Easy way to apply bias tape to a v-neck tutorial

bias tape to a v-neckHave you ever wanted to apply a bias tape to a v-neck and did not know how?  This quick and easy tutorial will show you how to do this and is appropriate for woven and knit fabrics.

This kind of technique can be use when you do not want to sew a collar to your garment, making the garment lighter and easier to style –which is perfect for the warmer days of summer.


I am using calico fabric and cotton/poly bias tape for illustration purposes so you can see clearly what I am doing.  However, for better results please match the thread to the bias tape and the bias tape to the fabric.


Most patterns have a 5/8″ seam allowance, so the size of the bias tape is entirely your choice.  To keep with the pattern directions and to not alter the size of the neckline, sew a stay stitch line to 5/8″.  This will be your guideline on where to place the fold of the bias tape and it will also be a great help if you decided to make your own bias tape.  Please have a look at this tutorial for a review on how to make your own.

Start by taking the front side and stay stitch around the neckline to 5/8″.

bias tape to a v-neck Draw a line straight down the middle of the V.  This will be your cutting line.  This cut will allow the V to open so you will be able to sew the bias tape in a straight line.

bias tape to a v-neckCut the V to the point stopping 1/8″ before the stitching line.  The pins are just there to illustrate the 1/8″ measurement.  bias tape to a v-neck

If you are using a store bought bias tape, notice that one part is usually longer than the other as shown in the picture below.  Pin the shorter side of the tape to the right side of the fabric. bias tape to a v-neckPin the tape on top of the stay stitching line.

bias tape to a v-neckSew the tape and when you get to where you cut the V, straighten the fabric by pulling to the left and continue sewing.  Use the stitching line you made as a guide.bias tape to a v-neckbias tape to a v-neckContinue sewing the tape on a straight line making sure that when you pass by the the point where you made the cut (marked by the yellow arrow) you sew over the stay stitching line.

bias tape to a v-neck

Once you have finished sewing on the front side of the bias tape fold it back making sure the edge of the tape falls below the stitching line. bias tape to a v-neckSew very close to the fabric, taking special care on the point marked by the yellow arrow.  It is important to make sure you catch the tape on the back.bias tape to a v-neckTurn your work to the wrong side and fold the V-neck.  You will sew a straight line on the tape following the yellow arrow direction.

bias tape to a v-neckbias tape to a v-neckFlatten the little triangle with your iron so it lies flat.bias tape to a v-neckFront view of V-neck, remove your stay stitching line and iron the entire work. bias tape to a v-neck
As you can see, it is very easy to apply bias tape to a V-neck.  Using satin bias tape will give your top a touch of elegance and lightness.  We will be using this technique in future projects so please stay tuned!

bias tape to a v-neck

Special note for beginners

If you are using a very soft and easy to unravel fabric like silk or rayon, sew the bias tape first sew until you get to the point of the V, lift the foot of the machine, then make the cut.  Pivot the fabric, bias tape to a v-neckand continue sewing. This way you will minimize unraveling the fabric.bias tape to a v-neck


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25 Responses to Easy way to apply bias tape to a v-neck tutorial

  1. Kael Wilfrey says:

    This tutorial saved my day when I was having trouble getting the v neck in with another method. I was about to throw it out the window!

    Thank you for sharing. It really made the difference for me today.

  2. Equinox says:

    I think Alice and Patricia need to take up fishing instead of sewing. This is a great tutorial. I’ve been sewing for 40 years and I like to review techniques I don’t do very often. Thanks for a great tutorial!

  3. zuwena ali says:

    I hardly ever respond to these things but I just hate it when a comment seems mean spirited–life is too short for unnecessary acrimony. I’ve been sewing a lifetime but I’m not too old to learn something new everyday. In my opinion, this was a great tutorial. It reminded me of things I’ve forgotten and the comment re reversing the application process was also helpful–would be great on a more casual garment. All in all it’s been a win-win for me. So I applaud all the givers, sharers and receivers.

  4. Lena says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have messed up v-neck bias binding so often, I can’t tell you. I think I can actually do this technique successfully. It was all very clearly stated, and I appreciate the work that went into it. Thanks again.

  5. Launie Krupa says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I did get lost on the last few steps regarding the triangle…so sewing along one direction, then it looks like I would stop and move the garment to sew from the other direction? I’m not sure…lol

    • Launie Krupa says:

      Nevermind I took another look and get it!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Launie, you need to snip the fabric where the v is and straighten the fabric to sew on the other side of the V. Have a look at the picture with the two pins and the yellow arrow in it.

  6. Patricia Phillips says:

    I must say I agree with Alice Crawford. It is quite impossible to see the stitching. And there are some places where you assume I know what I am doing. E.g what do you do with the small triangle. And are you sewing the folded over tape from the right side?

  7. Sheila says:

    Fabulous. I’ve learnt so much from you and would like to thank you for your very clear and concise instructions. You do make sewing a joy. Sheila

  8. Rose says:

    Piss off Alice Crawford, you are as subtle as a bag of hammers! Shame on you!
    Keep up the great work some of us really appreciate all your efforts, am going to sew the Faviola dress and thanks for all your hard work. Most of us really appreciate you, Rose

  9. Juls says:

    This site is an endless source of the best information! Thank you so much ladies, I appreciate the time and effort you spend in sharing your knowledge.

  10. Stace says:

    Mayra, I love how you used the dark bias, and used WHITE thread, it was easy to see and fantastic instructions. I will save this for my future needs.

  11. Heather Hamlin-Brewer says:

    Thank you for a great tutorial. Very clear, easy to see and follow!

  12. Ione Reid says:

    After years of not catching the other side when topstitching, I decided to reverse this process. Start and stitch on the wrong side of the fabric. Turn and topstitch on the FRONT of the fabric. That way, if stitching isn’t perfect, its on the wrong side and not the right side! Hope this helps someone.

  13. Alice Crawford says:

    Why on earth did you use such a dark bias binding, it’s impossible to see the stitches because of that dark color?? If I were teaching this, I’d have used either white or yellow and then sewn with a dark thread. This tutorial is useless if it can’t be seen!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Alice, thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.

    • Rachel Menendez says:

      Don’t be a douchebag. It’s a free tutorial. If you’re so good at it, why don’t you start your own website so ***** people can leave terrible messages on that instead?

    • Nadine says:

      Alice you should be teaching this as you know so much more and then people could be mean to you! Shame on you!!

    • Cheryl A MacKay says:

      you do realize she used WHITE thread on a BLUE bias. Why can’t you see that?????????

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