Fabric Tape Tutorial

Have you seen the packaging tape with designs on them lately? My friend and I went craft shopping on Memorial Day and saw some at Joann and Michael’s. Super cute for wrapping gifts or decorating packages. It could also be fun to stick on lunch bags or whatever you would like to tape together. I’ve heard of people making fabric tape before, or maybe it was in a magazine? I can’t remember. So I thought I would attempt my own. A great way to use some of those scraps. It’s so simple to make. I did these four while my kids were napping.

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  • kraft packaging tape. It’s not brown packaging tape. It has a paper backing on it. (find them online in bulk or at office supply stores)
  • long scrap fabric pieces
  • wax paper
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush
  • bone folder or credit card would work too
  • rotary cutter & cutting mat

1.  Pull out a piece of wax paper longer than your fabric pieces.

2. Iron your fabric pieces flat. Check for any lint or frayed strands on the wrong side of the fabric.

3. Pull out the kraft tape and stick it onto the wax paper. Have the kraft tape be slightly longer than your fabric too. If your kraft tape is in a holder (even the easy pull and tear holder), you’ll want to take it out because it may have a crease in the tape, which will leave a crease in the fabric.

4. Apply an even layer of Mod Podge on the tape. It’s OK to get it on the wax paper. You want enough Mod Podge to keep the fabric glued on, but not too much or clumpy so it seeps through the fabric because it’ll leave wet spots and it’ll look that way even though it’s dried. The tape and wax paper may curl up a bit, but when it’s dry, it will return to its flat state.

5. Use the bone folder or a credit card to smooth out the fabric, getting out any trapped bubbles. Also, run over the edges of the tape well to keep the fabric from peeling off. Allow to dry completely.

6. Turn the fabric tape upside down so the wax paper is on top. Using the cutting board and rotary cutter, trim off the excess fabric and wax paper. You can use a ruler or yard stick or anything straight edge to help guide the cut.

7. I used a pinking sheer to trim the ends. There should still be wax paper on the sticky side of the tape. Pull that off to use the tape. Be careful not to pull of the fabric. Since the fabric is glued down, it should fray too much on the edges. You can also cut the tape in half to make narrower tape widths.

» Tell me… How do you like to use your fabric scraps? And how do you like to decorate your packages?

40 Responses to “Fabric Tape Tutorial”

  • Fi

    Hi, I’m going to give this very clever idea a try (because I have been lusting over fabric tape without hope of it ever reaching our sunny shores other than in expensive scrapbook stores) but I need to find the African equivalent of your craft tape – is it self adhesive or the gummed type that you need to wet to make it stick? Thanks.

  • sloan

    I was wondering how the tape sticks. Is one side of the brown tape sticky? How do you adhere it to the package–tape it with double side tape?

  • Bella{blue}

    that’s a great tutorial, thanks! i’ve got some great xmas fabric that would be perfect for this – perfect for decorating presents at xmas!

  • Danielle

    YES! I was just about to spend WAY too much money on 100 yards, and now I can make it at a fraction of the price! I’m using them to seal the backs of wedding invites! Thank you so much!

  • Candice

    This is a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial. I’m going to try it on the weekend!

  • jo

    I LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Awesome idea!!

  • Alisa

    I forgot how I got here, but I couldnt seem to stop myself from clicking through your different posts, this is wonderful! I’m so excited to give this a try. I’m adding this on my pinterest too 🙂

  • Brandie

    Hi, just saw your great tutorial! I’m going to try this for holiday wrapping, but I’m still not sure of the tape type. Is it the gummed packaging tape? Thanks!


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