How to sew velcro on fabric

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How to sew velcro on fabric
Use Velcro in place of zippers, buttons or snaps for clothing and home decor items. (Velcro image by Fuzzphoto from Fotolia.com)

Velcro is a hook-and-loop type fastener that you can use in place of buttons, zippers, snaps or hooks. Velcro has two layers, one with hooks and the other with loops, which grip one another firmly when you press them together. Velcro forms a secure bond that you can open and reclose repeatedly, and it is washable when sewn in place. Velcro comes in several styles. You can sew it to fabric to create closures on a variety of clothing and home decor items.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Size 14 or larger needle
  • Thread

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine the style of Velcro needed for the project. Soft and Flexible Sew On Velcro is preferable for clothing, while heavier Velcro is appropriate for couch cushion covers and other home decor items.

  2. 2

    Lay the fabric flat on a firm surface. Measure the length of the area to be fastened and subtract 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Cut Velcro tape to that measurement.

  3. 3

    Pinch each side of the Velcro tape at one end between your thumbs and index fingers and pull the length of Velcro apart.

  4. 4

    Lay the fabric on a flat surface with one side of the area to be fastened facing up. Lay the rough half of the Velcro with the rough side facing up on the fabric to be fastened. Pull the Velcro smooth and flat, and pin into place.

  5. 5

    Place the Velcro under the presser foot with the needle positioned close to one edge and sew the full length of the Velcro, removing the pins as you come to them. Raise the presser foot, pivot the fabric, lower the presser foot and sew across the end of the Velcro. Raise the presser foot, pivot the fabric and sew the other edge and end of the Velcro to the fabric.

  6. 6

    Lay the fabric on a flat surface with the opposite side of the area to be fastened facing up. Position the soft half of the Velcro with the soft side facing up opposite the sewn-on rough side of the Velcro. Align the soft side of the Velcro to match the rough side and pin into place.

  7. 7

    Place the Velcro under the presser foot with the needle positioned close to one edge and sew the full length of the Velcro, removing the pins as you come to them. Raise the presser foot, pivot the fabric, lower the presser foot and sew across the end of the Velcro. Raise the presser foot, pivot the fabric and sew the other edge and end of the Velcro to the fabric.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a size 14 or larger needle to sew through Velcro.
  • You can hand stitch Velcro to small projects, if desired.
  • If your machine is skipping stitches while sewing on Velcro, tighten the thread tension slightly following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never attach adhesive-backed Velcro by machine.

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