How to Make Fabric Glue

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Fabric glue is a lifesaver in craft projects that would otherwise require a sewing machine. Whether creating pillows, clothing or fabric-covered cards, fabric glue can save a lot of time and hassle. If you are out of fabric glue and having trouble locating it in a store near you, you can make your own easily with ingredients you probably already have in your crafting cabinet.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 tbsp. water
  • 4 packets gelatin
  • 4 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 4 tsp. glycerin
  • Small saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Sterile mason jar
  • Potholder
  • Heat the water to a boil in the saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat, placing the pan on a potholder so that it does not damage your counter or tabletop surface.

  • Whisk in the gelatin until it dissolves, breaking up all clumps.

  • Add vinegar and glycerin, stirring for five minutes to ensure thorough incorporation and a smooth texture to your glue. Carefully pour into a sterile mason jar and allow to cool just until warm to the touch. The more it cools, the more it will gel.

  • Re-warm the jar slightly in a pot of hot water when using the glue at a later date. This helps loosen up the mixture and makes it easy to work with.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mix gelatin until all clumps are dissolved; clumps will affect the texture and hold of your finished product.
  • Fabric glue should be applied to a seam in small sections away from the hemline to avoid having excess emerge from the hem's sides.
  • Apply the glue using an eyedropper or an empty squeeze bottle with a very narrow tip.
  • Ironing the seam will heat up the glue and may cause it to weaken.
  • Placing the fabric in the laundry machine may cause the glue to wash out.

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