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Monday, June 25, 2012

Travel quilt

Top Tip from the Sew Daily Archives: My Favorite Trick for Cutting Bias Strips

I was looking through the Sew Daily archives recently and saw that this post from early January 2012 was one of the most viewed to date. It's such a time-saving tip for bias strips that I had to share it again:

brilliant method for cutting bias strips lickety-split:

1. Cut a square of the fabric you want to use to make bias strips. I use the entire width of the fabric.

2. Fold the fabric in half, matching two opposite corners, like a napkin.

Steps 1 and 2

3. Bring each lower corner to the center, so that they are overlapping, and your fabric now resembles an envelope.

Step 3

4. Fold the fabric in half again, bringing the right side to the left. Your fabric now looks like half of a house.
Steps 4 and 5

5. Cut perpendicular to the last fold, cutting across in strips. When you unfold the strips, they will be on the bias. Tada!

P.S. John has this monstrous scissor machine that can cut through the thickest of home dec fabric. For home sewists, this technique works best with a rotary cutter.

Sunday, June 10, 2012