{DIY fabric tape}

May 15, 2012

After creating my own washi tape a few weeks ago, I’ve been dying to try my hand on making my own fabric tape as well.
My mom also fell in love with the DIY version of my washi tape and we decided to tackle this project together during one of our craft dates. It was much to our liking: quick & easy. ;)

What you’ll need:

  • Strips of fabric
  • Strong double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper clips

How to:

  1. Apply the tape to the wrong side of your fabric scraps. (Leave the backing on until you’re ready to use the fabric tape)
  2. Cut the fabric around the double sided tape.
  3. Cut strips to desired width.
  4. Roll up the fabric tape strips and secure with a paper clip to keep it from unrolling.

I’m partying here! ♥

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  1. Fantastic!!!! :) Thank you so much, I want to do it…

    ciao ciao
    Chiara — Ideekiare recently posted..Mini-spiedini estivi con formaggio, prosciutto e pomodoriniMy Profile

  2. What a great idea!! I’m a new follower, great to “meet” you :)

  3. Debbie H says:

    Hello Vanessa — Beautiful fabric tape! I love that you craft with your mom. Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea.

  4. I just HAVE to steal this clever and great-looking idea, Vanessa!

  5. Vanessa a great project for us fabric hoarders! I loved the washi tape but loving this fabric version even more, can’t wait to give it a go and will link back. Thank you for the inspiration.
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  6. Great idea! Great way to use up scraps. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Awesome idea — thanks for posting this tutorial!
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  8. LOVE this DIY tape–you are so creative!
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  9. Wow…I love this idea.. so simple, so smart. I really like your pictures too.
    Have a great day!
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  10. Adorable. Just curious…what brand of double sided tape did you use? I have only seen the narrow Scotch brand here. xo Diana
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    • Thank you, Diana! :) I used a brand called “Tesa”. I’m not sure they sell it in the US, though.. If you’re looking for really heavy-duty tape you should try double-sided carpet tape. It sticks like crazy! ;)
      Hope that helps and you have a fantastic day!
      XO! Vanessa

  11. Oh my!!! What a fabulous idea!! And your application of the fabric tape is so very lovely! Excited to find you!!
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  12. So glad you linked this up! I absolutely love this!!

  13. Adorable tutorial! When I find some time I am going to have to give this a try!

  14. Great idea!!! I love it. Will be using this sometime soon.

  15. Why didnt I think of this?! So easy and with such great results. just found your blog and I think i will follow :)

  16. Found you through The Winthrop Chronicle, I am in love with this project! I am off to explore your site. Thanks so much for sharing the project :) I can’t wait to try it!

  17. Great Idea!
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  18. Debra Kapellakis says:

    You and your Mom are amazing!

  19. Karen Rice says:

    I too, would like to know what kind of tape you used…what brand, I should say. LOVE the idea!!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Karen! ;)
      The brand I used is called “Tesa”. I am not sure they sell it in the US, though.. If you’re looking for real sticky tape, I would suggest trying double-sided carpet tape.
      Let me know how that works out for you!
      I hope you’re having a great day!
      xo from Germany! Vanessa

  20. Now, that’s super awesome! I’m so glad you linked this to Handmade Tuesdays. I’m going to share this on the My Favorite Finds FB page!

  21. What prettiness! I’m smitten!
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  22. I love your tape. I have made some before and it is so fun to use. on packages.


  23. Such a great idea! I’m pinning it now! Thanks for linking up to our party!

    XO, Melissa
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  24. This is probabely the cleverest idea regarding fabric. I love it. Good for me that I saw this post before I actually wanted to buy some fabric tape. Thank you.
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  25. Maureen says:

    I too would like to know what kind of double sided tape you used, because I only have the thin Scotch brand myself. I am working on creating a book made of cardboard pieces and I need fabric tape for the edges. I would much rather make my own, so I can match it to my layout than try to buy it. Plus, I have had a terrible time finding fabric tape at all, and when I have found it it is way too narrow, this way I can customize the size of my strips. PLEASE post about what tape you used or reply in the comments. Thanks so much. I am now following you. I found your site through your link at A Glimpse Inside.

    • Hey Maureen! Thank you so much for your comment and interest in trying the project! ;)
      The brand that I’ve used is called “Tesa”. I am not sure they sell it in the US, though.. I would suggest to try double-sided carpet tape. That stuff is suuper sticky! ;)
      Let me know if this helps. I hope you’re having a fabulous day!
      xoxo from Germany,

  26. I love it!! I’m getting my scissors out right now. Please can I have permission to blog about your blog, this fabulous idea and thriftiness. I am such a fan
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  27. I love this tape. It is just beautiful. Had no idea it could be made at home. Wow!
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  28. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday — - you were featured yesterday!
    –Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  29. This is a fabulous idea! The double sided tape sticks to the fabric well?!
    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow!
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    • Yay! Thank you so much, Allison! :)
      The tape sticks pretty well. You just need to make sure to use strong double-sided tape. I think carpet tape actually works the best.
      I’ll be there to snag a button tomorrow, hehe!
      Have a great weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

  30. Vanessa that is amazing… how clever are you!! I love the fabric tape and can imagine many uses for it. Putting it on my ‘To Do’ list for the weekend. Thank you!!

    I’d love it if you’d consider sharing this at my ‘Shabbilicious Friday’ link party ~ http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/shabbilicious-friday-link-party-2.html
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    • Thank you SO much for your sweet comment, Kerryanne! I really appreciate it!
      I will hop on over to your linky party right now and I would love if you stopped by mine, starting in a couple of hours. :)
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

  31. Hi Vanessa,
    I am hooked on “Washi”. I need to try your tutorial to make more Washi Tape in other colors„ patterns. Thanks for sharing.
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  32. This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking it up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!
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  33. Vanessa

    Wow! Brilliant .. Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Brooke

  34. You kill me! I love this and I have so many cute fabric scraps I can’t bear to throw away. Now I know just what to do with them:) Hope you are having a lovely weekend Vanessa!
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  35. cute cute cute!! thanks so much for linking up to the party this weekend!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com
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  36. I love it! Putting that tape on those brown packages is a great idea, plus it would make really fun hem tape too!
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  37. Wow, love your creative ideas so much! I have tons of pretty fabric, but don’t sew much right now. Cannot wait to try this. Your latest follower, Tanya :)
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  38. I make yards and yards of torn calico ribbons and handstamp them. Now I will be able to offer an adhesive one! Thanks! I am new to your blog. I did post on the Nifty Thrifty Sunday Party,. and now I will go see homemade washi tape — I spend a fortune on this.

    Distressed Donna Down Home
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  39. This is so so darling!! I love it! I am definitely trying it!! xoxo
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  40. So smart. and pretty. I featured this on friday night.
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  41. Such a great idea. Yours are so pretty!

  42. Um, yes, this is just plain awesome!
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  43. Great job again! Thanks for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week–I featured your DIY Fabric Tape today!
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  44. I just love this! The fabric looks adorable.. and soo much less expensive than washi tape! Can’t wait to make some!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus
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  45. That is adorable, I’m thinking of so many great uses for that! Thanks so much for sharing this at Pin It and Win It Wednesday! Hope you will join us again tomorrow evening!
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  46. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I’ll definitely be doing this…thanks so much for sharing!!!
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  47. What a great idea!!! I’m going to have to try this, thanks for sharing!

  48. This is a great idea, and a great way to use up smaller scraps. Thanks for sharing!

  49. Such a clever idea, I definitely need to make some of this for the next time I do any girt wrapping :)
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  50. SOOOOOO pretty Vanessa!! I actually purchased some fabric tape two weeks ago… and once I got it I was like um.… I must be able to make some myself.!! What do you use your fabric tape for?

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can’t wait to see what you link up this evening!
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  51. I am for real going to be trying this soon!
    Thanks so much to linking this up to our Naturally-Nifty Linky Party last week! I just wanted to let you know that we featured this post of yours on our party today! Stop by and check it out, and link up this week while you are there! Also remember to pick up a featured button to brag with!

    By the way, we pin all of our features to our Pinterest, so check that out too!

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  52. What can I say but you did it again. Love this idea of using double sided tape with fabric! Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  53. Fabulous! This would be so great to have on hand for odd wrapping and prettying up projects!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  54. Featuring YOU today! :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com
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  55. LOVE THIS!!!
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  56. I love the fabrics you chose for this! It”s the second tutorial for this kind of tape I’ve seen, and I really want to give it a go. I like how wide your tape is. I am still using up some fabric tape I bought from Etsy, but when that’s finished, I will try making my own. Have a great weekend!
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  57. That simple! Great idea. Is it like white plastic backing/double-sided tape (1÷4−1÷2″ wide)?

  58. Oops. It should read as 1.25−1.5″ wide.

  59. Congratulations you made the Top Five @ CountryMommaCooks Link and Greet Party.…..and you are one of the featured blogs for this week .….stop by and pick up a button : )


  61. Your tape is all over the internet now! You’re famous! : ) I am so glad I came by and checked it out. Easy, fun, and clever! Your pictures are lovely too!
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  62. Love this idea!!! Pinning :)
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  63. Stopping over from your feature at Craftomaniac. GREAT idea on the fabric tape! Pinning it so I remember.


  64. Well how cool is that? Great tutorial and thanks for sharing it!
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  65. I just wanted to let you know I featured you on Blissful and Domestic today. Stop by and check it out!

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  66. I have to try this. I love to journal & this would be perfect to do for adding to journal pages & decorating the cover.s. Your double sided tape seems stronger than what I have on hand. What kind was it? I love your pretty fabrics too. Your new follower.
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    • Thank you for your sweet comment, Theresa! :)
      The double-sided tape I’ve used is made by Tesa. I am not sure they make that brand in the US, though.. If you’re looking for a strong double-sided tape I would suggest trying carpet tape. It’s pretty heavy duty and should definitely stick to the fabric. ;)
      I hope you’re having a fantastic day!
      xo! Vanessa

  67. I love it. Can’t wait to get some tape to try it!

  68. Finally, a quick way to do this! Those are beaaautiful!
    Thank you! =)
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  69. Fabulous idea.…and so easy, thanks for sharing.
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  70. Awesome idea! Great way to use up scraps you can’t bear to throw away.

  71. that is so pretty i think im going to have to try it ( if you do mind? ) thanks for sharing and god bless.

  72. Thanks so much for the wonderful idea. I shared this with my fellow quilter at our meeting in January for ideas on using our scrap fabrics. They loved the idea. I also took the time to place it on my blog as well. (with all links to you:)). I am new at the blogging so if there was something that was a no no, let me know. Keep up the great ideas!


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