As part of my recent transition to WordPress and the new look blog I am revisiting and updating all my old tutorials and then adding them to the tutorials index page. The image size on the old posts is much smaller and also my photography and styling has improved in the last few years, so it’s time to update. I created my fabric tape tutorial way back in May 2010 – it’s super easy and the great part is that you can totally customise it.

The materials are basic:

And the process is easy:

Just run the double sided tape near the edge of the fabric and rub it down firmly. Then cut it out neatly along the edge of the tape (the messy cutting in the image above is the rough cut if you are using a large piece of fabric). If you sew you may have a cutting mat, quilting ruler and rotary cutter – great, use them for a really straight cut. Otherwise scissors will do the job.

And voila! Fabric tape. Roll it up and secure it with a paper clip or clothes peg to store it, or wrap it around a wooden cotton reel. Short lengths can be stored flat.



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  1. Your new look site is beautiful Lisa…no surprises there though!

  2. I love this idea!

  3. I love this too! And your t-shirt yarn pots! Will be trying out both!

  4. Lovely what a great idea!!

  5. What brand of double sided tape did you use, and where did you find it?

  6. Awesome idea! How do you keep the fabric edges from fraying when you cut it? It looks beautiful!

  7. So nice! Great idea!

  8. So simple and darling! I’m going to make some for my creative besties for Christmas. Thanks for the great idea.

  9. I love your blog. Question: did you design the fabric you used in the tutorial? If not who is the designer. It’s lovely!

    • the red thread the red thread says:

      Hi Richelle – thanks, I’m happy to hear you love my blog! The fabric’s not my design. The neon orange stripe I bought in Japan and it has no ID on it. The grey spot is called honeycomb from Kei Fabrics, the floral is Flea Market Fancy by Denise Schmidt, and the called Retro Active by Donna Wilder. I hope that helps!

  10. It’s a lovely idea!!! Thanks a lot :)

  11. Love this idea. Going to my stash NOW! Thanks.

  12. Janette says:

    This is such a great idea! Does the tape have paper on one side that is peeled off for use? If not, how does the tape keeps it’s stickiness after it’s rolled up onto the fabric?

    • the red thread the red thread says:

      Thanks Janette, yes, you use double sided tape. You stick the fabric to the sticky side and the paper stays on the other side until you’re ready to use it, then you peel it off. You can see the paper on the tape in the photos.

  13. What a great idea!

  14. What a great idea for ribbon on packages you have to mail or card making.

  15. What a great idea for ribbon on packages you have to mail or card making.

  16. What a great way to embellish gifts you need to mail. Great for card making as well.

  17. I’m really impressed along with your writing skills and also with the layout to
    your weblog. Is that this a paid subject or did you customize it yourself?

    Anyway stay up the nice quality writing, it’s uncommon to look a great
    blog like this one nowadays..

  18. Oh my…how cute is this tape. Such a great idea! I love the fabric choices too. Stopping by and pinning. Have a lovely day!

  19. I love this! Now I know what to do with the odds and ends of fabric that I love too much to toss. Thank you!


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