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There's a very interesting story about how Velcro was invented: it's 1941 and a man called George de Mestral returns from a hunting trip with his dog, he realizes his clothes and the dog's fur are full of burdock burrs (seeds) he was curious as to how they kept sticking to things all the time so he examined the seeds under a microscope and noted hundreds of "hooks" that caught on anything with a loop, such as clothing, animal fur, or hair. So he saw the possibility of binding two materials reversibly in a simple fashion, if he could figure out how to duplicate the hooks and loops.
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Velcro can be glued or sewed to fabric. It comes in different sizes and colors and it can be bought by the yard. When sewing it I recommend using a quilting pressing foot on your machine so every piece remains steady. You can also add a small amount of fabric glue to hold it in place while sewing, but you have to let it dry first and be careful the glue doesn't bleed or stain your fabric. Choose a thread that’s the same color as your velcro.
It's not necessary to use too much, if you're working with a long area of fabric, like a jacket closure, you can stitch an inch of velcro every few inches away (like you would do buttons) and it will be enough to hold both pieces together.
* Cut small squares of velcro loops and glue to a work surface, then glue the hook sides to your utensils to keep them in place and always handy. My brother did this on his car to keep the remote control for the garage always at hand. Adhesive velcro is very easy to find.