How to Make Letters Restick on Clothing

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If your shirt letters start to peel, stick them back on with fabric glue.
If your shirt letters start to peel, stick them back on with fabric glue. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Letters on clothing are used for decoration, to make team uniforms, to show support for a school or other organization and just for amusement. These letters are stuck to clothing in different ways, including adhesive backs, fabric glue or heat transfer. Over time, these adhesives may start to peel. If this occurs, there is no need to throw out the garment. You can re-stick the letters into place using a simple solution of fabric glue. Fabric glue is flexible and fast-drying and will restore most letters to clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric glue
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Towel
  • Hair dryer (optional)

Apply a layer of fabric glue to the underside of the peeling letter. Spread the glue so that it covers the entire width of the loose area of the letter. Make sure you don’t have so much glue that it will ooze out from the edge of the letter when pressed into place. Press the letter in place against the fabric of the item.

Place the ironing board in an out-of-the-way area close to an electrical outlet. Heat the iron on low heat.

Place a towel over the letter. Place the iron on top of the towel. Hold the iron in place for about 30 seconds.

Remove the iron and towel. Allow the fabric piece to dry for 24 hours. After 24 hours, check to make sure the letter is secure. If it is not, then reapply a second layer of glue to any loose areas and repeat the process.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use a hair dryer to help the letters glue back into place. Heat each letter for about five seconds with a hair dryer to help set the glue.

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