I woke up this morning with one thing on my mind: bias strips! I have been avoiding starting the next block of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore” because the basket is made up of what seems like miles and miles of skinny bias strips. Well! Today seems like a good day to get started!!
I usually make bias stems with my Clover 1/4″ bias maker. But the strips in the basket are skinnier than 1/4″ so I will use my bias bars. I have 3 different sets of bars. I love (and use) them all! For this particular project, I will use Perfect Stems by Karen Kay Buckley.
This is how I make my bias strips. (It is not an exact science!)
First I figure out what size bar to use. These bars are a little on the thick side so I always choose a bar that is skinnier than what the pattern shows.
I cut my strips on the bias. (I know that seems obvious, but I had to say it!) How wide I cut them depends on the size of the bias bar. You should to be able to wrap the fabric around the bar and have enough extra fabric to hold onto. I usually leave an extra 1/2 inch.
I place the bias bar underneath the presser foot. Then I carefully lower the needle and then stitch along the side of the bar. Did you know that you can actually sew through these bars and it does not harm the machine…or the bias bars? The needle is a different story! The tube of fabric should fit snugly around the bar. I always use a contrasting thread in my machine.
Trim the extra seam allowance as close to the stitching as you dare!
The contrasting thread is helpful in determining how far away your scissors are from the stitch line! It works most of the time!
I twist the fabric tube around so that the seam is next to the flat side of the bias bar. Next I spray it with starch and iron it flat.
I remove the bias bar and press the strip again to make sure it is flat.
If you are not ready to use the bias strip yet, you can wrap it around an empty paper towel roll or you can glue it in place!
It’s time to dress the Civil War Bride! I took the liberty of auditioning different hairstyles for her and decided on this one…
Til next time……