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How to attach Velcro to fabric

Updated February 21, 2017

Velcro hook and loop tape can close anything from a coat to a handbag. It is ideal for costumes when a show requires a quick change. A small square of tape can substitute for a snap or a button and a large strip can be used instead of a zipper. Hook and loop tape can also be used to replace a seam. Velcro is even useful in upholstery and for making clothing to suit a person with limited mobility.

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Velcro square

Cut a small square of Velco.

Separate the loop side from the hook side.

Place the hook square on one side of the opening in the garment, with the hooks facing up. Sew around all four edges of the square, 3 mm (1/8 inch) from the edge.

Place the loop square on the other side of the opening, with the loops facing down, so that the two squares will line up with each other when the sides are overlapped and the garment is closed. Sew around all four edges of the square, 3 mm (1/8 inch) from the edge.

Sew on additional squares as needed to close the item.

Velcro strip

Cut a strip of Velcro 2.5 cm (1 inch) shorter than the opening you wish to close.

Separate the hook side from the loop side.

Lay the hook strip of Velcro on one side of the opening in the garment, with the hooks up. The end of the strip should be 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) from the end of the opening. Sew along the edges of the tape, 3 mm (1/8 inch) from the edge.

Place the loop strip on the other side of the opening, with the loops facing down, so that the two strips will line up with each other when the edges of the fabric are overlapped and the garment is closed. Sew along both sides of the strip, 3 mm (1/8 inch) from the edge.

Tip

Sew the loop side of the tape to the side of the garment that faces the wearer's skin. The loop side is softer and less scratchy.

Warning

Do not try to sew on self-adhesive hook and loop tape. The adhesive will gum up your needle.

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Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread

About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.

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