Tutorial & Helpful Tips for Sewing Velcro! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tutorial & Helpful Tips for Sewing Velcro!

Hello again!

It has been forever since I shared a sewing tutorial, and I am so happy to share another mini one with you today!  I have some tips for you on how to sew with hook & loop tape, which most people recognize as Velcro, so the next time you have to replace something, it will be much easier.  :)

Here we go!




First of all, here are the items I had to repair from the gym.  I had a small hole in the glove, which I just pinched together and sewed shut.  Then, my knee brace for my bum knee just would not close anymore.  The fuzzy part of the tape just wasn't sticking anymore, so I broke out the Paisley (my sewing machine) for some repairs!


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What You Will Need

  • The item you want to sew
  • Hook & loop tape, matching the color AND length and width you want to apply
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine or needle & thread



Directions

1. First, simulate how you will be using the item.
  • For my knee brace, I put it on and moved around.  Do the same with any garments!
  • For a purse, close the flap with some items inside.


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2.  With some pins, measure where you will need the loop portion (the fuzzy part) to lay.

  • On a garment, the stiff hook portion is on the smaller piece that wraps around and the fuzzy loop piece is on the body.
  • On a purse, the stiff hook portion is on the flap and the fuzzy loop piece is on the main body of the bag.



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3.  Next, sew the stiff part with the hooks on to the flap.  (No picture)

4.  Take the fuzzy loop portion and place it right up against the pin that you placed in Step 2.

Note:  Ideally you will have a piece of Velcro to match the color and width of your garment.  However, I wanted to show you what you need to do if you don't have a piece wide enough.  Also, the white is much easier to see in the tutorial!


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5.  Next all you have to do is sew a box around your piece of Velcro to keep it in place, like you did in Step 3.


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Note:  If you have two pieces side by side, just sew two boxes.  Excuse the messy sewing!  Not my best work.  :)


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That's it!  You should check to see how it fits, and in my case it's perfect!  You can see just a bit of the white, but I don't mind because it's just for the gym.  If you do need to make adjustments, just repeat the steps above, taking into account your adjustment.


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I hope this helps you with your next Velcro "installation!"


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Have you ever replaced Velcro on anything before?






8 comments:

  1. Ooh, I've never sewn velcro before so thank you for this post!

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  2. These are great tips, Diane! Velcro and I have always been a bit at odds when it comes to sewing. I'll have to pin this so I can remember to do this the next time I need to. Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ pinning!

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  3. This was a very thorough description. I'll be sure to refer to this when working with velcro in the future. <3 www.lovemeyeart.com

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  4. What great tips for what is usually a sewing battle for me. Congrats! You're featured today at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

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  5. Great! I hope this post is a help for next time. :)

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  6. Awesome! I'm so happy to help. :)

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