Bias Tape or Binding – Single or Double Fold (Tutorial)

Bias-BindingOne of my learning goals for 2015 was bias binding. I love the rounded edges on small projects, above you can see the Flora supply case has a nice curve to accommodate a zipper closure. I purchased a bias tape maker a while back, and I’ve been using it to make my own bias tape for all these curve projects. By cutting the fabric on the bias {a 45° angle}, it will go around a curve, until fabric cut on the straight grain. But, it seems that when it comes to binding with bias or regular binding, the terms “Double Fold” and “Single Fold” have different meanings {at least to the modern quilter}. So, after a little web searching and checking some shops, I want t share the difference that I found. Let’s start with bias bindings:

Bias-TapeHere’s some bias tape, the top is double fold, the bottom is single fold. I made both of these bias tapes myself, by cutting the fabric on the bias, sewing it together, and then using a bias tape maker. The difference is, after the top take came out of the bias tape maker, I folded it in half again. So, for the top tape, if you wanted to purchase an equivalent, you’d buy 1/2″ double fold bias tape. For the bottom, you’d buy 1″ single fold bias tape.

Some projects that require bias tape {like finishing an applique} do not apply the bias tape to the edge of the product, therefore, single fold is all that is necessary {otherwise, there would be four layers of fabric appliqued on}. To read a more in depth tutorial on bias tape, visit Sew4Home, there’s is the best I’ve seen.

From what I can tell, bias tape and bias binding, when purchased from a large retailer {like JoAnn’s} are the same thing. However, for straight grain binding, double and single fold binding have different meanings. Let’s take a look:

BindingThe top is double fold binding. It is one strip of fabric folding in half in the middle. This is then sewn flat onto the quilted project and the folded edge is folded around to the back and stitched. You can read a great tutorial at Canoe Ridge Creations. Single fold binding has come to mean sewing an unfolded strip of fabric to the edge of a quilt, then wrapping the raw edge around to the back, tucking in the edge, and sewing in place {essentially folding it like double fold bias tape…see where the confusion begins?}. You can read a great tutorial on single fold binding here {I use this mini quilts and mug rugs}.

When it comes to binding a quilt, whether the fabric is cut straight grain or on the bias, more modern tutorials seem to agree that the double fold should refer to the folds shown directly above, both the Sew4Home tutorial referenced above and this Craftsy tutorial show even bias binding folded in half in the center.

binding-infoI think the usage of the same wording to mean different things is a little confusing. I’ll admit, I didn’t give it much thought until some questions came up from testers. So, here’s the info I found, I hope it helps clear things up {as much as they can be!}. Do you have any questions I can help answer?

The Flora Supply Case {Pattern Release}

flora supply caseI’m so excited to introduce the Flora supply case pattern today! I’ve been seeing all sorts of little cases for planner supplies for the past few months, and I’ve been wanting to make a cute one for myself, but have struggled to find the time. However, one of my birthday club friends also is a planner lover, so I made a case for her {it was so hard to keep it a secret for almost a month until she received it!}. Fortunately, writing the pattern coincided with my husband taking some days off of work, so I was able to finish it in record time {for me at least!}. And now it is available in the shop.

flora-supply-case-three-sizesInside the case are fabric pockets, mesh pockets, and a zipper pencil pouch. The pattern is in three sizes to coordinate with the three sizes of planners, but this case could be used for so many other purposes too. Sewing kit, art supplies, I’ve even had a couple people ask about diabetes supplies.

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One of the great things about this pouch too, is it’s construction allows for customization too. Several testers did not have mesh on hand {I used a laundry bag for mine}, so they used fabric for the mesh portion. A couple testers were not able to get the fold over elastic quickly, so I suggested using a piece of binding and threading narrow elastic through it for the top. One even used elastic thread to gather a fabric pocket. The possibilities are endless.

Linen-Flora-supply-caseThe front of the case also has lots of different options too, in addition to the mini charm squares.

flora-supply-case-ice-creamMy mom sent me this cute paper pieced ice cream cone {you can find the pattern for the ice cream cone}, and I made it into a supply case and I really love it.

If you’d like to see some of the great other versions of the case the testers and everyone else have made, click here to view the tag #florasupplycase on Instagram. Thanks for taking a moment to check out the pattern, I hope you enjoy it!

Coming Soon: the Flora supply case

Flora-supply-case-closedSummer has set in here, the temperatures are high and we went on a family vacation to Maine! Even though I’m trying to slow down a little bit this summer, I’ve still been working on a new pattern that I’m hoping to release next week {if I can keep squeezing it in amidst the day trips and adventures!}, it’s a little supply case I designed, inspired by some amazing pencil pouches I saw on Pinterest {because everything is inspired by something, right?!}.

flora-supply-case-insideThis particular one was a gift for a friend in our birthday club, since she loves planners like I do, there’s some planner goodies stuffed inside. However, some of my testers have stuffed theirs with sewing notions too. You can see a sampling of tester cases by searching the #florasupplycase on Instagram. I’ll be releasing this pattern at a special price too, so keep on the lookout as the sale won’t last long!

Thanks for taking a moment to stop by and take a peek, I’d love to know what you’d pack inside a case like this! Hope you’re having a wonderful summer {if it’s started for you yet}. We’re off to a local farm this morning, my children are always excited to be outside! While vacationing and driving, my oldest asked, “when are we going to do something fun, like go on a hike?” Love it!

Hexagon Making & Swap Gifts Made With Hexagons

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It’s really getting to be Summer, so I am going to show you what I have been working on. I am currently making a needle book and decided to make it using hexagons. I am using this Fiskars Tool to make my hexagon papers. This is a size Large and it makes 3/4″ hexagons. (I ordered it on Amazon) Smaller than any I have ever made before, but it’s easier than I thought. I found some paper in a drawer that was a little thicker than regular paper, I think it is card stock and it works perfectly. You could really use any paper you like though. It really was no trouble to cut them, I did one at a time.

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I will need 24 hexagons to make the needle book I am making. I will come back and show you the finished needle book when it is done.

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Next, I thought I would share some hexagons I got in the mail from an instagram friend, Katie, she even added a hexagon with Virginia on it, how clever! This was for a #hexieswap that I joined. We were to make hexagons and a bag or pouch of some kind to store our hexagons in. I just love them, the color palette is so fresh and pretty. (Sadly I did not take pictures of what I sent to my partner on my camera and can’t figure out how to get them from my iPad to my computer, or I would show you.) I have learned my lesson.

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Along with the hexagons this is what she sent me, a really cute zipper pouch with the cutest hexagon on the front, also in the same color palette.  It’s a great size to store lots of sewing things, I am going to use mine while traveling!!
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This little drawstring bag came from a #makeyourplannercuterswap,  which was also on instagram. I am pretty sure Jennie has written about this swap here before. These little swaps are so fun and oh so addicting. Jessica did an adorable job making this, we all used Jeni Baker’s  Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial found here.

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The last little bag made with a full side of hexagons is this Ellie Travel Case that is designed by Heidi of  Fabric Mutt, here is the link to make this case. It’s also super cute and made with darling fabric. It was from the same swap as the above bag. This case came from Alice all the way from the U.K. and I really love it.

I  wanted to highlight hexagons and how much fun they can be to make and use in gifts and many other projects. These projects weren’t originally designed with hexagons in mind but can be easily changed modified,  look how cute they turned out. I have some hexies to make so I will be back another day soon!!

 

 

Patchwork Bedside Basket

Fabirc-Basket-2I made a couple fabric basket’s using my Bedside Basket Tutorial {from almost 3 years ago?!} for my son’s preschool teachers this week, I had a lot of fun putting together some favorite fabrics in a combination I hadn’t used before. I posted this inspiration photo on Instagram:

Edit: I went with this bundle, so I deleted the rest for now!  Trying to mix colors for a new project...but not sure I've got it right...I love every print here, but I'm feeling like the blue (3rd from the bottom) doesn't quite flow, but I want to use it so bad! Thoughts?I mentioned that I was worried the colors weren’t quite flowing like I wanted them to, but that I really loved all the prints, a few people offered suggestions and I posted a few more bundle options. But, as I looked at my other choices, I became confident that these were the prints I wanted to use, and I’m so glad I did! I think they worked together really well!

Fabirc-Basket-3I used a solid print inside my basket, instead of patchwork like I had with the original, this came together much quicker {which is great, since I made them last minute, like I seem to do everything!}

Fabirc-Basket-1I sewed the sides and bottom like I had on my tutorial update, and I really like the shape it gives the basket too. Though, I did break two needles sewing through the bulk, maybe because I was in such a hurry.

I know one of the teachers is a sewer, but I thought baskets might be more multifunctional than a pouch or something. Now, we’re new to the teacher gift thing…what other kids of gifts have you given teachers? I’d love to know for future reference, as we have lots of school years ahead of us!