Iron-on patches don’t have to be boring! Nuno Deco tape and sheets are made from gorgeous woven fabric with a thin layer of adhesive added, combining style with convenience.
Nuno Deco tape and sheets are perfect for rips, frayed seams, holes and stains on clothes, canvas shoes and tote bags, and for decorating paper, glass and metal. They’re washable and resistant to fraying – just iron on and stitch to secure.
I first bought Nuno Deco products on a trip to Tokyu Hands department store. Most recently I’ve used them to mend holey sweatpants, to extend face-mask fabric layers cut with too small a seam allowance, to seal small crotch rips before machine darning, and to beautify botched author signatures on Modern Mending the book (whoopsy).
I’ve chosen 14 varieties of tape for this shop. There are six chambray options (two-tone fabric woven from white and another colour of thread); blue chambray and navy blue chambray are recommended for blended mends on jeans.
- Optional: trace a shape or design onto the backing paper.
- Cut the tape/sheet to your desired length and/or shape.
- Optional: write on the fabric side of the tape/sheet with a permanent marking pen (fabric side only – don’t write on the adhesive side).
- Peel off the backing paper and stick the tape/sheet on the area to be mended.
- Iron without steam for 20-25 seconds, then allow to cool before touching. (When decorating non-fabric items such as paper and glass, there's no need to iron.)
- Stitch with a needle and thread (by hand or machine) to secure.
Nuno Deco tape and sheets have permanent adhesive, but for best results I recommend stitching to secure the mend and prevent peeling edges (particularly for stretch fabrics).
This product is not recommended for thin, delicate or waterproof fabrics that cannot be ironed at a medium temperature. It might not adhere to coated or uneven materials. When washing, the colour may fade or transfer to other clothing. Avoid bleach and do not dry clean.
Made in Japan and packaged in a clear PET plastic box with paper insert by the manufacturer. Cloth is 100% cotton (except navy blue, teal and red chambray, which are 55% cotton / 45% polyester) with an adhesive resin backing.
Each roll of tape measures 1.5cm x 1.2m. For wider iron-on fabric try Nuno Deco sheets.
To make your own iron-on fabric tape, try fusible web.
Holiday update + shop closures
14 December 2023 (5pm AEDT):
Last orders for Christmas delivery in Australia
HOLIDAY BREAK: 14 December (5pm AEDT) to 2 January
Orders placed during this time will ship on 5 January.
10 January 2024 (5pm AEDT):
Last chance to order before the big break
BIG BREAK: 10 January (5pm AEDT) to late February / early March 2024 (tbc)
This shop will shut for at least six weeks (no purchases can be made during this time).
Read on for details...
HOLIDAY BREAK (December 2023)
2023 orders close at 5pm on 14 December, and I’m planning to be back at work on 3 January. During the holiday break you will be able to place orders as usual, but postal orders will not ship until 5 January. Gift vouchers will be available for purchase 24/7 and delivered automagically by email.
BIG BREAK (January/February 2024)
It’s time for the ELF herself to check in for repairs! I’m having major surgery and will need at least six weeks of recovery time, with lots of rest and no heavy lifting (including shop orders).
After 5pm on 10 January I will disable the shop checkout; you will be able to browse but not purchase anything (including gift vouchers) until the shop reopens in late February or early March – once I've made a full recovery. Mailing-list subscribers will be notified when the shop reopens.
This shop dispatches orders once a week so I can do alllll the things – including running this shop and running after two tiny tots – and enjoy my life. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
Place your order by 5pm Thursday Melbourne time (AEDT/AEST) for dispatch by Monday.
(NOTE: I drop off most orders at my local post office on Fridays, but I'm told they don't physically leave the post office and start making their way to you until Monday.)
I ship via Australia Post because it’s reliable, trackable and carbon-neutral.
If you select Express Post at checkout, it will speed up Australia Post's delivery timeframe but won't speed up my process.
After your order has been packed, you will receive an email notification with your Australia Post tracking number, which you can use to check on the delivery status of your order.
International customers: click here for current Australia Post international delivery timeframes.
Shipping is currently a flat rate of $12 within Australia ($17 Express Post); international shipping is calculated at checkout. Gift cards are delivered electronically and do not require shipping.
I ship worldwide with the exception of the UK, due to VAT regulations that came into effect on 1 January 2021. If you are in the UK you can order the UK edition of my book from your local bookshop.
Customers in Northcote, Thornbury and nearby suburbs (subject to capacity) can select local delivery at checkout. Local delivery is extra-slow and coincides with my pram-walking/kid-wrangling schedule, up to one week after purchase. ٩(｡•́‿•̀｡)۶
I choose to reuse
When shipping orders my first priority is to reuse packaging materials whenever possible – boxes, padded mailers, cardboard, paper, tissue paper, bubble wrap and egg cartons from neighbours, second-hand shops and recycling centres. I cannot guarantee the materials used to ship your order will be plastic-free for this reason.
My tags and labels are stamped by hand onto compostable paper tape or preloved cardboard packaging.
I buy recycled packaging
If I don’t have suitable second-hand packaging to use for your order, my next priority is packaging made from recycled materials. It's important to me to support Australian companies making good products from our recyclables, and to make sure that material gets a second life.
I use compostable, gummed kraft-paper tape to seal my parcels whenever possible. I have a second-hand tape wetter that I love, purchased from my local op shop. Gummed paper tape is available at most art-supply shops if you want to make the switch yourself!
Express Post orders will have official plastic "Express Post" tape added.
International orders with many items will have a plastic pocket taped to them, to accommodate additional paperwork required by customs.
Individual product packaging
Every item for sale on this website has its packaging components listed and in most cases photographed, so you can make an informed decision.
When I speak to my suppliers I specifically ask that my orders be supplied to me without plastic packaging, whenever possible, to avoid waste and single-use plastic. This isn’t always possible, but I’ll keep asking, forever.
Here's how one of my suppliers has my name recorded in its database: