No Sew Methods: Stitch Witchery vs. Fabric Glue

There are two great ways to attach fabric without sewing: fabric glue or a fusible bonding tape like Dritz Stitch Witchery.

If you have a sewing machine, sewing is often still the fastest and most reliable method for many projects, but fabric glue or Stitch Witchery are great alternatives. They are also used when you don’t want stitches to show, like on curtain hems.

Different materials and fabric finishes may affect how well these products work so it’s best to test either method on a scrap of fabric before using.

Bonding Tape

Fusible bonding tape is a strip of adhesive that melts when ironed to adhere fabric together. This is a simple way to create a permanent bond that isn’t at all messy and doesn’t require drying time. It’s perfect for cotton and other fabrics that can withstand medium to high heat. It helps to use the steam setting on your iron to create the best bond.

Dritz Stitch Witchery comes in various widths and weights and it’s machine washable and can be dry cleaned.

Bonding tape is also commonly used for hems instead of top stitching so no stitches will be visible.

See our video on How to Use Dritz Stitch Witchery for more detailed instructions.

We used Stitch Witchery to make a no-sew valance. It’s also useful when matching up patterns when sewing two pieces of fabric together like in our duvet cover tutorial.

Fabric Glue

Fabric glue like Dritz Unique Stitch and Dritz Liquid Stitch are fabric glues that also provide a permanent bond. These glues are non-toxic, clear when dry, and machine washable and dryable.

If your fabric doesn’t hold up to heat well or if you don’t have an iron, this fabric glue is the best no-sew option.

Permanent fabric glue is ideal for hems, trims, appliques, patches, zippers, repairs, roman shades, and crafts. We used fabric glue to make a no-sew pillow as well as a no-sew scarf and headbands.

Hot glue is also an option, but we don’t recommend it for anything that will be washed or have lots of wear and tear. We’ve used it in plenty of decorative projects and crafts like burlap flower wreaths, felt flowers, a fabric woven wire basket, a burlap table runner, a Christmas tree skirt, and more.

See our all our glues and adhesives for more ways to attach fabric.

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Do you think glue would be strong enough to hold an LED light strip attached to side of jeans? only needs to last one night.
A shopper on Sep 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The glue would stick to the fabric fine, but I can't say how well it would stick the the light strip.
How long does it take for the glue to dry?
A shopper on Dec 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is dry to the touch after 30 minutes. You should not iron or wash it for about 24 hours though.
I'm 74, no longer able to sew. I want to make hospital gowns so I don't have to wear the ill-fitting, scrappy gown they give you in hospital. Do you think it might be possible to glue such a garment?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Possibly, though it may be time consuming and tedious waiting for the glue to dry.
Does glue work well for large projects like reupholstering patio furniture?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: While you could probably do it with glue, for best durability, sewing is better. It would also take a long time to do because there would be a lot of waiting for the glue to dry!
Is it possible to use stitch witchery to fasten boning in a bodice?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It's totally possible. I truthfully don't have a ton of experience with boning but I think it would work at least somewhat. Keep in mind that it may not be as sturdy as if you sewed it into a channel.
Could I used fabric glue to make a small stuffed teddy bear?
A shopper on Oct 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not. It may not be as sturdy as stitching it, but if it is not being heavily used I think it might work.
My daughters cheerleading top the seam is all undone I don’t have a sewing machine. Do you think the bonding tape will do the trick?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It could help! As long as you are able to iron the material at a high enough heat I think it could work.
Can stitch witchery be used to design letters onto a backpack?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, as long as the materials can withstand the heat needed to melt the Stitch Witchery.
I would like to make a beanbag chair for my kids and maybe a large one for an adult size for story time. I however can’t sew to save my life. Could I use a bonding tape for this or would it not withstand the pressure of being on a chair?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If a good bond can be made with the fabric, it may be durable enough. Cotton fabrics tend to work best because they can withstand high enough heat to thoroughly melt the Stitch Witchery and absorb into the cotton fibers well.
Can I use stitch Witcher’s on nylon?
A shopper on Feb 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I believe the temperature needed to melt the Stitch Witchery will also melt the nylon, unfortunately!
How do you remove bonding tape from a garmet?
A shopper on Oct 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can heat it back up again with an iron to melt it. You may be able to scrape most of the residue off, but you may not be able to get all of it off.
There are several tiny holes at the edge of a down comforter. I would like to fuse binding tape down the whole edge. Is it feasible to do this with StitchWitchery fusible bonding tape (without sewing)?
A shopper on Aug 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this should work!