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Old 11-15-2011, 05:16 AM   #1
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Well that title pretty much sums up my question!

I am going to be working on some school art projects and I'm considering doing one with felt.

I could experiment with a half dozen different things, but I thought I'd turn to the experts here at SCS! So what's the best way to attach felt to felt?

This particular project will probably be for 5th and 6th graders, and ideally they could do the attaching themselves but if necessary I can do it for them after they've created their designs. For example, if the best choice is a hot glue gun.

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Old 11-15-2011, 06:31 AM   #2
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I did a loopy felt flower yesterday and I just used my ATG to glue it to itself. Worked good.

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What are they going to be sticking together and what kind of forces will the finished object have to handle, Nancy? Something like Scotch Quick Dry (this stuff) or anything marketed as a fabric adhesive will do a pretty good job for you but it's likely to soak through the felt and create a darkened/harder patch on the project. In fact, if it doesn't soak through, it's probably not going to be doing that good a job of holding things together so if the project will have to stand up to handling then you may be in a compromise situation between strength and aesthetics.

Is the project something where a "mechanical" method of holding the layers together would be practical? A simple crossed stitch in the centre or a brad, for example?
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I used Aleene's Tacky glue for some felt mittens I made last week. Worked good!
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:06 AM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions!! I have an ATG and Tacky Glue so I will try both.

Hi Joanne! This is one of our fundraising "big" auction items for the school so the final "look" is really important. For this class, we have a table that has molding around the top of it so that whatever we do on the surface, we should be able to get a piece of Plexiglass to drop down over it.

In theory, that would be enough to hold the felt pieces in place on its own. But, if the purchaser would like to ever remove the Plexiglass covering for any reason, all would be lost.

I hadn't considered it before, but maybe they could stitch them. My first thought for this project (we have pieces by preschoolers all the way through 6th grade) was to have a black felt background and then have colored shapes ~ each child will create their own design. I could temporarily glue them and then stitch them myself ~ I think they would take shortcuts in their design if they knew they had to stitch them all down! If we did it stitched, I'd probably change the design concept from geometric patterns and a black background to something more organic.

I could experiment with the different possibilities, show them to the class, and then let them decide what they like better.

Most years we've painted on furniture - last year we did some metal work and magnets. I'm getting a little tired of painting, LOL -- quite a mess.
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Allene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue. Used it for years on fabrics and trims. I get better results with felt using a thick glue.
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I use Aleene's Tacky glue to make layered felt flowers and it seems to work.
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Thanks everyone! I have all of those and I'll give them a try!

Now, do you use the same thing to attach felt to cardstock?
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I use Fabri-Tac and yes, I use it to stick the felt to cardstock, too.
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I use Aleene's Tacky Glue for felt on felt and felt on paper. Works great for me.
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Yes it's Aleene's tacky glue all the way!
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I use Fabri-Tac and yes, I use it to stick the felt to cardstock, too.
I love my Fabri-Tac ... except trying to squeeze it out of a half empty bottle. I love that it sticks hard and dries FAST! I use it to apply tiny embellishments such as charms, punched flowers and anything else that I can't use my ATG gun for.

Aleene's will work, but it's slow drying. You'll need to glue and set it aside for a bit so things don't shift.
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Hope to try out Tacky Glue on the felt on felt this afternoon. Fabri-Tac sounds interesting, and I may be able to get to Joann's too. Fast-drying has huge appeal for this project!!
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For those purposes, I'd think you could have them use their school glue, too.
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For those purposes, I'd think you could have them use their school glue, too.
The school glue would be too wet and would probably bleed through. I'd go with the quick dry Tacky glue, and use it sparingly.
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Beacon's 3 in 1 is good too but REALLY stinky. I also like Fabrictac.
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The school glue would be too wet and would probably bleed through. I'd go with the quick dry Tacky glue, and use it sparingly.
Speaking from experience, the school glue makes a mess and does go through. I've used Tacky glue as well.
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