I've seen those nifty bias tape makers, the basic one like this -
to the high speed ones like this -
I don't have either of these, however. I DO have an iron though! So, I was a little intimidated, but I checked out this tutorial from my favorite crafty blog, MADE , and went from there.
I started here, with the selvage edges together...
I then folded it over into a big triangle...
..marked a 3" strip..
..and cut, with the help of some Angry Birds and my 4 year old. : )
This was probably the hardest part, making the strips line up with each other. In the tutorial it says that the strips need to make a 90 degree angle, but I still had a little trouble.
I had to do a little seam ripping on this one.
And then I had to take a break to clean up jello hands : )
On to ironing. After I sewed all the 3" strips together and pressed the seams (either right or left), I pressed it in half the long way. The hot dog way, if you will.
After pressing it in half, I folded and pressed one side up far enough to meet the middle crease. The other side I also pressed but not quite as close to the middle crease. This leaves the one side a little longer when sewing the binding on, so you'll more easily be able to catch the under side that you won't be able to see. I also clipped the corners from when I sewed the 3" strips together.
After all the ironing (this took me the better part of an hour), I have BIAS TAPE! Woo!
I then pinned the tape all around the edges of my purse. And when I say pinned, I mean PINNED. I must have stabbed myself a dozen times. I'm sure my son was wondering what the heck I was doing.
Then I began sewing it, inch by inch. It didn't shift much, and with the one longer side, I didn't miss any portion of it on the other side. Although, the next time I do this, the longer side will just be a hair longer, not an 1/8" longer, as I had made it. I didn't need that much extra at all.
And that is my adventure with bias tape! Not nearly as scary as I thought.
After putting the grommets on, and tying on the bamboo handles, I was finally finished! I really like how this turned out, despite all the pink. I may learn to like pink. : )