How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

eHow may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.
Make a statement at prom with a handmade duct tape dress.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

A handmade duct tape prom dress expresses your creativity, style and personality. Equal parts funky and cool, it will surely turn heads on your big night. This step-by-step breaks down the process so you can easily create your own. Pull out your determination and patience, and get started on your very own duct tape dress.

Things You'll Need

  • Turquoise duct tape (6 rolls)

  • Gold duct tape (2 rolls)

  • Flat bed sheet (Use an inexpensive flat bed sheet in the same color as the main color of duct tape.)

  • Sharp scissors

  • Sewing machine

  • Thread

  • Yardstick

  • Measuring tape

  • Pencil

  • Velcro strip

  • 7-inch wide circular item

Duct Tape Prom Dress Tutorial

Step 1

Follow the diagram to compute the width and height of your rectangle.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Measure around your chest and add 1/2 inch to obtain the width of the fabric rectangle that becomes the bodice of the dress. Measure from the top of your chest to the beginning of your waist. Add 1 1/2 inches to determine the height of your rectangle.

Step 2

Use the yardstick to measure the fabric.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Cut the rectangle from the flat bed sheet. Cover the entire rectangle with duct tape, one strip at a time.

Step 3

Cut along the top and bottom for clean, straight edges.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Trim 1/2 - 3/4 inch along the top and bottom edges.

Step 4

Fold tape over the raw vertical edges.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Add a strip of tape to one vertical side of the rectangle, with half of the tape strip extending past the edge. Fold it over the edge and press it into place. Repeat on the other vertical side.

Step 5

Measure the Velcro before you cut.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Measure and cut a strand of Velcro long enough for one vertical side.

Step 6

Velcro has two separate strips of material.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Peel apart the Velcro.

Step 7

Use a sewing machine to attach the Velcro to the duct tape dress.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Sew one half of the Velcro to the tape surface of the rectangle. For best results, use a denim sewing needle.

Step 8

Line up the Velcro strips before sewing.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Sew the other half of the Velcro to the fabric surface of the rectangle. Make sure the Velcro strips face each other.

Step 9

Fold the rectangle in half horizontally.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Fold the rectangle in half horizontally so the Velcro strips attach.

Step 10

Cutting a corner creates a sweetheart neckline.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Cut off the top corner diagonally to create a sweetheart neckline.

Step 11

Add tape to the raw neckline.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Fold strips of tape over the raw edge of the sweetheart neckline. Press the tape firmly.

Step 12

Create additional panels if you need more.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Cut and tape a second fabric rectangle for the skirt. Start with a width at least 36 inches. This measurement yields 5 full turquoise panels. Depending on the size of your waist., you can increase or decrease this measurement. The length should be the desired length of your dress (from the waist to bottom) plus 2 inches. For this dress, the length of the fabric was 20 inches. The finished length of the dress is 18 inches.

Step 13

This diagram shows the layout of the panels.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

On the fabric side, draw triangles as long as the desired length of the dress. For this dress, it is 18 inches.

The base of each triangle should be as wide as the desired width of each panel. For this dress, it is 6 inches. For smaller or wider panels, adjust this measurement accordingly.

The midpoint of each triangle is 1/2 of the triangle's base width. For this project, the midpoint is at 3 inches.

The midpoint to the top of each triangle should also measure the desired length of the dress. For a longer dress bottom, adjust this measurement accordingly.

The yellow highlighter indicates the edge of the fabric. The blue pen indicates where the measurements should begin.

Step 14

Each triangle becomes a panel.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Cut out the triangles. Each triangle becomes a panel.

Step 15

Create more triangles as needed.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

The number of triangles needed depends on the size of your waist. If you need more triangle panels, repeat Steps 13 through 15.

Step 16

Add the gold accents.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Add a strip of gold duct tape to the long side of one triangle. The gold duct tape should overlap the triangle by 1/4 inch.

Step 17

Overlap the gold duct tape by 1/4 inch.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Connect to a second triangle by adding a second strip of gold duct tape.

Step 18

Add more gold tape.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Turn the tape over. Add short strips of tape to the sticky back side. It is easier to use shorter strips when sticking tape to tape.

Step 19

Build the dress bottom by connecting triangles.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Build the dress bottom by connecting triangles. Connect the triangles with gold tape until the dress bottom fits around your waist.

Step 20

The edge of the circle should meet the edge of the dress.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

To make a scalloped edge, trace a 7-inch wide circle on the turquoise panels. This project used a cork trivet. Circular items that work for making the scalloped bottom include potholders, plates, large mugs, CDs and rolls of tape.

Step 21

Lightly trace the circular item with a pencil.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Use a pencil to lightly trace a 4- to 4 1/4-inch wide circle item on the gold panels. This project used a full roll of duct tape.

Step 22

Cut carefully and slowly for best results.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Cut along the traced lines to create a scalloped bottom. Cut carefully and slowly for best results.

Step 23

Erase or rub off leftover pencil marks.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

Continue cutting around the dress, and be sure to erase or rub off leftover pencil marks.

Step 24

Ask a friend or family member to help you with this step.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

When you're ready to wear the dress, put on the top portion first. Next, wrap the bottom around your waist and tape it in place. Add tape to the back of the dress bottom, if needed.

Step 25

Lightly fold the pleats to shape the dress.
Image Credit: How to Make a Nice Duct Tape Dress

To accentuate the panels, lightly fold each panel.

Warning

Duct tape is extremely sticky and easily adheres to itself. Work carefully to prevent strips of tape from sticking to each other.

When sewing Velcro and duct tape fabric, use a denim needle. These needles are strong and can handle the thickness of these materials.

It is exceptionally challenging to make this dress without a fabric lining. To make the dress 100% duct tape, strips of tape must be taped together with the sticky sides facing other. Because duct tape is extremely sticky, this may be more frustrating.