Tuesday, October 26, 2010

About Permanent Waterproof Fabric Glues

Doll makers use 2 types of permanent waterproof fabric glues for gluing fabric to fabric:

     1. Solvent-based adhesives (such as Beacon’s Fabri-Tac)
     2. Water-based urethane adhesives (such as Aileen’s Fabric Fusion).

Both say they will dry clear and flexible. Both will soak into and through fibers if applied too heavily. The difference is in the dry time, glue thickness and how fast it will ‘grab’.

Use this type of glue to hold polyester fabric seams together and when you are planning to wet the fabric for draping.


     • Wash fabric with sizing to remove the sizing prior to applying any glue.
     • Do not use any fabric softener after washing the fabric to be glued.
     • Usually, a thin line of glue is sufficient …but when covering a larger area, try applying glue with a brush to get a smooth, thin, application.
     • Glue does not need to cover completely but use enough to hold in place and always on the edges.
     • Use a paperclip or a thick pin to make a hole in a glue bottle…or use a fine tip applicator bottle or syringe.
     • Let water-based glues dry for 2-4 hours (it is not completely washable for 48 hours)
     • Solvent-based glue is quick dry and quick grab
     • All glues will ‘thicken’ as they age in a bottle that has been opened and come in contact with air. Refer to the manufacturer to learn how to thin too thick glue.

For more information: 
Aileen’s brand of fabric glue at
http://www.ilovetocreate.com/ (click on products; fabric glue) and
Beacon brand of fabric glue at

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hats for your Dolls - Fun and Easy

All hats are a combination of basic shapes plus trimmings. If you need a hat pattern, you will find lots of patterns for the basic shapes of many types of hats. Trimming is the fun part! Lace, braids, feathers, ribbons...let your imagination be your guide. The basic hat shapes are made using the following 4 methods:

1. Gathered Fabric Hats: are made from a circle of fabric; fabric may be either single or double and then gathered to fit your doll’s head.

2. Stiffened Fabric Hats: made from double bonded fabric or fabric covered card. Crowns are either soft gathered fabric or stiffened shaped fabric

3. Straw Hats: made from very narrow hat straw. Straw is dampened and its thread pulled to curve it, then stitched in overlapping rows.

4. Molded Hats: made from felt, buckram or tapestry canvas. Fabric is dampened with warm water and shaped over a hat block, then stiffened with Stiffen It or Fray Check. When finished molding, it is dried on the hat block.

• Tacky Glue
• Plastic Wrap
• Rubber Band
• Lightweight Card
• Fusible Web (such as Pellon’s Wonder Under)
• Stiffen-It and/or Fray Check
• ¾  inch Hat Blocks: you will need a round and a flat top form (such as a round bead, a bottle cap or make one from polymer clay). As a rule, a 3/4 inch hat block is used to shape hats but because all doll heads vary slightly and your doll’s hair may be thick, each hat must be custom fit to your doll’s head. Cover your hat block with plastic wrap and hold it in place with a rubber band prior to forming your hat.