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6 Ways to Use Fabric Glue to Save Time

Fabric glue isn’t just for non-sewers who don’t know how to use a sewing machine. Fabric glue can help you make your sewing tasks easier, and it can save you time when you’re in a hurry.

How to Use Fabric Glue

The best part is that since you don’t need any special skills to figure out how to use fabric glue, it’s just a matter of testing it and applying it — no how-to videos or tutorials needed.

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Here are just a few ideas for how to fabric glue in your sewing and quilting. Don’t forget to tell us in the comments how you use fabric glue!

1. Basting

Use glue instead of long stitches for basting and you’ll save time during the sewing process and the finishing process. Glues like the Roxanne Glue Baste It wash right out of the fabric, so you can use them for basting quilts, garments and other sewing projects without having to pin or rip out the basting stitches later. The needle-nose applicator tips are great for tinier spots where you don’t want to overdo it on the glue.

Interested in more ways you can use fabric glue for quilting? Check out 6 ideas right here!

2. Replacing pins

Are you the type of sewer who constantly sews over your pins? If so, you might consider replacing some of the pins with glue. This can be especially handy if you’re using a serger, as sewing over pins with your serger can cause serious damage to the machine.

3. Pocket placement

Gluing Patch Pockets on SHirt

I recently sewed a dress that had patch pockets on the front. I was battling one of the pockets, trying to get it aligned correctly, but even after pinning it, the pocket was still crooked. I eventually glued the pocket on, then sewed it. The glue helped hold everything in place until I could secure it. It was also easier to sew it since I didn’t have to keep pulling the pins out of the pocket curves.

4. Quick, temporary hems

It never fails that when you’re in a hurry, you notice hems that need some attention. If you are running out the door and you don’t have time to press and sew a nice hem, fabric glue is a great temporary alternative. You can fix the hem on the spot with the glue, then sew it permanently later when you’re not late for that important appointment.

5. Patches

Whether you find a hole in your jeans or just need to attach a Girl Scout patch ASAP, fabric glue can temporarily hold things in place until you have time to give it the royal treatment. Just be sure to allow a few minutes of drying time.

6. Attaching small pieces

If you’ve ever made small projects like fabric jewelry, you’ve probably noticed that some pieces are just too small to sew together. Other pieces need glue to hold things in place temporarily. For some of those situations, hand stitching is a good solution, but for temporary holds you can use glue.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2016 and was updated in March 2018.


Gina Bisaillon

Can’t I just use a glue stick or school glue?


Sure you can! I’ve used both – a glue stick for English Paper Piecing (which should be included in this article, I would think), and Elmer’s School Glue for basting. Just make sure that whatever you get says it’s “washable” Hope this helps!


Thank you. It’s also cheaper and easier to find than the Wonder Tape I’ve been using recently.

sew happy

please be careful with the school glues. make sure you use the clear or white only glues. Not the purple/blue colored ones. They might leave a stain on your fabric. it happened to me.

Mary Helen in OR

Notice a button about to get “unsewn” on husband’s dress shirt? A drop of permanent glue in the thread hole will not be noticed and will keep the shirt out of the mending pile.


I sometimes use glue for putting binding on a quilt, then sew it down.


I just recently used fabric glue to hold down some tiny appliqué so I could needle turn sew it to a quilt block I was making. It was a perfect solution as the tiny pieces were so hard to hold while I was sewing and kept slipping around. Thanks for the handy tips.


Last weekend, I wanted a finer finish on my facings that serging would provide, so I was edging them in rayon seam binding. I could not get the very end to fold under and stay lined up with the remainder of the binding. I pulled out my glue stick and dabbed it, folded it into place and sewed it down. Voila! a beautiful upscale finish with perfect edges.


Thanks for the article!

I am intested in what is inside that glue.
I don’t want creepy chemicals or strange animal ingredients…
Best is vegan glue that is environmentally friendly 🙂

Please keep us updated about that too.


Good thinking. Hopefully one can find glue that isn’t tested on poor animals, either.


p.s. It is important to note that one should keep glue away from children and animals. If they eat it, it is a disaster.


Seems like a bit of a no-brainer to me…

Shirley pendergraft

I think that is why they recommend the Elmer’s School Glue.


People still use Internet Explorer? Just about every person I’ve talked to who’s used IE has a ton of problems. Save yourself the trouble and get Chrome before you get infected by something!


I use glue to put on my bindings… greatest invention yet!!


I agree with Sue. I use glue to put on my bindings and it makes it soooo easy !


I am upcycling some blouses and store bought panties. I would like to embellish bras and panties so they match. I have a beautiful piece of lavender non stretch lace that is 7″ wide. I tried to just sew it to the waist of the panties. When I tried them on the stitches were ripped out. I’m not sure what will happen if I use fabric glue. Can I use glue and sewing?
If anyone has any ideas I will happily try them.


If you’re working with stretch and not relaxed, glue will fail.


Stretch trim while sewing


I use glue (or my 5 yr old granddaughter does) to hold seams together so we can draw a line and the fabric and she can sew the seams without pinning. Makes sewing lots more fun for both of us.

Sobana Sundar

I find glue better than pins to hold zips in place in pouches and bags.

Susan J Spencer

When I was doing home dec sewing, I learned to use a glue stick to baste trims and fringe before sewing them, as well as to baste zippers for cushions–especially if I needed to match a plaid or striped fabric!

Jane Ramey

I use a glue stick for paper piecing.


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