Why would I use adhesive on my felt freshies, you ask?
STICKAMAJIGGER® FELT FRESHIE RESTICKABLES!!!! That’s why!
Imagine “cutting the cord” so to speak…no longer are you “tied down” to air fresheners that must hang from your review mirror or elsewhere. Now you can stick your pretty freshies anywhere you like – a cupboard, closet, locker or wall!
Change your mind? Need to move it? No problem…it’s RESTICKABLE!!!
Yes, you heard that right, a felt freshie you can stick, stick, and re-stick because it’s mounted on our beloved Stickamajigger® material!
That is, once I figure out which adhesive works best for felt freshies.
And thus, the reason for this experiment.
Much to my dismay, I am apparently all out of Fabric-Tac, which is one of my favorite adhesives to use with felt. I did some brief experiments when I started making felt sets for my DIY Felt Board. I quickly learned Elmer’s Glue did NOTHING but absorb into the felt, and hot glue worked, but was bulky.
(Although, I probably need to try hot glue and update this post…this is an entirely different project!) UPDATE: Hot glue is a viable option! (See below)
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- Double Stick Banner Tape – I have very low expectations for this, but I had some and wanted to try it
- E6000 – this is my preferred adhesive for general crafting
- Elmer’s Spray Adhesive – again, very low expectations, but something I have on hand
- Liquid Stitch – Supposed to be for fabrics, looks like Elmer’s glue
Thoughts While Using Adhesives
As soon as I started using the double stick banner tape I decided it was NOT going to be the winner…too much time to lay it out nicely, and I don’t want to have to trim the curved corners. So, I’m going to cross that one off my list.
Next, I tried the E6000, and I’ll be honest…I have high hopes for this one. I just really hate how quickly it dries up and gets clogged. If I’m not doing a big project I have started to buy the much smaller tubes in multi-packs so I don’t end up wasting as much. One downside is you have to let this sit awhile to completely dry. Have I mentioned how little patience I have?
Then for the Elmer’s Spray Adhesive I had to lay down some parchment paper so I didn’t get it all over. I was surprised that it seemed to soak through the felt blank even though I only used a little bit. Not a big deal, but could be messy if doing very many. I’m not super fond of adhesive sprays, but, they have their place. I’m guessing probably not for this project, but we’ll see.
Finally, my Liquid Stitch is old, but I decided to try it. It looks a lot like Elmer’s glue, and is pretty easy to use. I like how I can get decent coverage. I still think Fabric-Tac would be a better option to this, and I will update once I have a chance to get some again and try it.
As I mentioned earlier, while it worked okay, the double sided tape is not going to be my first choice. I haven’t done the math, but I doubt it’s very cost effective, either.
As expected, the E6000 is my top choice. Easy to use and very strong hold. Just be sure you get all around to the edges. Probably put some parchment paper down to protect the surface you’re working on.
Next, the Elmer’s Spray Adhesive actually worked better than I expected. But, it’s not a super strong hold, which means the felt can peel from the restickable layer if you’re not careful when removing/moving the piece. If I was going to go with a spray adhesive I would look for one that has a REALLY strong hold, just in case.
Finally, the Liquid Stitch also worked better than I expected. Again, not the strongest hold though.
So, much like scenting these beauties (a whole other process of trial and error) you probably just have to do your own experimenting and find what YOU like best.
Hot Glue seems to work ok for this! It can be a little messy, so you have to be careful, yet quick. However, if these felt stickers were to be left out in the cold…maybe outside in your car during the cold winter, I would expect the glue to harden and lose its stickiness. So, something to consider. I do not think I would use hot glue on an item I would sell. But, if I make one for myself it’s a very quick option.
I will add updates as I try more adhesives! If you find something you love (or hate) let me know!! ♥
Also, if you like working with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) you can add some extra bling and personalization to your restickable or regular Felt Freshies! I absolutely LOVE glitter HTV.