How to Attach Feathers to Fabric

For many reasons, you may need to add some feathers to your fabric. Whether it is for your bold appearance or you want something unique to wear on your upcoming cosplay, attaching the feathers can be your most essential item. So, do you know how to attach feathers to fabric?

Well, it’s pretty easy, and you won’t have to obtain any special degree for this. I have some simple steps to share with you, and if you can follow them accordingly, your attachment will be completed without damaging your fabric item. So, let’s dive in!

Required Materials forAttaching Feathers to Fabric:

  • Fabric for the feathers to be attached
  • Thread and needle or sewing machine
  • A small plastic bag, such as a sandwich baggie
  • Needle nose pliers (optional)
Fabric for the Feathers to Be Attached

Techniques on How to Attach Feathers to Fabric:

Technique One:

  • Step One: Place feathers on fabric. Lay one of your feathers in the desired spot on your fabric. Make sure to leave a little space between the feather and any edges of the fabric so that you can sew it onto both sides of the edge if necessary.
  • Step Two: Sew one side. Use your needle or sewing machine to stitch through just one side of your feather with strong, sturdy thread.
Use Your Sewing Machine
  • Step Three: Tie off the end. Pull tightly until all ends are secured inside a plastic baggie.
  • Step Four: Repeat for another side. Pry open sandwich baggie from Step three and repeat Steps One-Three (sew first then tie off) for the opposite side of the feather.

Technique Two:

If you check out your local craft stores, they now sell feathers on a string. So, you can easily get them from there, or you can shop them online. They are fantastic, and it is much easier to add a bunch of feathers to your shirt without having to do them individually.

We are gonna use the string to attach it to the shirt. I am using fabric glue for this, and I have got a liquid stitch that is non-toxic, machine washable, and dry. So, we are going to put a nice line right up top, and then we will add the feathers on that line. I am doubling the feathers up so that I can get a nice and bunch of feathers.

Then I hold both ends of the string and then just lay it down on the glue. Press a bit to sit perfectly on the adhesive, and you can get a firm attachment. If you have got some loose feathers, you can also attach them by using fabric glue. That’s it; your shirt is ready now.

Precautions While Attaching Feathers to Fabric:

Precautions While Attaching Feathers to Fabric
  • When attaching feathers to fabric, it is important to take precautions so that the glue does not seep through onto the front of your project. To prevent this from happening, you should always work on a covered surface or use wax paper as an under layer for protection and then place another piece of material over the top once done.
  • You want to make sure that if you are using hot glue, there is enough space between where the feather will be placed and anything else because some glues can melt fabrics when applied directly.
  • Make sure also that you leave about ¼ inch margin around each border edge-wise before applying any glue at all just in case things go awry (and they often do). The best adhesive for this type of project is a hot glue gun because it can be controlled more easily than other types.
  • It’s also important to know how long the feathers need to be for them to blend with and match your fabric, so make sure you are aware of this before buying any that might not work well. For example, if you’re working on an upholstery project or something larger like curtains, then long feathers will usually do the trick, whereas smaller projects may require shorter ones.
  • If possible, try out different weights and lengths beforehand, as some people find thin feather strips too hard to manage when they want longer strands (it really depends on what kind of results you are looking for). However, you’ll have already done some research into various kinds by now, so it should be easy to find what you need.
  • Once you have the feathers, trim them down if necessary and then secure each one with a dab of glue or pins. You want to make sure that they’re firmly in place before proceeding, as not all fabrics are suitable for this type of application (especially ones with many dyes).
  • It’s also better to use an upholstery fabric that is more durable than most other types but has softer features when properly treated.


This blog post has shown how to attach feathers to fabric using hot glue, but there are other options. For instance, you can sew the feather onto the fabric or use a needle and thread to stitch it.

You could also try gluing craft foam pieces together with an adhesive to create a soft surface for sewing or stitching your feather in place. No matter what materials you choose, be sure that they match well with each other so that no one will notice any difference between them when looking closely at your project!

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