How to Attach Fabric With Spray Adhesive

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Changing the 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, you can achieve new looks through the wonders of modern science. Today's spray adhesives are light, inexpensive and easy to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Read the label on the spray adhesive to make sure it will adhere to the material you are using. Some adhesives will work on vinyl or leather, while others won't.

  • Make sure that your materials are clean and dry.

  • Holding the can 6 inches to 8 inches away, spray the object to which you are attaching the fabric. Don't spray the back of the fabric; if the fabric gets away from you, you don't want it to stick to itself.

  • Start at one edge and smooth the fabric over the object. 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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