Washi Tape in the Sewing Room: Kat’s 6 Top Tape Tips

Are you a washi tape lover like I am? Washi tape is pretty and functional, and has very light tack, making it an ideal sewing notion! Here are five ways you can use it in your sewing room. You can find loads of washi tapes at local craft stores and online. Washi tape is a very light tack tape, so that makes it perfect for sewing projects where you don’t want sticky residue left on your fabrics. Choose some pretty tapes that make you happy and add them to your sewing notions. You can also use them on notebooks, cards, laptops and more as quick and fun accents. Washi tape bundles are very inexpensive on Amazon: Ad: Washi Tape Bundle. You can choose solids, florals, geometrics, and more!

1. Use Washi Tape to Hold Zippers in Place While You Sew

Sewing Zippers:  Use your washi tape to hold your zipper in place as you stitch it in instead of pins or hand basting. Use this tutorial in THIS POST to add a zipper to your doll dresses. You can use washi tape or Scotch Magic Tape to make this a super, easy task.

2. Use Washi Tape to Hold Buttons While You Sew Them On

Buttons and Buttonholes:  I often use washi tape to mark button or buttonhole placements, and I also use it to hold the button on my garment while I sew and remove it once I’m done.

Use easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat to make your 18 inch dolls some quick and easy outfits. Great first time beginner sewing project, print your patterns at home. Find a full selection of easy patterns with full tutorials in the OhSewKat etsy shop.

3. Use Washi Tape to Mark the Front or Back Side of your Pattern Pieces

Mark the Front or the Right sides of Fabric:  Put a little piece of washi tape on the bodice front and back that you want to use as the outside of your garment, especially when using the lining as the same material.  If you fussy cut your front (so that a certain flower or other image is centered etc, mark it with a tiny piece of tape.) Use washi tape to mark a specific piece instead of using pins or making marks on your pieces (ie. put tape on the top/waistband of pant legs that seem similar and could get mixed up and sewn together upside down, or to mark the fronts of the pants as different from the similar pants back pieces for example).

Make historical meet outfits for American Girl dolls like Kirsten Addy with this sewing pattern hack.

4. Use Washi Tape to Mark Your Seam Guide on Your Sewing Machine

Seam Guide:  Attach a piece to your machine throat plate for a perfect 1/4th inch seam- or any other size you may need. When you are done, pull the tape up and throw it away!

Make a ruffled twirl skirt for 18 inch dolls like American Girl with this easy tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! More PDF Sewing patterns for dolls available!

5. Use Washi Tape to Print Once yet Still make different Lengths or Sizes offered by the Pattern

You can also use it to join pattern pieces together after you cut them apart. For example, the Bloomer Buddies pattern has three lengths marked on one pattern piece. Print and cut the longest piece (the dress.). As you need the different lengths, remove the hem pieces and then reattach them with washi tape. You can do this a few times, and then, if they seem too worn, throw them away and print new ones!

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy doll dress, top, and bloomers in one easy pattern. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern

6. Use Washi Tape to Hold Darts and Pleats in Place While Your Sew

Pleats and Darts:  Hold pleats or darts in place instead of pins.  Remove the tape easily after you sew.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!