How to Use Fabric Glue

Updated March 23, 2017

Fabric glue is a very versatile and durable product, although not as strong as fabric thread. You can use fabric glue to quickly fix wear and tear and to affix small stones to your clothes and other fabrics. You can wash glued fabrics in washing machines, however, you need to keep water temperatures at lower levels to avoid melting the glue. You can patch minor holes and tears in cloths such as holes in pockets using fabric glue.

Wash and dry the fabric you want glue before applying any fabric glue (See Reference 3).

Check whether the fabric glue will stain your clothes or other fabric. Apply a small portion of glue to the fabric at an inconspicuous spot and check for changes in colour and for spot marks(See Reference 2).

Mark up the places on the fabric you want to glue using a marker pen or a pencil. Cut out a large enough piece of fabric that will cover holes and other areas you want to patch using a pair of scissors.

Apply glue along the line you have marked up. Put the fabric patch, stones, felt or other items into the glue and wait one hour for the glue to dry. Check the glue's label for special instructions. Do not wash the fabric for one week after gluing it (See Reference 3).


Do not tumble dry glue fabrics as the heat will melt the glue (See Reference 3).


Avoid getting glue in your eyes or mouth. Wash off wet glue with soapy water and dry glue with nail polish remover (See Reference 3).

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil or marker pen
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Warm soapy water
  • Nail polish remover
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Janos Gal has been writing since 2008. He wrote for the "Global Journalist" magazine in 2008 and for the "Estrella de Arica" daily in 2009. Gal has traveled extensively in Europe, South America and the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, honors, in journalism from Edinburgh Napier University.