I think I have to give my Mom credit for this idea because I vaguely remember her mentioning it. That said, the cobwebs around the idea make me think I have been carrying this one around in my back pocket for a while! But, when Photochrome Petals by Julie Creus of La Todera landed, I knew I had found the right fabric. Bright, playful and full of hot colors, this collection is a great stash builder for those of you who have a soft spot for vibrant hues.
I have got some mental block, when it comes to bias tape. I have a big stash from my Grandma Pearl that she didn’t get to use in her 90+ years of sewing quilts, aprons and hot pads (among other things!) that I have nearly moved through, and I do pick it up from time to time at thrift stores because they always have grab bags of 5-10 colors for 1.99! I use it bind seams inside dop kits, on hot pads and other small projects. However, when I sew a quilt, I just can’t use pre-made bias tape or pre-made binding. I don’t know what it is. I guess a little piece of it is that making bias tape or binding at home is SO easy if you have a tool (I have a Clover one and this is not product placement!! My Mom gave it to me and I just LOVE it!) And, it’s so fun to custom select fabrics that match (or contrast) with the quilt and it gives quilts a little extra special character. So, after years of making bias tape and binding, I have quite a few odd sized smaller pieces and I have been puzzling about what to do with them. This project answers that question and is just a fun small project to add a little flare to some shoes.
Now, to the directions.
PS–There are many great tutorials out there for how to make bias tape. Several do a continuous loop, so you avoid sewing each piece together. Those are very nice, too. Here is a link to my favorite one from Colette Patterns. I guess I don’t mind stitching each segment because even though I have done these other methods, I always go back to my old way!! If you have a large quantity to make, I think the continuous loop method that Colette Patterns describes is probably REALLY helpful.