How to Use Bias Tape To Hem Madison Cardigan

Hi everyone, my name is Faith, and I am a Madison Cardigan addict! I have made this cardigan four times, and I do not plan on stopping.

A few times that I have made this cardigan, I used bias tape to finish the edges of it, and today I am going to show you how I added it to my newest cardigan.


  • Madison Cardigan Pattern
  • Fabric – I used this sportswear multi Aztec acrylic fabric from Jo-Ann. It is 58” no stretch, medium weight.
    Tip: This fabric frays quickly, so as soon as you cut the fabric, serge or use a finishing technique on the edges to keep it from fraying.
  • Two 1/2” double fold bias tapes. (Or you can make your own bias tape in a complimentary or accent fabric for a pop of fun!)


  1. First sew your cardigan per the pattern instruction. I lined my cardigan. If you are doing the same, go ahead and sew your lining as well.
  2. Next, pin your lining to the cardigan, wrong side facing to your pattern and baste it all the way around.


3. Notice how one side of the bias tape is wider than the other? Open the tape so that the wider edge is on the bottom. Slip the bias tape over the edge of the cardigan so the raw edges are sandwiched in the middle.

4. Pin the bias tape along the edge of your cardigan. Make sure to pin it all the way around to keep it secured.

5. You will then stitch along the edge of the bias tape, making sure the needle catches the other side of the bias tape as you topstitch.

6. Lastly, finish the sleeves using the pattern instruction or you can do as I did and add ribbed knit sleeves to the cardigan for a fun contrast!


Thank you for reading this blog, I hope that it was informational and helpful! I’d love to connect with you, here is where you can find me:

5 replies on “How to Use Bias Tape To Hem Madison Cardigan”

  • Fantastic! I’m in love with this pattern, too! I’m finishing up my fourth one and want to do some contrast bias tape on another one. Thanks for the tips and love your fabric.

  • I purchased this pattern. I am in the midst of cutting it out. I’m so excited about this. I was even more excited when I saw this with bias tape! Great idea. At first I thought the collar was leather but I see it is not. After I make this first one I think I will try it with a very light weight leather. I know I will make many of the Madison once I get started. Phew!

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