Pot 'O Gold Pincushion, from the Pincushions on Parade Pattern Collection
Here’s one of my favorite tricky technique tips, which is perfect for all of the Pincushions on Parade Patterns.
Laminating is just a fancy word that means gluing layers together. I prefer Thin-Bodied Tacky Glue to laminate fabric to cardboard, but it is not always available. To compensate, I will minimally water down Tacky Glue. Both the Thin-Bodied and regular Tacky glues are formulated to work fabulously with fabric. It is my preferred glue by far!
To laminate, you need the Tacky Glue (or Thin-Bodied Tacky Glue), a 3” disposable paint roller, a disposable tray, an opened brown paper bag, rag that is wet on one end and dry on the other, and possibly a water-filled spray bottle.
To get started, pour a 2” wide circle of glue into disposable tray. If using Tacky glue, spray glue 2 – 3 times with water-filled spray bottle, then use 3” foam roller to work water through glue (Thin-Bodied does not required thinning down). Test for desired consistency of being able to spread a thin, even layer of glue onto cardboard surface. When glue in tray has been used up, add more, thin as necessary.
Wet half of rag and keep it handy. Position fabric on clean work surface, wrong side up. Place cardboard on opened brown bag, with appropriate side up.
Roll off some glue that is on roller onto brown bag, but off to the side. Thoroughly but lightly coat cardboard with glue. Place cardboard centered onto fabric, glued side down. Clean and dry hands quickly, then flip fabric/cardboard over to right side. Smooth fabric in place everywhere, paying very close attention to all outer edges. Repeat process for each piece to be laminated. Finishing details will vary depending on the project.
The roller can be used for other aspects of gluing as well, as it offers the ability to apply a very desirable light layer of glue. Clean roller when through laminating with soap and water.
Try it, you’ll like it!