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.
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).
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!
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!
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.