What kind of glue do I need to use to glue cloth on a shadow box?

Carolyn jones
by Carolyn jones
I recently went to the Holy Land and purchases a shopping bag that has a camel and skyline of Jerusalem on it. I will have to cut the bag and use print from both sides of the bag. I need this secured good because I want to then add some items that I brought back. The items are a small olive wood camel, a stone from the Dead Sea and several other trinkets. What is the best glue to use to put this cloth back in on my shadow box before I glue these items on as I do not want the weight of them to pull this neat looking cloth loose.
This is the shopping bag that I want to use as background cloth on the shadow box. it has a loose weave. What is the best glue to use as I have not done this before. Thanks to all.
  9 answers
  • Deezie Deezie on Mar 22, 2015
    Very cool, I think you can use Mod Podge on this. I have seen people use Mod Podge on fabric. Or a fabric glue.
  • Sheryl Polley Sheryl Polley on Mar 22, 2015
    @Carolyn jones I would definitely take it to someone who does this professionally, maybe Michaels? I wouldn't risk messing this up doing something myself… or at the very least if I were attempting it myself because I do love crafting, I'd practice with some other things before doing the real deal… that's just my opinion. God Bless!
  • R Walter R Walter on Mar 22, 2015
    Modge podge for fabric should work
  • Carol Ann McDaniel Carol Ann McDaniel on Mar 22, 2015
    If your items are heavy I always use a heavy duty mat board or thin luan plywood as a backer. I then drill or poke very small holes and use wire to hold items on. You can use a dab of glue to keep items from moving. I attach fabric or paper with thinned white glue. You can wrap the frame with fabric or paper and attach items on it. Adds more interest!
  • Carolyn jones Carolyn jones on Mar 22, 2015
    Thanks to everyone who responded. I appreciate your help.
  • Ginny Ginny on Mar 23, 2015
    Do NOT use mod podge. Most likely the color in the fabric is not permanent and the mod podge will cause the colors to run, leaving you with a mess. You could try spray adhesive and attach it to a mat board cut to fit your shadow box. Alternately, you can purchase foam core board, wrap the fabric and secure with straight pins into the side of the foam. This is how needlework is commonly stretched for framing. If you decide to glue, test a small piece of the fabric for colorfastness And be aware that any glue not rated as archival quality may cause the fabric to deteriorate over time. Wiring your souvenirs sounds like the safest option. Good luck.
  • Mimi Haywood Mimi Haywood on Mar 28, 2015
    I use Weldbond on all of my fabric crafts, dolls, bags, etc. it bonds everything I have ever used it on and dries clear. You can get it at Hobby Lobby or online.
  • Mimi Haywood Mimi Haywood on Mar 28, 2015
    I just read Ginny's reply and that sounds like the most attractive way to do your shadow box, I would use the foam core wrapped in a thin layer of quilt batting for a professional look, then stretch your fabric to the back of the board and glue in place with the Weldbond before placing it in the frame.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 28, 2024

    Why not pop in Upholstery Tacks!