scrub a dub washcloth and bias tape tutorial

so this is like two tutorials in one. wowzas! the first part is the bias tape, and then comes the washcloth. fun stuff. here we go!

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first off, here is a picture showing what the bias is…basically diagonally across your fabric. (sorry if you knew that, but i didn’t for a loong time) you’ll want to cut strips in whatever width you would like from your fabric. a big quilting ruler and rotary cutter helps, but i’ve done it with scissors and a plastic ruler too.

here are your two strips.

place one strip face up, and the other face down (aww they’re kissing)

make sure they are lined up with something straight (a line?)…not like mine. anyways, you want them to be like this. (i’m bad at explaining this) it makes more sense in the next picture.

take a ruler and draw a line from corner to corner like so.

sew on the line.

trim down edges (sorry for blurry pic)

trim off overflap edges. (yes, technical term) now, tada! you’re done with your bias tape!

the rest of the tutorial is for the washcloths, but it’s handy if you want to see how bias tape gets put on, so you should look at the rest. because i said so.

i cut my terry cloth into 9 inch squares,

rounded off the edges…and..

starting in the middleish of one side, pin bias tape along the edges, right side down. continue around, the corners won’t give you any trouble. the beauty of bias tape!

when you get to the end (start?) pin your two pieces together as close to the terry cloth as you can..
sew along the pin,
finger press open, and pin as well.

it should look like this now…

now flip it over

and tuck the tape over once,

and once more, then pin. repeat all around.

see? cutting it on the bias makes it hug the curves ohh so nicely!

sew around…and then tada! you’re finished. let me know if you have any questions!

and now, lather. rinse. repeat.

haha. couldn’t resist.

this tutorial was featured on craft gossip!

p.s. i’ve had a lot of questions about how i got my blog titles in that oh so cute font. well, i made it up.

hah. just kidding.

i used this tutorial, and if i can do it, so can you!

***If you have used any of my tutorials, I’d love if you’d add a quick pic to my flicker group! Thanks!***


  1. you ROCK! thanks so much! it really helps to see a visual of bias tape. super easy but my brain always messes it up. thanks again!

  2. Those are so pretty! I just found your blog via a link from CraftGossip to this project. I’m so glad I cam over, it’s fabulous here! I’d love to link to this if you didn’t mind.

  3. What a fun tutorial! Bias tape…so easy with the pics!! Thanks

  4. So very very cute! I am going to make these!

  5. Okay, that made bias tape making seem sooooo much less intimidating! :)

  6. I hope to be able to try this some time. This would make a great baby shower gift. So much cuter than the store bought ones.

  7. hey, this is great! I’ve been needing some bias tape to finish a project, but haven’t been able to get to the fabric store… i’m new to sewing, so this is super helpful! thanks! i love the washcloth too, i might have to try that! :)

  8. Thank you so much for showing such detail for not only making but attaching bias tape! I do a lot of sewing but avoid bias tape like the plague, now it finally makes sense, THANK YOU! Yay! I’ll definitely be linking to you when I use your instructions…

  9. these are so sweet! they’d make great gifts!

  10. Love it! I am making a quilt right now for our youngest and this will help me w/the edging that I am putting around it!

    Thanks, I love all of your tutorials!!! Can’t wait to get home and do some!! Tomorrow!!

  11. Awesome tutorial!! My neighbour just had a baby and I think that I will whip up a few washclothes to add to the gifts for the new addition. Thanks!

  12. Thank you for the cute idea. How wide did you cut your bias tape in the wash cloth above?

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