How to Glue Fabric to Vinyl

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Gluing fabric to vinyl is a necessary step in a variety of crafts projects or fashion designs. It's usually a smart alternative to sewing, as puncturing vinyl with a needle can sometimes create holes which can expand to large or small rips. When it comes to gluing vinyl, you have a couple options: you can use a mild, non-toxic, all-purpose, white craft glue or you can use a fast-bonding spray adhesive which bonds faster, but is slightly more toxic.

Things You'll Need

  • PVA glue or spray adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Vinyl

Non-Toxic Glue

Apply polyvinyl acetate (PVA) glue to the underside of the fabric and attach to the vinyl surface. Press down on the fabric. Wipe away any excess glue with a damp cloth moistened with a touch of soap.

Clamp the fabric down onto the vinyl. PVA is a glue that provides the best hold when there is steady pressure during the drying process. Wrap a rubber band around the fabric and vinyl, or use a clothespin or duct tape.

Keep the fabric and vinyl at room temperature while it dries. Depending on the amount of fabric and vinyl and the thickness, the glue should dry in 15 to 25 minutes. As PVA glue is non-toxic, you don't need to be outside when gluing, but the air should circulate somewhat in the room.

Spray Adhesive

Check the fabric and vinyl and make sure they are free of dirt or contaminants. Shake the can vigorously and proceed to an extremely well-ventilated area: outside is preferable.

Line up the nozzle arrow with the dot on the top of the can. Spray the vinyl with a light coat from 6 to 8 inches away. Wait 30 seconds.

Press the fabric down on the vinyl. Wait 2 to 5 minutes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful not to glue down the object that you are using as a clamp. Wax paper is sometimes a good preventative barrier.
  • When finished, wash your hands thoroughly.

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