. It can be used for decorative purposes or to finish an otherwise raw edge. If you look in your cupboard you are bound to see several tops and dresses with double fold bias necklines and armholes.

If you look at the double fold bias, you can see that the raw ends are folded inside.

single fold vs double fold bias tapesingle fold vs double fold bias tapePinDouble Fold Bias Tape vs Single Fold Bias Tape

The most commonly used width is ½ inch (12mm) double fold bias tape. ¼ inch (6mm) widths are commonly used in bias bound seams.

Further Reading:Types of bias tape

How to Sew Double Fold Bias Tape Tutorial

Here is a YouTube video I made for you on how to make sew double fold bias tape. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel for weekly sewing videos.

How to Sew Double Fold Bias Tape VIDEO

Method 1 – Fast and Easy

I’m not sure you would call this cheating but it is certainly the fastest way to sew bias tape. I would generally use it on a straight or very slightly curved edge. If you have an edge that is tightly curved or small and fiddly then you will get better results with method 2.

Notice how one side of the bias tape is wider than the other. Open tape up in half so the wider edge is on the bottom.

Now simply slip the bias over the fabric so the raw edges are sandwiched in the middle. Pin the bias in place from the top (narrower) edge.

Stitch it in place. Because the bottom edge is wider it should be caught in all the way along. Easy isn’t it?

how to sew double fold bias tapehow to sew double fold bias tapePin

Method 2 – Old School and Professional

So what do you do when you have a fiddly edge to bind or you want a foolproof professional finish? This will take you a little longer, but the results can be worth it.

Open up your double fold bias so that the wrong side is facing up. Pin the WIDER side to the wrong side of your project with the raw edges matching. I like to place my pins vertically to the edges as it holds the tape in place nicely.

Stitch along the folded edge of the tape closest to the edge.

how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-2how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-2Pin

Flip your project over so it is right-side up on your table.

how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-3how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-3Pin

Wrap the bias tape over the raw edge and fold it over.  The folded edge should just cover the row of stitches. Make sure it lies smoothly and is not pulled or wrinkled.  Pin it in place.

how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-4how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-4Pin

Now on the right side, stitch close to the open edge of the bias. This will catch in the underneath of the bias. Don’t forget to remove those pins! Just beautiful!

how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-6how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-6Pin

How to Sew Double Fold Bias Tape: Overlapping & Finishing

How to Overlap Bias Tape

If you are sewing something circular for example a bound neck or armhole you will want a seamless overlap. Use this simple technique to hide where the double fold bias binding overlaps.

Where you start, fold the end over by ½ inch (12mm). It is always best to start somewhere the join will not be noticed. 

how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-9how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-9Pin

When you get back to where you started just overlap the ends by ½ inch (12mm). The top end should be flat and not folded over like the underneath piece.

how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-10how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-10Pin

Sewing Double Fold Bias Tape on Ends

If you need to bind the end of your project simply fold the end over by ½ inch (12mm). Then stitch and sew the bias as normal.

how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-11how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-11Pin

When you fold the bias over the ends will be neatly tucked inside.

how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-12how-to-sew-double-fold-bias-12Pin

Do you have any extra tips on how to sew double fold bias tape? Which method do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!

TRY YOUR SKILLS ON: Heidi Dress Sewing Pattern or Sophia Top Pattern

girls clothes patternsgirls clothes patternsPinDouble Fold Bias on Clothing

More Articles on Bias Tape

How to Make Bias Tape with a Bias MakerHow to Make Bias Tape with no Special ToolsHow to Sew Single Fold Bias TapeHow to Sew Double Fold Bias TapeHow to Make Continuous Bias TapeHow to sew Mitred Square Corners with Bias TapeTypes of Bias TapeBias Bound SeamHong Kong FinishSewing Bias TapeHow to Sew a V Neck with Bias Tape

4.8/5 – (30 votes)