A rouleau is a strip of bias fabric stitched to form a neat narrow tube. Rouleau can be used for straps, ties, belt loops, spaghetti straps and even button loops. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to make rouleau for straps or ties.
Most fabrics can be used to make rouleau, though it’s best to avoid anything that frays. The seam allowance inside the rouleau gives it its body. The first thing you will need to do is to make a bias strip or bias tape.
Cut a piece of string about twice the length of the finished tie plus 12.5cm (5″). Fold the bias tape in half lengthwise, right sides together, placing the string inside the fold.
Secure the string inside the fold by sewing back and forth a couple of times across the top of the rouleau. The string should be enclosed inside close to the folded edge. Stitch down the length of the rouleau, making sure not to catch the string whilst sewing. (Sometimes using your machine’s zipper foot makes this easier).
Turn the rouleau right side out by pulling on the string. Roll the tube between the fingers to bring the seam to the edge. There is no need to press.
To remove the string trim off the end that the string is attached to.
If you are using the rouleau for a tie you can place it into the garment as your adding your facings. Cut the length of rouleau desired and tack to the right side of the garment with the edges matching. Sew on the facing. When you turn the facing to the wrong side the rouleau will extend from the seam edge. You will need to remove the tacks!
If you are attaching the rouleau to a hemmed edge, tuck the rouleau under the hem and overcast the rouleau in place. Make some tiny stitches up the tie to keep it in place.
Finishing the end of the tie. Neaten the free end by tuck the end within the rouleau itself and then overcasting with a few stitches. You could then also knot the end of the tie as well.