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Bias Tape Crafts: Beautify the Bath

Fashion meets function in this easy-to-make, customizable fabric trim.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2007

Introduction

A patterned trim can tie together almost any assortment of colored towels.

Learn Bias Tape Basics before you start.

materials

  • Hand Towel

  • Bath Towel

  • 2 inch bias tape and tape maker

  • Scissors

steps

  1. Cut off towel's hems.

  2. Using a 2-inch bias-tape maker, create two strips of fabric that span the width of the towel, allowing 1/2 inch on each end for finishing.

  3. Use the one-step binding method to attach trim, beginning and ending with a fold-over finish. Topstitch ends closed 1/8 inch from folded edge.

  4. Using scissors or shears, cut two 8-inch-wide strips of fabric on the bias that span the width of the towel, allowing 1/2 inch on each end for finishing.

  5. Fold raw edges of fabric so they meet in the center back, and press with an iron to create single-fold bias tape. Fold in half lengthwise again, and press.

  6. Continue as with hand towel.

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