How to Stick Paper to Felt

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Use fabric glue to adhere felt to paper.
Use fabric glue to adhere felt to paper. (Image: stern image by Westa Zikas from Fotolia.com)

Crafters might adhere paper to felt for a variety of reasons. Felt adds texture and dimension to scrapbook pages, felt makes a wonderful backing for paper or card stock flannel-board figures, and felt features are popular on homemade greeting cards. Getting felt to stick to paper can be tricky if you use the wrong kind of adhesive. Fabric glue is made just for this purpose, and using it correctly can reduce frustration during your craft projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Felt
  • Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Fabric glue
  • Craft stick

Wash and dry the felt before you attempt to adhere it to paper. Fabric glue works best when the fabric is clean and dry. Wash the felt by hand in cold water with mild detergent. Lay it flat on a towel to dry so it keeps its shape.

Protect your table with a layer of newspapers. Shake the bottle of fabric glue. Apply it to the felt evenly. Use a craft stick to spread the glue over the entire surface of the felt. Place the felt glue-side down on the paper.

Allow the glued items to dry for 24 hours. Make sure the glue hasn't stuck to the newspaper underneath your project, or the newspaper may become a permanent part of your project. Fabric glue takes 24 hours to set, so place your project in an out-of-the-way place while it dries.

To clean up wet glue, wash your hands and the table top with soap and water. If fabric glue has dried anywhere, remove it with fingernail polish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember that fabric glue may stiffen the items it adheres. Test the glue in an inconspicuous place if you are concerned about the felt changing colors because of a reaction to the glue.

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