testing a new tool. (+ bias tape tutorial)


applique iron


I picked up a mini iron this week for a project I’m working on, and I’m surprised how much I like it already–she is surprisingly effective!


I splurged on the upgraded model with the safety guard, which was a good call. I can be a klutz and so any risk reduction in that area is probably worthwhile, especially since I still managed to singe myself on the hot holder on day 1. Watch out for that too.


Here’s a quick tutorial for double fold bias tape since I was just cranking some out. To be honest, I wouldn’t have thought this iron would give me such a great crease on something like this, but it turns out that it does just the trick. I’m a convert.



To make 1″ double fold tape, start with 1-7/8″ strips cut on the bias. Join with diagonal seam and press open.


diagonal seam


Feed the tape through a bias tape maker (#25 for this particular size) WRONG side UP and press folds in place as she comes out.


first fold_carolyn friedlander


To make it double fold, bring one side up so that folded edges are about 1/8″ apart. Press in place.


double fold bias_carolyn friedlander


Ta-dah. Jazz something up with your own custom binding. I’m always a fan of that.

And I’m apparently a real sucker for this ledger print in that bias-trim-scenario, see here and here.


architextures double fold bias tape_carolyn friedlander




2 Responses to testing a new tool. (+ bias tape tutorial)

  1. Linda H. April 14, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I’ve been a quilter for years and haven’t yet bought a mini iron. Perhaps it’s time to do so. Seems it would be real handy for foundation paper-piecing too, though I like to use my mini wall paper for “finger-pressing.” Your bias tape is pretty, but that’s because your fabrics are divine!

  2. carolynfriedlander April 15, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Thanks Linda! Yeah, it’s surprisingly handy!!

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