October 11 Scrap Buster ~ Patchwork String or Bias Tape

on October 11 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 52 Comments

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Patchwork String by Mai, mairuru

We asked Mai about her fantastic patchwork string and patchwork bias tape. She created a tutorial for you and she’s giving away two bags with patchwork string. Visit the tutorial for your chance to win at mairuru.

Have you made patchwork bias tape? Do you have favorite related pictures, links or tutorials? Add them to the comments!

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52 Responses to October 11 Scrap Buster ~ Patchwork String or Bias Tape

  1. Billie says:

    I love this project, pretty to wrap packages. Thanks!

  2. laura says:

    I have been wanting to do this for quilt binding for a while. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I love this idea! What a great binding for a scrappy quilt.

  4. Carrie says:

    I need to make this project!

  5. Krista says:

    So much prettier withe hand running-stitch! I made some ties for an envelope pillow back using the same folding method, but with a machine stitched line. You can see it here: http://poppyprintcreates.blogspot.com/2009/09/la-tour-eiffel.html
    It just decorates the pillow back a little bit and makes it pretty like the front, too!

  6. Jessica says:

    That’s so cool! I’m going to make some tonight

  7. Leesa says:

    This is a lovely way to wrap a gift. I must try this idea.

  8. Jenny says:

    Oh my goodness! I love those! So many possibilities just popped into my head for those!


  9. Jingle says:

    This looks so cute all sewn together! You could use if for so many things, too!

  10. Kris says:

    Wow is right! I just bookmarked a bunch of Mai’s other tutorials too. I think I’ll have to do this one first, though. Thanks so much for all the great links!

  11. Ramona says:

    Sweet patchwork string.

  12. Becky says:

    Mai is amazing! I love her blog and stories! This weekend I made some drawstrings from her instructions. Easy!

  13. katie says:

    Wow — a new blog to explore! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I keep every.little.bit because I heart fabric and can’t bear to throw any of it away. So some of the little bits can join forces and become strings! and bias tape! Fun fun fun!

  14. Nichole says:

    How beautiful and what a great idea !

  15. jm says:

    great idea!

  16. Robyn says:

    That is perfect for all the really little scraps I can never get rid of… though I don’t think I’m going to do it by hand! 🙂

  17. LisaCorrie says:

    This is awesome! Bias tape for something other than quilting! I think I will make my boys some pj bottoms with the patchwork string! Thank you for stirring up the imagination!

  18. Laura says:

    ooooh, this would be so cute as hairbows for my little girls. Besides, they’re always looking for ribbons and string for their OWN craft projects… Guess I’m going to have to go make some scrappy ones…..

  19. Rochelle says:

    Lovely idea for scraps!

  20. Kimberly A says:

    How cute. I love the patchwork look and you can use it for all sorts of things. Thanks for the tute.

  21. Leslie Newton says:

    This is such a great idea. I can’t stand to through any scrap away. I have started some Crazy quilting squares to use up my scraps and to have a portable quilting project.

  22. Candice says:

    Very clever- thank you!

  23. Christine says:

    this is such a cool idea and so simple in its execution.

  24. Grace Wong says:

    I love mai’s tutorials!

  25. Krystina says:

    What a pretty piece of string!

  26. jackie says:

    lovely bias tape! i can think of many ways i will be using this.

  27. Christine Bolin says:

    Great idea!

  28. Sherrie Smith says:

    This is a great idea.

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve been wondering how to make something like this 🙂

  30. Kerneknop says:

    Really cute idea – love the mix of fabrics.

  31. jaya says:

    beautiful handmade ribbon. especially cute with plain linen as she did on her blog. love her fabrics!

  32. Susan says:

    Great tutorial! I’m going to do this with Christmas fabric to make ribbons for wrapping.

  33. Gretchen says:

    How simple, and how beautiful! I am REALLY going to use this tute. Thank you!

  34. suzi says:

    this would be cute to make a wider piece and use around the edge of a quilt or baby blanket.

  35. Maryellen says:

    I love this. I just can’t throw out those bits and pieces. Great use of otherwise useless scraps!

  36. Sherry says:

    I think that this is the best one yet! What a great idea. I’m very inspired.

  37. Kym says:

    Isn’t her work wonderful? I’m constantly amazed that she can make so much by hand sewing.

  38. Adrienne says:

    Love this idea. Thanks for sharing it! =]

  39. Maria says:

    I absolutely LOVED Mairuru’s work on her blog.

    I am now working on pillows for our sofa and some bags and pouches.

    Love your site too!

    Cheers from Toronto

  40. Steph Wehrman says:

    I wonder if I have the patience to make something that cute!!!

  41. Kaye Prince says:

    This is so great – I can’t wait to test it out!

  42. jennsquared says:

    This is a great way to use up all my scrap! Thank you so much!

  43. jennsquared says:

    This is an awesome way to use up all the scraps I have! I love it!

  44. Ellen says:

    Love this tutorial. Definitely going into my sewing queue.

  45. Leisel says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to make and use some!

  46. PJS says:

    this is such a great idea, i love it!

  47. Andrea says:

    I love this!

  48. april says:

    Wow. And they’re handsewn? I think I’ll try some as package ties for holiday gifts.

  49. Bean says:

    I just have to be a stickler here, while that patchwork binding is gorgeous, and one of my own favorite scrap busting ideas you’ve posted this month – it is NOT bias tape. Bias tape is cut “on the bias” (on the diagonal) and it’s pretty near impossible to make from scraps. <3

  50. Kim says:

    what a great idea! who couldn’t use some extra cute scrappy string! I might just start wrapping gifts if I had cute stuff like that to use 🙂

  51. Nicole N. says:

    This is perfect, I was just looking for a fun bias tape online and now I realize I can make my own and really add some personality to my work! Thanks!

  52. grace says:

    Love this idea! Going to check out the tutorial. Thanks.

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