You’re starting a new felt project and instead of sewing you want to use glue, and you may be wondering what the best glue is. In this post I’m going to show what my top glue picks are for craft projects. Most of the glues here you can buy at any craft store. When looking at the different types of glue you may be wondering what the best choice is for the best results.
Also, what the best options are for the best price. Because let’s be honest sometimes cheaper is not always better.
But, really the glue you use is up to you and which one you like the best. It’s kind of like felt, if you like wool felt or acrylic felt, it’s your preference. With all the great glue out there you are sure to find the right adhesive for your projects.
I do recommend that if you’re using a new glue that you first test it on a small piece of felt. So, You can see how it works.
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How does felt feel?
Felt can have a course feel or a soft feel. It depends on if the felt is stiffened or not, and what synthetic fibers are in it. Wool or wool blend felt is softer than the acrylic felt.
What is the difference between regular and wool felt?
Regular felt or craft felt is made with mostly synthetic materials like plastic. Wool felt on the other hand is made entirely out of wool. Unless of course it’s a wool blend and that’s made with wool and rayon. But, craft felt to me works great and that what I use for most of my projects. Wool felt maybe a lot more durable than craft felt, but wool felt is way more expensive than acrylic felt.
Is it better to sew or glue felt?
I like to sew my felt projects, to me it’s stronger and lasts longer. But, gluing your project is definitely faster and easier.
Do you need to glue felt?
No, you do not need to glue felt. Sewing works great with felt. The type of glue you use is entirely up to you, there are many different glue types to choose from. Plus, if you need to attach a large area of felt spray glue is really faster than sewing.
Does felt just stick to felt?
Yes, felt does stick to felt. That is great that the pieces of fabric felt stick together, when you have young children and a big felt play board. It can also be annoying when you’re trimming felt, because those small pieces of felt can stick all over your projects.
How do you stabilize felt?
Place your felt on a ironing board and spray a thin layer of starch on the felt then lay a small thin towel or pressing cloth over the felt and iron. You can repeat that until you get the felt as stiff as you want it. You can also use hair spray to stiffen the felt.
Can felt go through a sewing machine?
Yes, you can use a sewing machine to sew a felt piece and yes felt does go through a sewing machine and turns out great. I personally do not use a sewing machine for felt projects, but I can see good reason why some crafters use a sewing machine especially for larger pieces. I like to hand sew my felt project or use glue.
Here’s what you’ve been waiting for, down below is what are the best types of glue for your felt crafts.
This one is my personal favorite. Hot glue is perfect for felt (and pom poms) and is a popular option for felt glue, in fact that’s the kind of glue I recommend using for my free felt flower pattern Here. Hot glue drys really quick and you can buy a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks in any craft store. The two things I don’t like is that when you’re using hot glue it leaves little strings of glue behind and the high temperatures of the hot glue gun isn’t safe for kids. But, I love hot glue for just about any project and it’s easy to glue small parts with it.
Felt and Foam Tacky Glue
This one is perfect for felt fabric, it also is designed as a felt and foam glue. Tacky glue has a thicker consistency than elmer’s glue. And tacky glue is great for kids to use for craft projects. I found this aleene’s tacky glue on Amazon Here.
This is a permanent glue (or permanent adhesive), it is also the best fabric glue. It also creates a permanent bond with felt and fabric. Find this one Here.
Super glue is good for anything not just DIY projects. And it’s a great option since super glue is one of the many household glues. Super glue creates a really strong bond with practically any surface, it’s just a little harder to glue small pieces without getting the glue on your fingers. I like the gorilla super glue gel and it will last a long time.
There you have it my top 4 glues for felt, but out of all of these hot glue is still my ideal choice of glue with it’s fast drying time and ease of use. But, with the different glues above you should be able to find the right glue for your felt materials.
These are all effective adhesives with different characteristics. Some take a longer dry time and some take a little time to dry.
There are differences, like the super glue may have a stronger bond than the tacky glue. But, all of the glues should create a strong enough bond for any felt craft.
Just make sure whenever you use glue it should be used in a well-ventilated area.
The type of adhesive you use is up to you, you can use spray adhesive for larger projects like fixing the lining on a pool table, or ordinary white glue for your felt-gluing projects