Glue stick is my new best friend

Glue stick is my new best friend

Fun things to do with your clothes! 

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!

  1. 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.

    Child's brand name 100% cotton knit dress which was purchased at a discount store for only $3.99
  2. 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.

    using glue stick
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Zig zag around the shapes. Practice on some scrap fabric (which you can later use for a pocket or maybe to trim a bag).
  6. Enjoy your new look!
    Finished dress!

    Project 2 –  Punch up a shirt

    Before - child's denim 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! 

    The pink buttons really make this shirt pop!

    Project 3 – Give a grocery tote a facelift

    I 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?