How to Sew Velcro

separating two pieces of Velcro

Hook-and-loop fasteners like Velcro may be a convenient way to close a piece of clothing, but it can be a frustrating sewing project when you’re unsure what to do.

Step 1 - Line Up Velcro Properly

There are two sides to Velcro: the prickly side and the soft side. To make sure the Velcro closes as you want it to, you need to have one of each side on opposing sides of the garment. It will help to pin the Velcro in place to ensure you have the best fit. Leave the pins in place until the last moment before you sew.

Step 2 - Sew Velcro to a Garment

Instead of using the regular tension on your sewing machine, you will want to increase the tension to medium or heavy-weight with a heavier gauge needle. The Velcro is a heavier material to sew through, so using anything less may break the needle. The presser foot for hook and loop closures will work best for this project. A zipper foot can also work. Sew on the parts of the Velcro where there are no soft or prickly pieces.

Velcro can also be sewn on by hand with smaller projects, which can prove to be easier. Once completely adhered, you will be able to pull the Velcro apart repeatedly without it ripping off.