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Bias Tape Crafts: Entertaining Extras

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

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2007


This summery runner is 86 inches long; you can add or subtract leaves, depending on the length of your table. Handmade napkins can coordinate with either linens or tableware.

Learn Bias Tape Basics before you start.


  • Sewing Kit

  • 1/2-inch-wide single-fold bias tape

  • Scissors


  1. Using our leaf template, cut 27 leaves from linen (we used celadon, mint, and lemon).

  2. Use a 1/2-inch-wide strip of store-bought single-fold bias tape and the one-step binding method to create a border along one side of each leaf, from tip to tip. There is no need to finish the tape's ends.

  3. Bind the opposite side of each leaf with a separate length of bias tape, covering raw edges at tips with an overlap finish.

  4. Arrange leaves in desired pattern; pin, and hand-stitch together.

  5. Cut out a 13-inch square linen napkin. With scissors, round edges.

  6. Beginning on a straight side, bind napkin with 1/2-inch-wide handmade single-fold bias tape (we used striped fabric). Complete with an overlap finish.

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