Hook and eye tape--also referred to as hook and loop tape--is a washable, reusable fabric tape. It is useful for binding things together and as a fastener on clothing. When kept clean and treated with non-static spray, hook and eye tape can last for many years. Hook and eye tape comes in several different colours and varieties including sew-on, stick-on and iron-on.
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- Moderately Easy
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Choose the right hook and eye tape for your needs. The adhesive variety works best for smooth metal, plastic or wood items, while iron-on or sew-on tape works best for fabric items.
Cut equal-sized pieces of hook and eye tape for each closure you need. Hook tape is stiffer, and made of tiny plastic hooks. Eye tape is fuzzy, and made of tiny fabric loops. The tape only works when the "hooks" snag onto the "eyes" -- hooks will not adhere to hooks and eyes will not adhere to eyes.
Place a piece of eye tape on one side of your object, and a piece of hook tape on whatever you want the object to stick to. When using the hook and eye tape to secure a closure, align the two pieces perfectly so the tape sticks together when you use the closure.
Draw an outline around each piece of hook and eye tape with a pencil or chalk to mark where it should be placed on the item.
Clean your objects with soap and water and allow them to dry before using adhesive hook and eye tape. To apply adhesive tape, peel off the adhesive backing and place each strip of tape in the location you marked earlier.
Choose a thread that matches your hook and eye tape, when using sew-on tape. Place the piece of tape in its appropriate location and sew around the perimeter, then sew from one corner to the opposite corner in an "X" pattern. If sewing on circular tape, stitch an inscribed square or star instead of a circle.
Press an iron on the fabric side opposite the tape and hold for 60 seconds to secure iron-on hook and eye tape.
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