Sunday, September 23, 2012

Video Post -Basting with Hairspray

Several of my readers have asked for a video showing how I baste a quilt with hairspray.  Although I usually forget it until I have the quilt half basted, this time I remembered.
I do use a few pins -for the size shown I used about ten safety pins to hold it in addition to the hairspray.  This is how I do almost all of my quilts.  The hairspray will wash out of the quilt and is relatively safe.



Extra notes,  I always use Warm and Natural or Warm and White all cotton batting for this. The spray doesn't seem to stick well to polyester - not even 80/20 blends.
I used about 10 pins total on it.  Four in the corners,  four on the sides and two in the middle.  It is also much less annoying when free motion quilting. 

This video has also been added to my Videos- Quilty/Crafty page.  The pages tabs are just below the header.

24 comments:

Barbara said...

Excellent! Spray...roll...smooth, spray...roll...smooth, very peaceful 'on the floor' activity. I always have hairspray around, and not having to pin so much would be easier on the hands. Great video!

Barbara said...

Excellent! Spray...roll...smooth, spray...roll...smooth, very peaceful 'on the floor' activity. I always have hairspray around, and not having to pin so much would be easier on the hands. Great video!

tpott said...

Hi, Thank you so much Gene. That was a great video, so informative, I even think I could do that. I don't use hair spray for my hair, I'll have to buy some for basting. Thanks for taking the time to enlighten us with this fantastic how-to. ;-> Toni Anne

Rita said...

Great post. I never thought of using hairspray. Thanks so much for the video!

jdqltr said...

Wow! I love this! Never considered rolling the backing and top like that, but rolling solves problems I have with spray baste. B
Thanks for a great tutorial!

jdqltr said...

Wow! I love this! Never considered rolling the backing and top like that, but rolling solves problems I have with spray baste. B
Thanks for a great tutorial!

Frog Quilter said...

This is the way I used to do my quilts but with Sullivan's spray. Now the long arm has its own method. Thanks for the video...

MoeWest said...

Thanks for the tip, I'll have to give this a try. What ever made you think of using hairspray?

Barb said...

What an awesome video...it is always great to see you on video....

Beth said...

Great tutorial. Never thought of using hairspray. How did you think of it? The rolling sure will solve a lot of problems.
Thanks!

Connie said...

What a great idea Gene, never would have thought of using hair spray!! Thanks for sharing.
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sherry said...

so much cheaper the 505...thanx for the super tip

Danielle Hudson said...

Why did I know Aqua Net would be your hairspray choice for this? I used it when I was a teenager. My dad used to call by bangs the big brick wall..haha! Great idea!

Snoodles said...

This is an awesome idea! Then I won't have to air out the entire house, like I do with "that other stuff"....LOL

Teresa in Music City said...

Aha!!! Hadn't thought of hairspray!!! Thanks for the head's up :*)

Char said...

Oh my goodness, who would have thought, hairspray. What an excellent idea Gene and so much cheaper than Sullivans. Thanks for sharing!

Jamie Lee said...

What a great idea! I bet Aquanet works the best.

Quilter Kathy said...

Very cool idea!

sulrossgrad said...

Loved your video. Hairspray, of all things. Would have never thought of it! You can be sure I'll be trying it.
Emma

Cyn ;-) said...

Like everyone else, I never thought of using hairspray either. But why not? The darn stuff sticks to everything it gets in contact with... like the bathroom mirror! I never put 2 and 2 together. Super vid. Thank you so much for this great tip and money saver!

Denise :) said...

I love, LOVE this!! Is there a particular reason you use the Aqua Net? Or will any super-duper holding hairspray do? Gene, this really is brilliant and SO cost effecting. That spray basting stuff costs a pretty penny! And since most of what I do is small, it's the perfect fit for me!! THANK YOU for sharing!!! :)

Julianne said...

Awesome Awesome Awesome Gene! Gonna go buy me some Aqua net! Thanks so much!

Linda said...

I've been so busy, I missed this when you posted it! Excellent video!!! I use spray basting exclusively for ALL my quilts, but I never thought of using hairspray! Wonderful idea!! I guess it doesn't hurt the fabric or you wouldn't do it, right? Thank you for this great idea! I know hairspray is much cheaper than spray basting!

LuAnn said...

Genius! I have used 404 Spray Baste but it is hard on the breathing in a closed area. I have a couple of small quilts I want to baste, and I'm going to give this a try. Thanks for demonstrating in the video. I think my kitchen bar is wide enough to do my quilts. Also I really love that green swirly fabric on the quilt back. It would make gorgeous applique' leaves.