Tuesday Tip….How to Spray-Baste a Quilt


Spray baste is a temporary adhesive designed to work with fabric. It spreads from a can and can be washed out. We like to recommend 505 Spray and Fix to spray-baste quilts. It’s acid free and won’t gum up your sewing machine needle. This product comes in two sizes of cans: 6.22 oz and 12.4 oz.

We are confident that a small can of 505 Spray will give you more than enough for one large quilt or a bunch of small projects such as table runners, baby quilts, etc. The larger can of 505 Spray will ensure that you have enough product to baste several large projects and will last a long time if you are prolific quilter! Remember that you don’t need to spray this product liberally. A light hand goes further than you think with this product.

Five reasons to choose spray baste:

1. It takes minutes to baste even a king-size quilt.

2. The adhesive from 505 Spray lasts, you only need reactivate it with a steam iron.

3. It’s reposition able so that if you experience a pucker in your quilt sandwich (combination of top, batting and backing) , you can lift and re-smooth the sandwich.

4. You can let your quilt sandwich sit after it’s been spray basted and you don’t have to worry about the adhesive wearing off.

5. It provides the best possible surface for machine quilting because every part of the sandwich has evenly adhered to itself.

How to use 505 Spray Adhesive in Seven Steps:

Step 1: Set yourself up in a well ventilated room to work in. Some quilters like to use the floor of their sewing studio while others set up folding banquet tables in a garage and leave the garage door open. Just make sure that there’s fresh air coming around you as you work. If you’re sensitive to the smell of the spray baste, use a face mask.

Step 2: Lay your batting on your firm surface and smooth it out.

Step 3: Layer your backing wrong side down on top of your batting, smoothing it out as you go. When both of these layers (batting and backing) are smoothed out, peel the backing back onto itself. This exposes half of the batting.

Step 4: Holding the 505 Spray baste can about 12 inches above the batting and with a light touch, spray the exposed batting quickly and evenly.

Step 5: Carefully and slowly smooth the backing onto the batting working from the centre middle outwards to the sides and corners. When done, repeat Steps 3 and 4 with the other half of your quilt batting and backing.

Step 6: Once backing and batting are bonded together with spray, carefully lay the quilt top, wrong-side down onto the batting. Again make sure that the seams are into place before spraying. It’s crucial to have your top and backing pressed really well before starting this whole sandwiching process in order to have your quilt lay flat and smooth once the layers are stuck together.

Step 7: When you’re done with the sandwich, take the whole thing to your ironing board (backing, batting and top). Iron the entire sandwich from the centre outward with a hot steam iron. This “sets” the fabric in place and makes the adhesive adhere well.

Hint: Many times if the project is medium sized or smaller, I perform this sandwiching process using 505 spray and steps 1-7 right on my ironing board.

Here’s a quick video to watch this product in action:



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