Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fabric Tape - my new(est) obsession

Ever since I saw the pin for DIY wrapping paper tape from Country Living last week, I have been researching how to make my own (their pin is a "sneak peek" from the upcoming issue - no information on how-to yet!!).  Long side note here: I don't repin just anything - if it doesn't link back to the original site, or in this case, to the tutorial, I don't pin it - I try to keep my boards meaningful and full of good information!  I did find a couple of of good ideas here and here - but I thought I could do a little improving on the general concept.  I didn't like the idea of having a sticky back to start with - it seemed like when I rolled the tape up it would get the fuzz from the fabric stuck to it before I even got to use it!  Especially since I had some flannel (extra fuzzy!) fabric I was going to be using.  And, I wasn't sure that regular double-sided tape would be sticky enough.  I wanted the fabric to STAY stuck...not come peeling off when I tried to use it!  I have to say, my results were fabulous - I'm really excited to start using them (and if you don't want to make your own, visit my shop)!

First, I went shopping at my local hardware store.  I love that place - I'm always finding great crafting supplies, and they have free popcorn!  I picked up three types of double-sided tape...
I started with the Light Duty Carpet Tape.   I have a little fabric...so I picked a scrap out and ironed it well.  Be sure there isn't any lint or stray thread on the back side of the fabric.  I experimented with which way was best to stick the tape on to the fabric.  Straightest - attach a piece of carpet tape (sticky side up) to your work surface and put your fabric down on it (right side up).  
Fastest and still pretty straight - lay fabric wrong side up and press tape down onto fabric (sticky side down).  
I had a piece of fabric about 36" long and 16" wide, so I cut it in half to have two 36" x 8" wide pieces.  Then, I stuck on three pieces of my carpet tape, which was 1 1/2" wide, to both pieces of fabric laid end-to-end, meaning I ended up with one continuous piece of fabric tape 2 yards long (with a fabric seam in the middle).  Then, I flipped the whole mess over and used a flexible rib from my currently defunct pottery studio to rub the heck out of everything - I wanted the tape and fabric to become one!
Now for the tedious part - cutting everything into usable bits.  I cut some in 1/2 to give two 3/4" pieces, and the center section I cut into a 1" and a 1/2" bit.  I got better and better at this as I went - ideally, you want to trim right up to the edge of the tape (I have a whole roll of 3/4" that is not quite right - but still usable!).  A rotary cutter and 24" ruler are pretty essential to doing this without going insane :)
I had some lovely wooden spools from a trip to Mimi's (I can't get enough of that place!) so I used a little bit of masking tape to hold the fabric tape on and wrapped it up.
See how pretty they turned out!  It was so easy that I made two more batches - plus, I needed to try out my other tape.  I decided not to try the poster tape - it was so thin and I didn't feel it was as sticky as the carpet tape.  The cloth carpet tape was very sticky - I used it on the pink daisy fabric because it was flannel!  However, it was thicker, so it tended to bubble a little more when I rolled it up - it was fine when laid flat, but how am I supposed to store 2 yard lengths of fabric tape laid out flat?  So, I will be getting more of the plastic carpet tape (I used all 42 feet of mine!).  Also, I will be trying this with wrapping paper and letting you know how that works - I have some gorgeous neutral prints (several rolls, imagine that?) that I think will look great.
To use it, cut a piece the length you want and peel off the backing, then stick it down!  It's that simple - though you can see that the tape doesn't go quite to the edge on this batch - it's my keep-and-use batch!
The pink daisy flannel is going to be great on spring cards, and the blue fabric is a waxed cotton - so it is a little stiffer and shinier than regular cotton.  I had to hold myself back from making some from each of my fabrics - that's just silly!  But, I can't wait to wrap my next gift - plain kraft paper and some gorgeous fabric tape - it'll be so pretty!  

I did have to wrap some of my tape on a recycled spool from some tulle - my spool selection was getting pretty small!  However, any handmade fabric tape that is sold in my shop will come wrapped on a spool - it's so much more fun that way :)  And speaking of fun, look what came in the mail today - my package from Fawn & Flora:
Started by two lovely ladies (one of whom is blogs at Just Lovely Things - one of my favorites!), this shop is full of the sweetest stuff you just have to have.  I considered it serendipity that I found it during my fabric tape obsession, because they sell some gorgeous varieties!  I got the measuring tape fabric ribbon (not adhesive - but I can fix that!) and some dictionary print tissue tape.  The tags were a fun little bonus!  They provide excellent customer service - I had a question and I think I had an answer by email in less than an hour. Shop at Fawn & Flora today - you won't be disappointed!
Come back later this week for:
Easy Homemade Marmalade - it is simple & delicious.
And a Winter Boredom Buster Craft - I can 99% guarantee you already own everything you need to make it!

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  1. What a great idea. Why buy it when you can make it yourself. And for probably half the cost too. Thanks for the tutorial, totally book marking this =D

  2. This is such a creative idea! I would love for you to visit and link up at my Linky Party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful

  3. Great Idea! Can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, this turned out great! I like the pink flannel, so I'll be looking for it on your upcoming crafts. Thanks for linking up!

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  6. That is just brilliant! I can't wait to get started! I would love for you to link this up to It's a Party on Thursday (it actually starts tonight)!

  7. This is so cool! I'm going to have to try this soon!

  8. This looks so cool. I wonder though if the edges start to fray/ how fraying is prevented?

    1. if you use cotton the edges do fray.. you can use a product called stop fray on them though =)

  9. Will pin for future reference, never know when I might want to do this (but not sure what I would use it on just yet)! Thanks for the wonderufl tut.

    Gen @ colormedomestic.blogspot.com

  10. Very cute and fun! I would love to make me some of this stuff. I'll try out the hardware store soon- too bad mine doesn't have free popcorn.

  11. What a FABULOUS idea!!!! Genius and oh so pretty!!!

    I would LOVE it if you shared this on my blog:

  12. This is a great idea!! I LOVE it! I'd love it if you would share this at my link party.

  13. Brilliant idea and awesome tutorial! I am pinning this! Stopping by from How to Nest for Less! Thanks so much!!

  14. such a great idea. I want to make seed tape this year, different, but this reminded me.

    Stevie from Garden Therapy

  15. This is the best tutorial and the prettiest fabric tapes too!

  16. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it! I need to try this. I love the look of fabric on paper crafting.

  17. Lovely and creative! Absolutely trying this one out and soon. Love the fabrics you chose, great info, too.

  18. I've never tried this before but I just ordered some today!! Thanks for linking up and inspiring me!!

  19. I would never have thought to make my own fabric tape! Thanks for the inspiration!

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

  20. Brilliant, Cameron! So cute, too. Thanks so much for linking to the Kiss Me I'm Irish party over at I Gotta Create!

  21. I love the fabric tape!!! It's such a great idea. I am sure I will use this at some point and I can't wait to see what I can create with it!

  22. This is so neat! Wish I could have some maybe I will make some some day! Thanks for sharing.

  23. This is awesome! I can't wait to make some. Thank you for linking up to A Pinteresting Party this week. :)

  24. Such a great project--fun way to incorporate fabric into even more projects :) Totally pinned this!
    Visiting from Southern Lovely

  25. I love this so much that I am featuring it today! Thanks for sharing! ~Tonia


  26. Thanks for the tip! I'm gonna try it. Nice when someone else figure out thins for you. Also, love hardware stores for craft shoppin too!

  27. I *love* this idea!! I can't wait to try it. Great tutorial! Thanks!! :)

  28. THANK YOU for committing to making your pins "clean" so they link back to originals with information!!! Sooooo much easier to share and understand and then USE the pins!!

  29. What a cute idea... Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…..have a wonderful week:)

  30. Awesome - definitely on my to-do list! I've featured these today at the Craftastic Monday link party (and on Pinterest). Stop by & grab a Featured On button - thanks for linking up!

  31. Love this! Thank you for sharing.

  32. I love this idea. You have made it look so easy. Pinned this! Visiting from a Pinteresting Party. Vicky from Mess For Less

  33. Cute! Great idea! Happy to have you at Things I've Done Thursday! www.bearrabbitbear.com

  34. Thanks for linking up at Pinned it, Made it! I love this idea and featured this week :) Drop by and grab a featured button :)


  35. How smart!! it really is so cool! Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  36. You're a STAR tonight over at I Gotta Create!
    thanks so much for linking up <3

  37. That's awesome! I'm so doing that...when I find time! Saw this at I Gotta Create's Features and thought I would stop by.

  38. Fabric tape looks AMAZING! I'm a cardmaker, and some of the "fancy" tapes can be so expensive. Thanks for sharing!
    Ann @

  39. Uma idéia fabulosa!!!
    Parabéns pela criatividade!!!
    Um grande abraço!!!


  40. I just wanted to pop back in and let you know you are featured on this weeks link party as the most clicked on link!


    Thank you for linking up. Hope to see you back again!

  41. Oh wow! Love this idea so much!

    Found you on TT & J! I would love for you to come by and link this and any other projects you have at my Create & Inspire Party! :)


    Hope to see you there.. ;)


    P.S New follower

  42. Hi, love to tut! Do you have a follow up post on the other two types of tape you've used?

  43. Que idéia genial! Parabéns... Adorei...


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