How to Remove Double-Sided No-Sew Tape

A steam iron helps remove no-sew tape from your fabrics with ease.
A steam iron helps remove no-sew tape from your fabrics with ease. (Image: iron image by Goran Bogicevic from

Fusible tape, also known as no-sew tape, allows you to skip the daunting process of securing fabric together by using an adhesive surface on either side of the tape. The use of tape over sewing is a shortcut, as it does not last as long as actually sewing the fabric together and is intended for short-term use. Thankfully, the no-sew tape can be removed just as easily as it was initially applied with high levels of heat to activate its sticky surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Steam iron
  • Ironing board
  • Paper towel
  • Lint-free cloth

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Turn the steam iron's dial to the appropriate heat setting for the fabric, and wait three to five minutes for the iron to warm up.

Lay the fabric on the ironing board, and cover the fabric with a paper towel.

Press the iron against the paper towel, and press the steam button on the iron to release steam. Slowly move the iron up against the paper towel to re-activate the tape's adhesive.

Remove the paper towel from the fabric, and gently pull apart the fabric.

Wet the cleaning cloth with warm water, and wipe the tape from the fabric.

Turn off the iron, and allow the fabric to air dry.


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