How to Attach Fabric With Spray Adhesive

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Changing the entire look of a room can be as easy as changing one chair, or adding a padded headboard. Even if you don't own a sewing machine, the wonders of modern science are here to help. Today's spray adhesives are light, inexpensive and easy to use. Do wear a paint mask to protect your sinuses and lungs, and then follow the simple steps below to attach fabric to pretty much anything you can imagine.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Spray adhesive
  • Paint mask

How to Attach Fabric With Spray Adhesive

Read the label on the spray adhesive to make sure it will adhere to the material you want to attach your fabric to. Some adhesives will work on vinyl or leather, and some won't.

Make sure that whatever you are attaching the fabric to is clean and dry.

Spray the object that you are attaching the fabric to, rather than the back of the fabric. That way, if the fabric gets away from you (it happens) it will not stick to itself.

Start at one edge and smooth the fabric over the piece you want it to adhere to. Spray adhesive dries quickly, but you have about 30 seconds before it bonds to smooth out wrinkles and straighten edges.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are applying more than one layer--as with batting in an upholstery project--use the spray adhesive between each layer.
  • To keep the nozzle from clogging, turn the can upside down and spray into a piece of scrap cloth until no more adhesive comes out.
  • Wear a paint mask to protect your sinuses and lungs, and use spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside.

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