Monday, March 16, 2009

Inexpensive Applique Glue

When we were at Bryce a few weeks ago, Ricci took a class from Sandra Cindritch. Sandra is well known for her applique quilts, and shared this little tip with her students.
We all know how expensive a small bottle of applique glue is. Sometimes the little needle you place back in the bottle gets rusty, and ruins the remaining amount of glue.
Sandra came up with an inexpensive way to make her own applique glue, and she feels it works every bit as good as the name brand ones on the market today.
I know in today's economy we are all looking for ways to save money.

Need to have:
1.)Elmer's School Glue. Make sure it's school glue and washable. Often these can be purchased at a dollar store.
2.) Big mechanical pencils. Ricci found a package of 5 or 10 for just a few dollars at the local dollar store.
Knitting needle point protectors, size large. She selected the rubbery soft ones, not the ones that are shaped like a sock.

Pull the orange tip off the glue. Inside there will be a pointed plastic piece, cut that off. Cut about 1/4 off the end of the orange cap.
Pull the black pointed end off the mechanical pencil and push it up inside the orange cap. ( the rest of the pencil can be thrown away, although if you can think of a use let us know!) Make sure it's up there plenty high. Ricci used a wooden skewer to push it up.
Push the orange/black top back onto the glue bottle. If it doesn't go on easily, push the black tip up higher into the orange tip.
The mechanical pencil tip will allow a small amount of glue to be distributed evenly along the edge of your applique pieces.
Use the knitting needle cover as a cap.
Thanks again to Sandra Cindritch and Ricci for sharing this idea!


Kim Walus said...

That is a really inventive idea. Only a quilter would've thought of that! I'm going to have to try that. Oh, I forgot you gave me one for my blogiversary. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and everyone else will just love it too!

Hugs, Kim

Linda said...

The very first you tube I ever saw was Sharon Schamber showing how to use the pencils with Elmers glue. She later changed from the pencil tips to metal tips. In fact she sells the tips on her website which can also be bought at places like Michaels. She didn't include the part about the point protectors but I think the metal glue tips come with covers. Kind of reminds me of cake decorating tips.

Karen said...

Save the lead and erasers for "refills" for the mechanical pencils you use when sketching or making marks on quilt pieces;) Thanks for sharing the glue idea;)

Unknown said...

Always love new tips.Thanks for sharing!

Material Mary said...

Great tip. Those glue bottles are about $8.00 around my area and this is much cheaper.

Browndirtcottage said...

hhmmmm...good to know!!

Carol said...

What a great idea...thanks so much for sharing!

Nanette Merrill said...

Oh! Smart. How clever. That Sandra Cindrich is amazing. She gave a trunk show at the ALpine group and I had previously taken a class from her a few years ago.

To answer your question about the quilting cottage on my blog - yes it moved in the last 2 years. It is a fun local store.

Micki said...

Great tip! I will have to try it!

Cathie in UT said...

Very clever but I think I will stick to my applique glue for now! LOL

Sandra is one of my favorite teachers bar NONE...she makes class so enjoyable and she is a fellow Carolina Girl like me!