Saturday, May 13, 2017

In the Hoop Quilting? Save the Mesh!

After many months of in the hoop quilt projects I began to realize just how often I was ordering the no-show mesh for my projects. Don't get me wrong, I like the stuff, but I needed to find a way to be more "frugal" in my usage.

Idea after idea rolled through my brain; just about to give up I noticed a product on my shelf. Desperate, I tried it.....the rest is history for me. Meet my new best in the hoop quilting friend: 3M Extra Strong Duct Tape!

I actually purchased the roll at Lowe's for under $5.00, and it goes a long way! It is smooth and glossy on the non-tacky side and is with out fibers (like the Duct Tape at Michael's). I apply it to the back of my hoop and when I remove it, it leaves no sticky residue. Once I place it on my hoop, the sticky window can be used over and over again! (I have actually complete up to 16 blocks with one taping of the hoop!) The best allows me to cut smaller pieces of no-show mesh, actually saving yardage over the course of a project! 

Join me in this video as I show you how I use this hidden treasure! 

As always....keep sorting the scraps and generating the gems! 


  1. This is a fantastic idea! Could you please check the name of the tape as I'm only finding "extra heavy duty" but don't want to mess things up by using the wrong one?

    1. Did you ever get a response? I'm looking for this as well. I can only find the "extra heavy duty" in black, silver and olive green. It looks like it's 2" wide.

  2. Thank you Jeannie! Awesome as always!! ☺