How to Make Fabric Shade Cards

Fabric shade cars are an ideal reference for showing the colour range available in any one fabric

Steps

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    Lay down your piece of card with holes face-down on your working surface. You now need to line this piece of card with double side tape, do your best to completely cover it to make it sticky on as much of its surface area as possible. This will ensure that your shade card is sturdy.
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    After you’ve lined your card with double-sided tape, remove the protective layer from the double-sided tape, exposing the sticky substance.
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    Lay your fabric selection down on the sheet. Remember to lay your fabric face down, as it will be seen through the holes on the card later on. You need to ensure that your fabric is sticking securely to the double-sided tape that has been placed previously, this will stop is coming loose later on.
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    Now that your fabric is placed, put pieces of double side tape across the back of them, to make that side sticky again. Before removing the protective backing, we recommend rolling over the tape with a roller to ensure an even placement. Remove the protective backing of the double-sided tape.
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    Fold over your current piece of card, this will close the shade card permanently, so ensure that you’re finished adding in fabrics at this point. Once the card is folded over and closed, we recommend rolling over this with a roller, to ensure a secure fastening.
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    To further protect your shade cards or for presentation purposes you can add an optional cover to this shade card. We use pre-made and pre-cut sheets to accomplish for ourselves, and simply affix them with double-sided tape. If you’re using hand-made solutions, you’d be best to use an entire piece of card for this section, and just line one entire half with double-sided tape, then sticking the whole shade card to it.
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    You're done.
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    Finished.

Things You'll Need

  • Small cuts of each fabric colour you have (around 3cm x 5cm)
  • Strong card, with a square cut out for each fabric sample
  • Double-sided tape (preferably of the strong variety)
  • A roller is recommended, but not required.
  • A sharp knife, such as a Stanley knife, is recommended, but not required.

Article Info

Categories: Fabric and Clothing Decoration