How to Make Spray Glue

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Making spray glue at home helps save money and ensures a ready supply.
Making spray glue at home helps save money and ensures a ready supply. (Image: monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images)

While quilting is a rewarding process, it can be fraught with snags -- luckily, spray glue can help. This adhesive holds the layers of a quilt together while they are are basted and stitched. Water, vodka and liquid starch are key to creating this quilt-saver.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 quart distilled water
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 5 drops fragrant essential oil
  • 1/2 cup liquid starch
  • Plastic funnel
  • 2-quart spray bottle

Remove the nozzle from the empty spray bottle. Place the funnel over the opening of the spray bottle. The funnel will help you when pouring everything into the bottle.

Spray bottles are great for holding homemade formulas.
Spray bottles are great for holding homemade formulas. (Image: ferlistockphoto/iStock/Getty Images)

Pour the distilled water into the spray bottle. Follow with the vodka and five drops of fragrance. The alcohol helps to act as a sanitizer, adds potato starch to the formula and encourages rapid evaporation when using the glue. Essential oils add a nice scent to the formula.

Pour the liquid starch into the bottle. Remove the funnel and replace the nozzle.

Swirl the liquid inside the bottle until well-blended. Label and use as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • The spray adhesive can also be used to starch clothing when ironing.
  • You may also use flour mixed with water instead of liquid starch.
  • This spray adhesive is intended only for light gluing of fabric and paper.

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