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I am making felt toy numberblock characters for my grandsons out of felt. What is the best adhesive to use to adhere the felt faces and arms onto the felt sewn blocks so they stay on?

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Another option is to needle felt the two together.

You’ll need loose wool fiber (cat hair and dog hair also work great) and felting needles (very sharp, use with caution!).

There’s lots of great tutorials on needle felting on the internet.

Any sort of glue you try to use will be ineffective. Felting the two pieces together is simple and permanent, if you get all the edges.

The only other really effective option is to thoroughly sew on the pieces with appliqué embroidery methods.

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Stitching.

Glue is not a good way to add fabrics to fabrics for children to play with.
Glue can get lose and the small parts you have glued on can get in the childs mouth or nose. I have never seen a glue that can not be peeled off by clever little fingers.

Instead of stitching on pieces of felt you can embroider details.

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Tacky glue

This will help as is more thicker than ordinary glue

Hot glue

You're probably more familiar with this one, the pros with this one are that it adheres and dries fast.

Fabric and Permanent glue

proceed with caution with these...

Permanent glue

The strongest hold but, there is a con here: the smell, but it's not that kid-friendly.

Fabric glue

sticks hard and dries fast

Avoid: craft glues

This glue is a ruiner, it makes it dificult to stick and it will end up with a darker tone.

Alternatives to adhesives

Sewing

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