For the summer we are excited to be adding a bit more to our Sewing 101 Series. We wanted to talk sewing closures. Yes, closures. Things like zippers, buttons, snaps and hook and loop tape. Closures are necessary to understand when sewing. They can be scary, but once you understand the "How" it isn't as scary as you think. So stick with us and you'll be successful!
Today's closure is Hook and Loop Tape (affiliate). Hook and Loop tape is probably the easier closure you can use. Many call it "Velcro". But that is just a brand name. Hook and Loop tape takes a minimal amount of sewing and it holds up really well in most instances. It works great for bags and craft projects and can be used on clothing but it isn't the most comfortable of choices.
Here is my children's quiet book for church. I made a fun cover that has hook and loop tape to close it. I only needed about 1".
An accessory you'll often use hook and loop tape is on Bow Ties. Here is one of my Little Man's Bow Ties. Totally cute and great for wearing under his button-up collar shirts.
To sew Hook and Loop tape all you need is your fabric, tape and thread. Of course you always want to reference your pattern before sewing to know how much hook and loop tape you'll need. Most often it is a small amount.
Separate your hook and loop tape. Decide which side will get the hooks and which the loops. It your tape is being used on clothing, you'll want to take a moment to think which side might come in contact with skin. Choose the loop side of the tape to touch the skin.
Place one side of the tape on your fabric. It is always smart to first mark where your tape will be placed with a fabric pen. Either pin your tape to the fabric or you can use a bit of hot glue or super glue to keep it from moving. Stitch a box around the tape and then place a criss-cross or "X" in the middle. This adds strength and keeps your tape from separating from the fabric.
You don't always need to do the criss-cross. See, my Bow Ties aren't criss-crossed. However, that is only because I wanted to reduce a little of the bulk of a seam. I almost always do the criss-cross.
Now, repeat with the opposite side. Tada!! You've just sewn hook and loop tape.
See! Wasn't that the easiest thing in the world. Now one more bit of advice. Your sewing needle. You'll want to make sure that the needle you use in your machine can handle sewing through the thick tape. I would suggest at least using a size 12. Otherwise, you'll probably break a needle. Also, make sure not to use the sticky back tape when sewing. If you do, your sewing needle will get covered and jam. You can grab the hook and loop tape for sewing HERE.