But this also got me thinking - if others could do this with their fabric scraps, why not just invest in the tools and try my hand at doing it with my own fabric scraps?! So I ordered a 12mm bias tape maker and decided to give it a try.
this is a clever method. Since I had a funky shape and I wanted to use up scrap fabric, I decided to go with a more traditional approach that maximized the shape I had.
I took a corner scrap from my #2 Veronika circle skirt and trimmed it up to a 15" triangle, then cut 1 inch strips on the bias, stitched them together, and trimmed the excess.
I ended up with about 2.5 yards of tape from this little 15" triangle and only a couple slivers of wasted fabric.
Then it was time to pull out the iron & use my new tool. I ordered a Dritz 1/2 inch bias tape maker from amazon, which is actually a Prym 12mm one. Weirdly, if you order a Prym with Prym packaging, it is considerably more expensive. I have subsequently read that Clover bias tape makers are better & I think I will try them for other sizes.
I cut 1 inch strips for my tape and I don't know how the math/magick works out, but I think to make better 1/2" single fold it would be better to add another 1/8" to the strip - strangely some width is lost in the fold and I think my tape would have been better starting with ever-so-slightly wider strips.
I didn't starch the strips at any time through the process, which also might have made it fold and press more easily, but I often find prefabricated bias tape a bit crunchy, so I was wondering how it would turn out sans starch.
Depending on the fabric, it could be a boon to temporarily stiffen up the strips for pressing, so I might invest in some spray starch. As you can see - the crease in the finished product isn't very crisp, but it's still clear enough that I could use it to finish and edge quite nicely.
I am excited to use this tape in an upcoming project and continue to experiment with perfecting my bias tape productions skills. I love the sustainability of using fabric scraps and the customization, uniqueness, and improved fabric quality options that come with making your own.