I recently sold a piece on Etsy and I needed a clean way to cover the back stitches. I’ve experimented in the past with different ways to do this and decided to share the best way with ya’ll!
Here’s how to do it.
Finished work and embroidery hoop
Figure out how big your hoop is, either by measuring or by looking on the hoop itself for a number.
If you are measuring your hoop, use the inside hoop and measure from the outside of the wood.
Now depending on what equipment you have you can either draw out the circle by tracing it, create it in Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign or use a few of the standard templates I’ve provided (download at the bottom).
I prefer to use a heavy paper but copy paper works just fine. In the top picture, I recycled and used a brown paper grocery bag (I really like how that one turned out). Cut out your circle.
*Bonus Tip: If you use a brown paper bag, iron it first so it will lay flat.
Now it is time to decorate the back if you want. Stamp your logo, write a sweet note, or leave it blank (I added my logo to the back when I made my template in Illustrator). I have also provided you with a few templates as well (download at the bottom).
Now flip your work over and position the circle where you want it. Use a glue stick to glue it to the back of the fabric.
Now put the work back into the hoop, pulling it tight as you go.
Tighten hoop and cut off excess fabric.
If you want the work to be permanent, you can glue the fabric around the edges of the hoop.
And that’s it! Simple huh?
Bias tape is a strip of fabric, cut on the bias and is used in binding.
To be cut on the bias means the fabric is cut on a 45 degree angle. Being cut this way make the bias tape stretchier and easier to drape compared to a strip that is cut on the grain.
The two types I’m going to tell you how to make are Quilt Binding and Single fold.
Quilt binding is typically used in quilt making and allows the tape to be sewn on without showing hardly any stitches.
Single Fold binding is used in a variety of projects and clothing. The process for sewing single fold is different and often times stitching is shown.
Cutting the Fabric
1. With wrong side of fabric facing up and the selvage edge at the bottom, fold the bottom right corner up as shown in the diagram.
2. Fold the top right corner down to meet the bottom of fold.
3. Rotate the fabric on your cutting board so that the bottom folded edge lines up with a cutting line.
4. Trim away 1/8″ of the edge.
*From here the you are going to cut strips. The with of the strips depends on what kind of bias you’re making (quilt binding or single fold) and how big you want your bias tape to be.
Assembling the Bias Tape
1. After your strips are cut you will need to sew them together. With right sides together place two ends of the strips together as shown in the diagram. Pin and sew where the dashed line is.
2. Trim away excess fabric.
3. Press Seams out.
Ironing the Bias into Single or Double Fold
Easier than double fold. Simply fold in half, wrong sides together, and iron.
I would suggest investing in one of these
However there are still ways to make it without a slider. The Scientific Seamstress has a free printable version
I have two upcoming projects using both of these types of bias tape. Stay tuned!