Craft Basics: How to Make Fabric Tape + 3 Easy Projects
There’s no denying that the rise of washi tape only continues on the up and up, but have you ever considered making your own?
Making fabric tape is a wonderful alternative to other decorative tapes and you’ll find that you have all the ingredients already in your craft stash.
This is a great way of finally using that vintage fabric you’ve had in your cupboard for years.
So, without further ado, welcome to the world of fabric tape, another craft basics staple!
Firstly, let’s get started with the materials:
- Fabric remnants
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Double sided tape
Let’s get started! You’ll be surprised at how easy it is.
STEP 01 // ATTACH TAPE & FABRIC
You might have noticed above how I have moved the tape in a bit from the selvage.
This is so I get a nice clean cut without any frayed edges.
Don’t forget to leave the backing of the double sided tape on!
STEP 02 // CUT THE FABRIC
It’s a good idea to use a metal ruler if you have one handy to really make sure you get a nice straight line.
Patch working wizards can probably do this part free hand (because you are amazing!).
You’ll end up with a lovely new piece of fabric tape like this!
STEP 03 // REMOVE THE BACKING
Keep the backing on though until you are ready to use it otherwise, at this point, you’re ready to make more and stash them all away for a rainy day project (see some ideas below).
Once the backing tape is removed, you can apply your pretty new tape to just about anything.
Sometimes you will find though that you need a wider tape as the fabric you’ve chosen has a cute pattern you want to fully display.
So, the next step is to show you how to make a wider tape! (you’ve probably already guessed how…).
WIDER TAPE // STEP 01
Place your material down and stick two pieces (or as many pieces as are needed) to the back.
WIDER TAPE // STEP 02
As for the thinner tape, now cut your material so the tape lines up.
(it’s pretty darn cute!)
WIDER TAPE // STEP 03
When you are ready to use it, just peel the backing and tape away!
Now, what could you use all this lovely tape for?
PROJECT 01 // BUNTING
Nothing says “check out how cute I am!” like miniature bunting.
Either stick your fabric cake to string or a toothpick and you’ve got yourself some seriously sweet party decorations.
PROJECT 02 // PHOTO FRAMES
Just stick your memories on your wall and tape!
(How cute are my sister and brother!)
PROJECT 03 // JOURNAL
This is the journal I made to capture all those ideas I have at 2:00am.
You can see it’s pretty worn!
Just apply your tape to the front of a moleskin and rub on some letters to make a lovely word.
If you have any questions about our second “Craft Basics” post, we’d love to help you out, so make sure you leave us a message below.
We hope you love making fabric tape as much as we do.
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