Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Christmas in July: Mini Fabric Tape Tutorial



Welcome to the third stop on the Christmas in July blog hop!

Thank you Elizabeth for hosting this fabulous blog hop and for inviting me to take a part!
If you are anything like me, you'd wait til the last minute to get working on
Christmas gifts and realize a few days before Christmas that you totally
underestimated the time it takes to finish up gifts. Then you end up rushing
into stores to pick up store-bought presents for your loved ones. You are
apologetic that you are giving the store bought stuff rather than handmade
gifts that you had dreamed about making for them. Your new year's resolution
would include "Start making Christmas gifts WAY earlier!!" Can you relate?
Then maybe it's time for us to start doing something perhaps!!

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Today I would like to share with you a very simple fabric tape tutorial.
I like making these because it is a great way to use up my fabric scraps,
and I enjoy using the tape for packages I put together. If you live in the
country that double-sided tape usually comes with backing, this tute
may not be very useful. I remember in the US the simple double sided tape
rarely had backing on it. This tutorial is for those who want to turn those
double sided tape without backing to fabric tapes!

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I used parchment paper as a backing of the tape.
It is called "cooking sheet" in Japan, but it is the same thing as parchment paper
or bakery paper which is used to line baking pans as a non-stick surface.
Here I have a sheet of parchment paper measuring approximately 2" x 12".

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I put on double-sided tapes throughout like this, being careful
not to create air bubbles in between the paper and tape.
(It's ok for the tapes to over-wrap a little.)

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Then I placed it the sticky side down on the wrong side
of this fabric scrap that is a little larger than the paper at all edges.

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Then I used pinking scissors to cut along both long edges.
(Make sure to cut along the paper so that your finished tape
will not have any surface with no parchment paper (backing).

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Then I chopped it into pieces like this so the result is a lot of mini tapes
backed with parchment paper!

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When you want to use the tape, remove the backing and place it where you want it to be!

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It would be nice to have these made by Christmas! We know we never
have enough tapes for packages and cards and all!

I hope you'll turn your fabric scraps into some fun tapes!


Here is a schedule of Christmas in July! Don't forget to stop by
all these lovely stops for Christmasy inspiration!

Monday 7/16 - Don't Call Me Betsy
Tuesday 7/17 - Sew Crafty Jess
Wednesday 7/18 - Pink Penguin
Thursday 7/19 - Freshly Pieced
Friday 7/20 - Sew Sweetness
Monday 7/23 - Happy Quilting
Tuesday 7/24 - Comfort Stitching
Wednesday 7/25 - Diary of a Quilter
Thursday 7/26 - Felicity Quilts


Oh I almost forgot the best part! I have a great giveaway for you!
The fabulous Kathy of Pink Chalk Fabrics has generously donated
a $20 gift certificate to one lucky winner!

logo-pinkchalk

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment by the midnight Thursday!
One comment per person please ;)

Good luck and have a great day!!


156 comments:

  1. Great idea Ayumi!
    I can see these being used for all sorts of occasions!

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  2. Ayumi, you have alway great ideas! Thank you for the tutorial :)

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  3. What a lovely idea! Now I no longer have to buy stickers. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  4. That's such a great idea! I'm definitely going to make some soon!

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  5. Nice simple idea, thank you.

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  6. Kawaii!! Where do you get your tape from?? I just moved to Chiba and need to know these things ;)

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    1. Hi Alyce! How nice you moved to Chiba! I went to visit my friend in Tsudanuma about a month ago!!

      You can get double sided tapes at any bookstore/stationery store. It looks like this.
      http://www.kilat.jp/prod_img/B00827_1.jpg
      You can also find them at any daiso ;)

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  7. These are sweet! I can't wait to try this out! =)

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  8. Supercute! Good for wrapping homemade cookies also! Great idea!!!

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  9. Great idea.
    Well done I would not of thought of anything like this.

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  10. what cute tape! i have so many scarps these would be perfect for....thanks for sharing :)

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  11. What a fabulous idea!! I would never have thought to do this! Thanks!!

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  12. What a great idea! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. Such a neat idea. Thanks for the tutorial & the chance to win.

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  14. this is such a great tutorial! i was wondering about that awesome fabric tape piece that was in your package, and now i get it :) thank you for sharing!

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  15. What a great idea! I am cutting some Christmas fabric right now, so I know what I am doing with the scraps.. :)

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  16. Do you iron it on?
    Please include me in the giveaway. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Fiesta,
      I iron fabrics before putting it on the tape ;)

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  17. Love this idea, Ayumi! What a great way to use up scraps!!

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  18. This is so fun! And what a great way to use up scraps. Thank Ayumi! And Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. That's clever. Could be cute with brown paper packages.

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  20. Oh, my, cuteness! What an adorable way to close a bag!

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  21. This looks like a super way to use up some scraps thanks for the tutorial!

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  22. You have lovely scraps and this is a great way to use them!

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  23. What a neat idea! I need to make some of this!

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  24. This is such a great way to use up scraps. Thanks for the very clear directions.

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  25. Looks like a fun project! I think I'll give it a try with some of my Christmas scraps. Thanks.

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  26. Ayumi these are so stinkin cute!!!!! Brilliant idea!!! I need to make these right away. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. This is such a great tutorial, thanks! I can't wait to dress up some Christmas packages with special tape :)

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  28. I received some little tape pieces from a friend, but I wasn't sure how to go about making my own. Fun, fun! Thanks for sharing. I've got plenty of washi tape, but I'd love to do this with some scraps soon!

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  29. What great idea, and seems easy enough! Thanks!

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  30. Great tutorial! I've never worked with this tape stuff that everyone is talking about, but I need to check it out. Thanks for the chance to win!
    tilleybl@aol.com

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  31. Nice idea Ayumi.Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  32. Great tutorial! Thank you. I am one of those people...I vowed to start preparing for Christmas in July this year. Well, there is still some July left......

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  33. That's a fabulous idea:) and hahaha i hope you have enough time to craft out some handmade christmas presents this year! By the way i want to use this chance to thank you for all your lovely tutorials:D i might not start sewing if not because of them:p

    andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi andri,

      You are so welcome ;) I am glad you enjoy my tutes!

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  34. A good idea, but I just don't think I can start Christmas in July---UGH!

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  35. What a cute idea! That tape would look so sweet on packages :)

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  36. oh ayumi! this is so totally cute. will be making a bunch. :) your way looks so easy compared to others I've seen. :)

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  37. Such a clever idea! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. What a great idea...thanks for sharing!

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  39. Wow...what a unique idea! I have never seen this before!

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  40. What a great idea. I came across a roll of double sided tape just last night when I was sorting through craft stuff. Must have a go at this!

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  41. Brilliant idea Ayumi! tks fr the tip! xx

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  42. How cute! And so simple. I just might have to give it a try.

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  43. So sweet, and so do-able! I love this idea!!!

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  44. Very clever! Thanks for sharing!

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  45. You always have the best ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. HELLO! THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING IDEAS!
    NEAT GIVEAWAY TOO!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  47. Oh Ayumi, Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  48. That is the cutest tape ever!! I love it :)

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  49. What a great idea. I love this. You are just so clever. Thank you for showing this to us.

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  50. Oh you clever thing you!! Great idea - I might end up just giving the tape as the gift though!

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  51. We have rolls of contact paper that could work great for this, I will give it a try.

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  52. This is a cute idea! Thanks for the tip.

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  53. What a wonderful idea. I really love this. I am going to have to try this. Thanks so much for the tutorial. Ohhh I can see possibilities. LOL
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  54. Thanks for the tutorial. So cute ^^

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  55. Kristen SandersonJuly 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Great tutorial! Thanks for the chance. ksanderson@hotmail.ca

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  56. Thank you for such a great tutorial!! Love it!! Can't wait to try it!! Have a lovely day! xo Heather

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  57. Love the fabric tape tutorial! Will really dress up my package wrapped in brown kraft paper.

    Materialmoments@yahoo.com

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  58. You are so clever! This is a great idea for using scraps. Thank you for this tutorial.

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  59. That looks terrific, I must read it again and get my head around it, it would come in so useful!! (and pretty!)

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  60. Thanks for the tutorial, It's great for scraps.

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  61. What a great idea - and so do-able!! Thanks for the tuorial and for the chance to win!

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  62. What a great idea and what a fun event! Thanks!

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  63. What a fantastic - and fun - idea! A great way to use all those scraps that keep piling up but I can't bear to throw away!

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  64. That's such a fun idea and an awesome use for scraps! I may have to try this out sometime =D

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  65. such cute tape, i must have a go at this, the perfect way to use up fabric scraps.

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  66. Well I'll be darned...what a creative idea! I might just have to give that a try!

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  67. This is such a great idea! I always need cute tape!

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  68. Great tutorial! My own little washi! Thank you!

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  69. Such a cute idea, and great use for scraps!

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  70. What a great idea! Never would have thought! Thanks for the tutorial and chance to win!

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  71. Such a cute and clever idea, Ayumi! I never would have thought of this!

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  72. Thank you for the unique tutorial and the giveaway! awolk at rogers dot com

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  73. Thanks for sharing this great idea - please enter me in your giveaway!

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  74. What a great idea, Ayumi! Too bad you weren't scheduled for July 23. Oh, wait! You'll probably be too busy eating cake then! ;)

    Thanks for a very practical, fun tutorial!

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  75. Thank you for the nice tutorial and the giveaway. Merry Christmas in July.

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  76. What a wonderful idea! This is great - I need motivation to get started on Christmas now. Thanks to you and Kathy for the chance to win!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  77. What a cute idea! Thanks for having a giveaway.

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  78. That's such a great idea. I am thinking kraft (brown) paper and fabric tape for all gifts!

    brookeali(at)hotmail.com

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  79. Cool idea - something the kids can try on their own as well! Thanks for this tutorial and the giveaway!

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  80. oh my gosh Ayumi, I love this idea!! Maybe the RATZ swap will do it for one of the months, I want to start making some right away :) Hugs!

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  81. You're so clever to come up with this idea for tape. How DOES one's mind work to be so creative!? Thanks for sharing this. And thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  82. I love this idea? It would not only make my Christmas presents a pretty flare, BUT make great gifts for my fellow teachers. You could make up some of this and hand them out at the beginning of the year as a supply gift. ;o)

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  83. Oh Ayumi! I just love Japanese fabric because of you and what special things you do with them! Thanks for giving us so much inspiration and please please mr. random number chooser....it's my turn to win!

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  84. I like the tutorial. I think I will use some cildren's prints and the tape will be on the grandsons' presents. Thank you for a chance at your giveaway.

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  85. You always have such great tutorials! This one is perfect for any time of year for personal use as. Well as gift giving to crafty friends. I'd love to receive a little container full of an assortment of tapes. These would be fun for a swap, too!
    Thanks so much,
    Betsy in the Seattle suburbs

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  86. Great project!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  87. I had never thought of this idea . Yay for Ayumi ! Thanks for the chance to win .

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  88. I am a notorious hoarder of scraps and this idea to turn them into pretty tape is brilliant! Thanks for the idea and the giveaway!

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  89. Rocks tar, as always!! I love this idea!

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  90. This fabric tape is so cute! Fantastic idea!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

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  91. What a cute idea! I am definitely going to do this.

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  92. That is such a great idea to use up some fabric scraps Definitely will have to try it sometime!

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  93. This is a great idea and such a good way to use up fabric scraps. Thank you for sharing it!

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  94. very clever and cute of course! thank you for the tutorial - I love cute tapes!

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  95. How cute! I definitely will have to try this out because I always hand out little baggies of homemade goodies. It makes the perfect accent.

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  96. I love the fabric tape idea! These would even make a cute little gift for my office worker friends - how cheery to have these little pieces of tape to use :) Please enter me for a chance to win your give-away.
    Thanks!
    Smiles, DianeM

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  97. Your popsicles are adorable - the watermelon my favorite. I love blog hops because they introduce us to sites we would never be aware of. Your pleated bag is great too! Have a great day!

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  98. These are very cute. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  99. What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial, and chance to win!

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  100. I can see all sorts of uses for the fabric tapes, thank you! The popsicles are wonderful, almost enough to make me try paper piecing!

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  101. Brilliant idea! I can't wait to try it!

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  102. this is such a great idea ayumi! love it! xo

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  103. Your first paragraph is me in a nutshell every year! Love this idea!

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  104. Thanks for the tutorial & the chance to win! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  105. What a great idea to make packages look even more special! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  106. Wow, fabric tape is such a clever idea! Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win.

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  107. what a cute idea, Ayumi. I miss you!

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  108. Such a fun idea. Thanks for sharing it with us, and the giveaway!

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  109. Wht a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  110. I can think of SO many uses for this!! Great idea! Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win! :-)

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  111. double sided tape here has a backing, but it would work, you just don't need to do the stage with the parchment

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  112. Thanks for your tut. I can see where this could be used in all kinds of ways.

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  113. Such a cute idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  114. i LOVE this tutorial=thank you. i will definitely be making some mini tape.

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  115. Howdy from Texas!
    Would love a chance to win this. I am new to your blog, found you through Lori Holt. I love the Christmas tree patchwork block button, do you have that pattern to share or buy?

    Martha
    http://mcsqrd.blogspot.com/
    MCSQRD29@aol.com

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    1. Howdy, Martha!
      The Christmas tree pattern is not mine. It must be Elizabeth's lovely work ;) You can contact her here!
      http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com/

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  116. I'm loving this blog hop. And what a cute idea for fabric tape! I'll definitely be using this tutorial.

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  117. Sweet! This is definitely a great way of using left over bits and pieces of fabric...plus, I already have the double-sided tape and parchment paper. ThankS!

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  118. What great idea! Another of those "Why didn't I think of that?" ideas.

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  119. Very clever! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  120. This is a great idea for decorating packages. Thanks!

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  121. Ahhh, how many years have I been meaning to make all my Christmas gifts?! Food I can do, but I've yet to make those Kindle covers for my Mom and best friend :)
    Thanks!

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  122. What a fun way to use up scraps! Thanks for sharing this idea!

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  123. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

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  124. Those are so cute and fun to make too. I definitely learned from your tutorial. Thanks to you and PCF for a very nice giveaway.

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  125. These are so cute. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  126. Wow what a great idea. How cute would it be to use a few scraps from a gift project as accent ape on the gift pabkaging!!!! I hope i win the gift card too ;-).

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  127. I'm sure it is midnight in Japan, but it's only 11:17 p.m. here :) This is a fabulous idea and I think I will make some of these little tapes. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

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  128. I think I'm pass midnight but I just wanted to say what a super clever idea! This has so many uses! Thanks for sharing this.

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  129. What a fabulous idea!!!
    Now I just have to find the double sided tape in the basement ??!!

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  130. I luv your blog and it comes as no surprise that you came up with this great idea!!!!

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  131. Thank you so much everyone! Although I could't reply to comments individually this time, I have read and enjoyed your lovely comments ;)

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