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Tutorial: Putting on Bias Tape by taeliac Tutorial: Putting on Bias Tape by taeliac
Tutorial dedicated to ~MedeaHiasobi

Done for a cosplay reference thing, and many people probably know this already (another case of having the camera around while shooting the zipper tutorial.

But, it is still useful - I really kind of cringe when I see people with beautiful outfits, but then they just tack the bias tape on the top (it's even worse when they don't even use bias tape, and just use strips of fabric regularly *shivers*)

It really is a very quick thing to do, and takes as much effort (and time) as top stitching it in place does, so why not do it the nicer way? That's my theory, at least.

So, I hope someone out there finds this useful, and not too confusing ;P I'll try to make a tutorial on how to make your own bias tape, but that's something easily found in most sewing books, so... yeah... let me know if you'd like it done, though, so I know.

2008 `taeliac ~ Samantha Lemieux ~ Taeliac Studio Cosplay
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Given 2011-12-28
MiniiSparkles Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh , so THAT 's how , omfg , makes so much more sense now . Thank you so much ! xD
taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, no problem! It totally messed with my mind when I first learned how it worked, too ;P
Sixwing Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, this is going to come in handy. :D
Celyddon Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I wanted to ask--may we repost this to our podcast tutorial page? We would give you all credit and link back to this tutorial. I love this and would like to share it with our listeners.

Amber, host of CosPod
Isa-Lacrymosa Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial :D I was always wondering how to use bias tape...
Kiwi-n-mangos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i find this tutorial rather bias lol
bluecatqueen Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011   Traditional Artist
This is handy! I don't sew an awful lot, and haven't ever used real bias tape (I've done quilt binding, but I think I just used folded over fabric that I had already used in the quilt, and did the second side by hand.) I'm adding this to my favorites for future reference, since I never know what my next project will be.
blanchstar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It really helped a lot. Here's the skirt I made with the help of this tutorial: [link]
&& congrats on the DD!
AerithReborn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love this tutorial. It has saved me so many times and TOTALLY deserves a DD. Congrats!
Warriorfanatic99 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
This is so cool!
Wydra-abr-draumar Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
handy, thanks. ^.^
StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Remember that "odd coincidence" theory I had about your tutorials showing up just before I need them?

Welp. Was just researching bias tape for an upcoming cosplay. XD
bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional
very helpful
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
So that's what that stuff is called! :dummy: Now I know what I'm looking for. 'Cept I'm still not sure what it is in Norwegian.... To date I've just been folding my fabrics over each other in ever more creative ways of hiding seams, because I couldn't find anything like this in stores here.
mizzhanson Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful tutorial!
WallofIllusion Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ooh. I'm going to need bias tape for an upcoming costume and this is helpful.
ScarletDevil1503 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! Congrats on the DD. :iconbwavoplz:

DeceitOfTheMind Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Great tutorial! This is incredibly useful, thank you so much. :hug:
FreckleOnMyPalm Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is a nice refresher for me on how to use bias tape properly, it's been a while since I've made any costumes but I whole-heartedly agree that this is something important for people to know and execute properly! Really nice, easy to understand tutorial^^
Waterbenderbunny Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
This is very useful--I've never used bias tape before. I have a question though--is it only for edges? Or can it be used for general trim? I'm a relatively novice sewer (I'm one of those people that generally just "sews it on" haha). I'm making a Madoka cosplay and bought red bias tape for those strips on her outfit. Is that going to work or should I use something else for that? I'm going to use the same bias tape for the edges of the petals on her skirt (and this tutorial is immensely helpful in regards to that, thanks again!!)
shi-neko Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Heya! This tutorial is great - I've used it on more than one occasion. I was wondering, though, if you had plans for making a bias tape mitering tutorial at all, since that's what's tripped me up the most with bias tape personally (my corners! They are so ugly :( ). Just wondering! Thanks for this tutorial!
HeartlessAquarius Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student General Artist
This is awesome!
TracieMacVean Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou you so much for this tut! I have been silly (and now feeling a little stupid) and making my corsets with ribbon edging or just sewing the bias tape on without actually unfolding it. Luckily I read this when I did otherwise my new corset will look silly like all the others! I will definately use your tips!
muchandquick Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
My mind is completely blown. You have saved me from sloppily top-stitching my bias tape in place and now my costume's details will be like unto A GOD. Thank you so much for an excellent tutorial!
Kitsune-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
do you use this on everything or is it just for certain things? *confused*
JennieBart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
This is brilliant, and will be EXTREMELY helpful when I attempt (*cough* >.> ) a Trinity Blood cosplay - looksl ike everything is outlined in bias tape! -_-;

Favourited this - will definitely be referring to this oh, a GAJILLION times! Thank you SO much! <3
Kirato-kun Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
ah so thats how you use bias tape.... id better start doing it that way rather than just... sewing it around the edges >,>;

cheers for this ;D
parisi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Thank you for laying this out in such an easy-to-understand way! I never quite understood the stitch-in-the-ditch thing until now!
CDSH Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Student General Artist
So THAT'S what bias tape is for!
...And here I was, spending countless minutes making borders with normal fabric... *facepalm*

Thank you so much for this tutorial! ^o^;
kerttukitty Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Wow, I'm fairly new to cosplaying, and now I can see how I butchered the bias tape on one of my costumes.. and I dunno if I can fix it now, but I'm definitely saving this tutorial for the future! Thanks!
StudioDisarray Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing! :)
Random-Panic-Society Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I can totally use this for one of my costumes! Thanks so much!
AguadeMar Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
wow I did not know this trick! :star: well I'm just an amateur but this is of great help :la:
luckycyberbunny Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG THANK YOU for making this. I have been ignoring bias tape and not using it for ever. Thank you SO much!!
taeliac Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, it's definitely a handy thing to have around, and really nice to finish things off (except, as a warning, using satin bias tape around corners is the biggest pain in the butt you'll ever come across... I just finished an outfit where I had to do that, and it was more of a pain than anything I've done in the last year or more!)

:glomp: I'm always happy to help!!
luckycyberbunny Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously, you have no clue how much this helps! I used to just fold it over and sew it once lol and it would look crappy
Puzzle-Kid Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
This tutorial is great! I've been looking for something like this! Thank you so much for making it! ^_^ Just wondering, can all of this be done by hand? I'm to poor to afford a sewing machine so. XD I've been sewing by hand for a year now but I have always been wondering how people so bias tape on with out the seams/stitching showing! O_o I'm trying to make a shirt for a friend of mine who's going as a character that would use bias tape on the shirt and I'm trying to figure out how to put it on. I still have a lot to learn about how to sew it on because it's still kind of confusing for me and it's my first time. But thanks for the tutorial! It really cleared things up for me! ^_^ Sorry for the long comment btw! And I just have one more question, what is top stitching exactly? I might have to use that method for now until I learn how to actually sew bias tape on. Well, I'm sorry for my rambling! Thanks again!
taeliac Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I believe it actually may be *easier* to do by hand, if you do a more hidden stitch, called a slip stitch - [link] - you can get it done really fast, and it would look really nice!!

Hehe, ya know what? I've been sewing for about a decade now, and there is always more stuff to learn about it - how to do things different or better or faster or whatnot ;P It's kind of the nature of sewing - I just applaud you for sticking with it for a year with hand sewing! :glomp:
Puzzle-Kid Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Hi! I see, thank you for the link! ^_^ And I appreciate the pointers! :D

That's so cool. Yea, I find the nature of sewing very interesting! Aw, thank you so much! :glomp: That means a lot to me!

P.S. Sorry for bombarding your tutorial with a lot of the same comments! It wouldn't show them and so I wasn't sure if they got through or not. ^_^;
taeliac Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love helping how I can! And, sewing is very fun, once you get past a certain "I'm sick of working on this one thing for ages" point (for me, at least :D)

If you get stuck on anything in general, feel free to ask and I will definitely try to help how I can!~

And, no worries - I've done the same thing before, I definitely understand :giggle:
Puzzle-Kid Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Yea, I know what you mean! XD If anything, it's all worth the hard work in the end! :D

Aw, thank you! I really appreciate it! :hug: I'm sure you know a whole lot more than me by far! XD

Lol thanks for understanding! I hate when that happens. :noes: XD
Airashii-Enjuku Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
*falls* are you serious?! i have no idea what I've been doing all this time! Dx i fail. Thank you, this will come in handywhen I make my sa-loli cosplay.
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