I DID IT!!
And ALL because of the wonderful crafty people here in blogland that were willing to help!
A humongous thanks to Julia and Pokey!!!
I am doing the happy dance BIG TIME! :D
Pokey suggested pressing the curve into the bias tape as you go... so not smashing it with the iron once you have it lined up and won't work! LOL That worked WONDERS!!!! (why was i so short sighted that i didn't see that to begin with? grrr)
And Julia suggest sewing the inner curve first - which would allow the outer curve to actually curve and stretch as needed.
I was doing it backwards!
I was adjusting the loop so that the outer curve would lay flat - which left a ton of excess fabric in the inner curve and looked like this:
And for the life of me, couldn't figure out where all that excess was supposed to go??!!
And with that advice, I was able to go from that....
IT CAN BE DONE! LOL
I am a basket making fool now!
THANK YOU Ladies!!!
I really could kiss you!!