Go Back   Cosplay.com > Cosplay Construction > Sewing/Fabric Craft

Thread Tools Rate Thread
Unread Yesterday, 10:30 PM   #1
Registered User
Ciityfox's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 8
Easiest way to add striping to fabric/jacket?

I have a long jacket and I need to add silver to the arms. I have tried putting silver ribbon on fabric once with hot glue, and it came off over time.

Here is an example, the silver circle design on the sleeves/gloves.

Ciityfox is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread Today, 01:34 PM   #2
Evil Bishounen
Hail to the King
Evil Bishounen's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,262
Originally Posted by Ciityfox View Post
I have tried putting silver ribbon on fabric once with hot glue
That's why it didn't work.

If you want to applique something like ribbon to fabric, you have to sew it down. That is the ONLY way to make it permanent.

Glues will fall off over time, especially when you wash your garment. Hot glue is doubly worse for this purpose because hot glue cannot flex, and whatever you put on fabric needs to be flexible.

Your other option is to paint the stripes on with fabric paint. Not cheap acrylic paint meant for whatever crafts, but actual fabric paint. However, it's much more difficult to apply fabric paint to a finished garment than it is to flat fabric, especially something tube-shaped like a sleeve.
FF9 cosplay? Hit me up!

2014: Anime Los Angeles and whatever else falls into my lap

I now have a Tumblr. Sometimes I use it.
Evil Bishounen is online now   Reply With Quote
Unread Today, 03:13 PM   #3
Registered User
Penlowe's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 3,727
The nice even width of these stripes means you can use ribbon or bias tape to create this look.

As stated above, find the right tool, adhesive or paint for the specific task at hand. If one glue worked on everything there would only be one kind of glue. Fabric glues exist as do heat fusible webbing** (which is like a dryer sheet, but magically glues stuff together when you iron them). Admittedly I'm a purist, i sew things even though I'm sure the fusible webbing will hold. l greatly dislike fabric glues because they are runny and inaccurate, making it look like a five year old* made the item.

** some brand names are Wonder Under and Heat n' Bond
* I'm all for five year olds learning to make stuff. I learned to sew on a machine that young. Never underestimate a five year old.
Nothing is impossible, but some things are very expensive.
My Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/penlowe
Penlowe is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:45 PM.

Copyright 2002-2013 Cosplay.com, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
All comments and posts in our forums are the opinion of the respective poster.