Here's the finished bag. I love the way it turned out. The pattern called for a light interfacing, and a package of 1/2 inch bias tape (also known as binding). Most packages contain 3-4 yards (but I used about 5 yards on this bag). I wanted the bag to have more body so, what's in the bag! Instead of light interfacing, I used a light cotton batting (batting is used for quilts). Don't use thick batting unless you quilt the fabric before you cut the pattern pieces out. Otherwise, your bag will not turn out correctly.
1. Strip Method~
Take a strip of fabric. The example here is 7" by the length of the fabric.
Fold your fabric over.
The second method and the method I prefer.~ A fabric needs to be made in to a square of your desired fabric and cut from corner to corner. (For the bag above, I made my square 20" and had about 7 yards of bias tape.) Fabric is right side up. I placed a pin on the top and bottom of the square because it makes it easier to understand placement of fabric when your moving it around. Take the bottom triangle
Fold over top piece (right sides together) and sew a 1/4" seam.
Press seams open and place fabric wrong side up. Draw 1/4" seam allowance lines at top and bottom. Measure out desired width and draw lines. (For this project, I cut the strips 2" wide.) Place a pin on the first line drawn (top) and place a pin on the second line drawn (bottom).
Take your scissors and cut on drawn lines. You will now have a continuous strip.
How to Determine the width of your bias tape:
The way I determine the width of by double bias tape is very simple:
Width needed for project X 4 = width of cut strips
For this bag I needed
1/2" double bias tape X 4 = 2" (width of cut strips)
I hope you have enjoyed me sharing this project along with some tips on how to make your own bias tape. You don't have to follow the pattern exact. If you have any questions, please ask. Thanks!