I recently discovered that glue stick can be used instead of pins – DUH! Of course it depends on the type of fabric and what you are doing.. be sure to do a test run. Here a few easy projects that will put your glue stick to good use. I use Elmers washable school glue.
All you need are a glue stick, a few scraps of cloth, thread, and a sewing machine that can sew a plain old zig zag stitch. The cost of this upcyling project is only pennies!
- Choose the item(s) that you want to jazz up. I used a little girl’s sundress, a little denim shirt and a promotional totebag.
- Cut out some basic shapes (easy to sew around). I cut freehand circles and leaves out of gently worn t-shirts & some scraps from my fabric stash. You could use a template for your shapes. My personal preference is for shapes that are more organic; less than perfect.
- Lay out your design. Then use the glue stick to adhere the shapes to your garment. No pins necessary! The shapes lay flat and stay that way while you sew.
- Adjust your machine to a zig zag width and length that you like. Make your design “pop” by using thread that provides a nice contrast to your garment.
- Zig zag around the shapes. Practice on some scrap fabric (which you can later use for a pocket or maybe to trim a bag).
- Enjoy your new look!
Project 2 – Punch up a shirt
Another fun and easy project that will only cost you the price of a few buttons. I started with a child’s shirt and removed the metal buttons.After adding the circles I played around a little with some free motion stitching. Unfortunately my little size 3T model (age two and a half) doesn’t want to cooperate with trying on clothes these days!
Project 3 – Give a grocery tote a faceliftI received this bag as a promotional giveaway. I love the natural looking fabric and couldn’t resist giving it a quick makeover. My apologies to the advertiser! Again, very easy to do. Just glue stick your design onto a fabric square, zig zag around the shapes, then zig zag the finished square onto the bag. I left the top (the selvedge) of this square open for a pocket. Do you like it?