You Shouldn’t Baste A Quilt Unless You Have This Spray


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Basting a quilt can be a bit of a pain. Getting the positioning right, making sure it stays in place, and getting everything situated can take a long time, and it’s pretty easy to mess up.

There are some methods for this, but I’ve never found anything that does the job right. If you pin it, you can prick yourself or accidentally move a pin out of place. This method just doesn’t work for me.


If you use spray adhesive, it’s super effective but the fumes are overwhelming. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to do quilt basting outside.

That’s why when I found the recipe for a DIY adhesive spray, I was super excited. I only needed 4 ingredients, and I already had them all on hand!

Here’s what you need to make the best DIY basting spray:

  • 2 cups of water & another cup of water, separated
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3-4 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol

To make making it and boiling it easier, you will also need:

  • Measuring cup(s)
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Container to shake flour and water in

First, bring your 2 cups of water to a boil in your saucepan with your salt and wait until it’s completely dissolved. In a separate container, pour in your flour and your additional cup of water. Shake the flour and water until it’s combined well.

Turn down the heat so the water is at a rolling boil and add your flour slurry, whisking together until the mixture is the consistency of a thick gravy.

Wait until the mixture cools down to room temperature, then pour it into your bottle using a funnel. Add your rubbing alcohol and close the lid of your bottle. Shake vigorously before each use and it’s all ready!

Basting has never been easier!