Permanent fabric glues can help you to realize your DIY project faster than with a sewing machine. Let’s be honest, not everybody loves to sew. That’s why most projects on Upcycling Couture don’t require you to own a sewing machine. Permanent Fabric Glue is a must-have if you love crafting without having to deal with the sewing machine.
Today, I’m sharing with you my best tips about how to choose the right permanent fabric glue for your DIY project.
What is Fabric Glue?
Fabric glue is a type of glue created to glue the fabric together. Fabric glue permanency and method of application can differ depending on the usage. There are a lot of brands in the market, it can be confusing to
Is it the right glue for your project?
This is an excellent question to ask yourself. It depends on the reason you need glue in the first place. Do you need to fix something temporarily because you don’t have time to sew? In that case, that might be better to choose a temporary fabric glue like X or Y.
I’m afraid the glue might leave stains, what should I do?
Some glues might leave yellow-ish stains on your fabric. You might see it quickly after applying the glue. That’s why it’s recommended to use good quality brands like Aleene’s glue, which has a clear dry.
How long should I wait for it to dry?
Usually, you will have to wait between 2h and 48h before the glue is completely dry. However, the timing can change depending on the quality of the glue you’re using.
How long should I wait before washing the fabric?
It’s always recommended to wait until the glue is fully dry. That means waiting between 48h to 72h before washing the fabric.
Is fabric glue easy to clean with soap and water ?
Most fabric glues are easy to clean with soap and water as long as they are not fully dry. Once the drying is done, it’s impossible to clean permanent fabric glues.
On the other hand, with temporary glues like X and Y, you can easily remove the glue by cleaning the fabric in the washing machine because the glue has a water-based formula.
Will the result look as good as if I was sewing?
In most cases, yes. There are a lot of projects on Upcycling Couture that have been made with just fabric glue like this Kitchen Apron made out of a pair of jeans. The finish
Our Top 10 Best Permanent Fabric Glues
Here’s a selection of the top 10 permanent fabric glues in the market.
Aleene’s 36116 Original Tacky Glue 3 Pack, 8 Oz
This is “America’s Favorite Crafting Glue” ! This premium all-purpose glue is perfect for all types of crafts. From wool to ceramics to metal or glass, its dry is definite and permanent.
- Safe for children
- Low Odor
- Clear Dry, don’t yellow over time
- 3 precision tips
- Easy to clean with soap and water before drying
Multifunction No Sew Glue, Secure Stitch Liquid Sewing Solution Kit, Sew Glue Liquid, Premium Craft & Fabric Glu
This liquid glue works with every type of fabric. It dries quickly in 1 or 2 minutes and resistance to high and low temperatures.
- Quick and clear dry
- Non-toxic materials
- Works with any type of fabrics
Yasutomo NP56J Nori Paste
If you are not into liquid glue, then you are going to love the Yasutomo Nori Paste. The Yasumoto Nori paste is an excellent glue for a variety of projects for school and home. It’s slow to dry and can easily be repositioned while wet. This product won’t soak through fabrics. It’s not recommended to use this glue on metal, plastic, or vellum.
- Slow Drying
- Starch Adhesive
Tear Mender Instant Fabric & Leather Adhesive Kit
This a water-based permanent fabric glue with no harmful chemicals. It dries quickly on any materials. We recommend using it for jeans and heavy fabric.
- Machine Washable
- Dry cleanable
- Don’t require the use of iron, heat, and solvent
- Water-Based formula
Avery Glue Stic White
This stick glue works on a variety of surfaces. It’s a reliable and permanent adhesive that can be washed easily off hands and clothes before it dries. Safe for children, this glue is non-toxic, acid-free, and all-purpose for school and home DIY projects.
- Safe for children
- Fast Dry
E6000 231020 Adhesive with Precision Tips
This is one of the most reliable glue brands in the market. It works on more surfaces than any other type of glue. We recommend using it for heavy fabrics but also for jewelry as it dries clear and it’s paintable.
- Includes 3 precision tips plus a precision tip cap
- Bonds to glass, wood, plastics, tin, metal, ceramic, cement, rubber, vinyl, leather, fabric and much more
- Dries clear, paintable
- Photo safe, temperature resistant
- Washer/dryer safe
Scotch Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strips
This is one of my favorite products! Those bonding strips will instantly bond any fabric (except silk) without sewing or ironing. This is perfect if you need to hem a pair of jeans quickly. It resists to cold water wash and low-temperature dry cycle.
- Easy application,
- Instantly bond fabric together
- 30 strips by package
- Works on almost all fabrics
Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
This is one of the leaders in the market. Beacon’s glue work on almost every surface and texture like fabrics, wood, plastic, etc. It’s quick to dry and washable.
Therm O Web PeelnStick Fabric Fuse Tape
This adhesive tape is an alternative to all the glue listed below if you need a washable, double-sided press-on adhesive. It’s perfect for hems and home decor DIY.
- Instant bond
- Double-sided adhesive
6X Speed-Sew Fabric Glue
Last but not least, we have Speed-Sew, which is fast drying and washing machine safe. It works on every type of surface. This glue might turn yellow with age.
- Fast dry
- Washing machine safe
- Might turn yellow with age
Durable fabric glues are very useful if you don’t like (or want) to sew. There differents types of fabric glue available in the market. You might need to choose the best adhesive for you, depending on its permanency, toxicity, or usage.