Webbing and Tape Selection Guide

Webbing and tape can be used in a wide variety of products. Because of this, they come in many different forms: Polyester webbing. Vinyl facing. Furniture strapping. Heat bond tape. Double-sided seam tape. Hook and loop fasteners.

Each type offers distinct functions and features. Depending on the purpose, you’ll find some of these products in our Webbing & Tape and some in our Adhesives.

To see how each type is broken down, read through the quick guide below.

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What is webbing and tape?

“Webbing” and “tape” are both industry terms that simply mean “a strip of fabric.” They're available in many types of fabric including flat nylon, cotton twill, polyester, and polypro fabrics. Durability varies from heavy-duty, high-strength, and mil-spec products to light and breathable.

So what's the difference between webbing and tape? Webbing is typically stronger and thicker than tape while tape is often preferred for lightweight applications.

What is webbing and tape used for?

Many of the products we use every day have webbing straps. Webbing and tape are often used for decorative furniture trim, tie downs, sporting goods, shade edge reinforcement, belts, purses, backpack straps, bag straps, seatbelts, dog collars, parachutes, lanyards, and more.

Webbing fabric is very strong, with breaking strengths of upwards to 10,000 pounds, which is why it has many load-bearing and safety applications.

How do you install webbing and tape?

How you will apply webbing and tape will depend on your project and the materials you choose. Webbing and tape are available by the yard or roll in different fabrics and sizes. Tape and webbing fabric can be applied by sewing or using adhesive or heat. Hook and loop fastening tape, like VELCRO® Brand products, is also an option.

Types of webbing

Webbing can be either tubular webbing or flat webbing. Flat webbing is a solid weave of the fabric. It's often used for straps on bags and backpacks. Tubular means that the webbing is woven in the shape of a tube then flattened to offer double layers. Tubular webbing has many safety applications for kayaking, anchor climbing, and camping.

There are many types of fabrics used for webbing tape. These fabrics include canvas, acrylic, nylon, polypropylene, polyester, and cotton twill. The type you use will depend on your specific application. We have many tape and webbing products available for you in a variety of widths, colors, thicknesses, and materials.

To see how each product type is broken down, read through our quick guide below.


Fabric Webbing

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webbing strand
Fabric webbing or strapping is typically made with a basket or tight weave construction. The webbing fabric comes in materials like polypropylene, polyester, nylon, Dacron®, cotton, and acrylic. Check out each type for specific features. Cotton normally has the lowest breaking strength while polyester has the highest. Applications include tie downs, shade sail edges, bundling, banding, apparel, upholstery, bag straps, furniture strapping, curtain reinforcement, outdoor gear, decorative trim, and marine canvas functions.

Featured items:

#576020 - White Polypropylene Webbing PP037 1" x 100 Yards 
#575246 - Black Nylon Webbing 17337 2" x 100 Yards
#572120 - Natural Untreated Class 1 Cotton Webbing Type I 1" x 100 Yards  

Fabric Tape

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fabric tape strand
The main distinguisher between fabric webbing and fabric tape is that tape typically isn’t as strong. Made from a twill weave structure, fabric tape is often made from cotton. The strap material offers a lightweight construction best used for fabric binding, tying, or finishing raw edges. Fabric tape is best if you’re looking for a natural and inexpensive option.

Featured items:

#572058 - Natural Unbleached Heavy Cotton Tape 1/2" x 72 Yards
#572112 - Natural Unbleached Cotton Tape B0078 1" x 100 Yards

Heat Bonding Tape

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thermo bonding tape strand
vinyl welding tape loop
vinyl welding tape strand
Bonding tape is commonly referred to as heat tape, heat seal tape, thermos or thermal tape, or welding tape. By placing the tape between two pieces of fabric and applying heat, the fabric will cleanly bind together. Bonding tape eliminates the need for sewing and creates a stitch-free, waterproof seam. It’s used in conjunction with an RF (Radio Frequency), Hot Wedge, or Hot Air welder.

Note: Please ensure the fabric you use for this method is heat-compatible. Some common heat-capable fabrics are acrylic and vinyl.

Featured items:

#500440 - SS71 Bonding Tape MW 7/8" x 100 Yards
#500581 - White Uniseam Thermo Bonding Tape FR 7/8" x 100 Yards
#500482 - Clear Vinyl Welding Tape 3/4" x 36 Yards

Seam Seal / Double-Sided Tape

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seam seal tape strand
Seam seal tape wears many names in the fabrication world: seam tape, double-faced or double-sided tape, transfer tape, basting tape, and Seamstick. All refer to a clear, double-sided adhesive tape with a paper transfer backing. While there are countless uses across industries, fabricators typically use the tape for tacking down fabric prior to sewing seams. It’s great for upholstery fabric projects, custom awnings, boat sails and other marine applications, bonding and laminating, and more.

A few distinctions to keep in mind when selecting the right seam tape:

  • Transfer tape = used on acrylic fabrics
  • Rubber tape = strong adhesion; used on acrylic and vinyl fabrics; known to turn slightly yellow over time
  • Acrylic tape = not quite as adhesive as rubber; used on all fabrics; will not turn yellow
  • Super Seamstick = very strong adhesion; used on acrylic and vinyl; holds up well in the sun

Featured items:

#500403 - White Double-Faced Adhesive Tape #5931N 1/2" x 36 Yards
#500422 - Super Seamstick/Hi-Tack Adhesive Tape #2263 1" x 60 Yards

Hook and Loop Fastening Tape

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velcro nylon tape hook strand
Most commonly associated with the VELCRO® brand namesake, hook and loop fastener tape is used for fastening and bundling. It consists of two mating strips (the male/hook side and the female/loop side) that adhere when pressed together. This eliminates the need for snaps, buckles, or other fastening hardware. Some product types include an adhesive backing to mount objects to surfaces. Many are suitable for outdoor use. Applications include tying, bundling, mounting and adhering, and many industrial uses.

Featured items:

#580260 - Black VELCRO® Brand Nylon Tape Hook #88 Adhesive Backing #191051 1" x 25 Yards
#580275 - Black VELCRO® Brand Nylon Tape Hook #88 #194175 2" x 50 Yards

Reinforcing Tape

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reinforcing tape strand
Reinforcing tape is also called reinforced tape, fiber tape, or filament tape. Generally made from clear laminate and polyester scrim, the non-adhesive tape is strong, stable, and weather resistant. The fiber reinforced tape is used to support pressure points on awnings, boat covers, enclosures, and more. Because it's waterproof, it's perfect for outdoor and boating applications. 

Featured item:

#500427 - Clear Reinforcing Tape 2" x 65 Yards, 12 Ounces

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