Reattach fabric in old trunk

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My Grandmother's old trunk is lined in fabric. It is in fair shape but has come loose in some areas. How do I make it supple enough to reattach? Thx


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  • Beka 6 Beka 6 on May 20, 2021

    Cut a small slit if u have 2 with exacto and squeeze lil glue n there

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 20, 2021

    Where exactly has it come loose? In the centre or in specific areas where it had been tucked in, or under the frame?


    Sometimes with age, certain fabrics dry out and shrink or begin to disintegrate. If the fabric is stiff to touch and is fraying where it has come loose, this may be what has happened to it.


    Posting a picture would help illustrate the problem.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 20, 2021

    My first thought was modpodge would probably work the best. I would brush it on and let it soak in to make the fabric more pliable and then smooth it back into place.

  • Janice Janice on May 20, 2021

    I agree that Grandmas advice sounds like it would work well, unless you want to disengage a larger portion of the fabric and spray an adhesive to the entire lid and then press the fabric back onto the hard surface of the lid.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 20, 2021

    here is info for you on how to replace it but to just reattach it you could use clear tiny stapes or pins

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 20, 2021

    Hello. Posting photograph could be helpful to isolate the areas where the fabric is removed and the extent of fabric meeting we attachment.

  • Try some fabric glue.

  • I found this video which suggests using mod podge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNcHvSl0-Dk

  • Em Em on May 21, 2021

    Spray adhesive from the auto parts store. They use it to tack up headliner in car.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 22, 2021

    Hi! I used mod Podge when I reclined my antique trunk. I cut the fabric just slightly larger than the part I was lining, applying Mod Podge to the wood, adhering the fabric and then layering the Mod Podge on it. I had removed the old material because it was musty. If you could remove the fabric, it would be easier to reapply I think. Good luck!

  • Betsy Betsy on May 24, 2021

    Hi Vickie: I got some fabric glue from the dollar store and it worked really well on my project. They have brand name glue, you just don't have to spend a lot of money to buy a gallon of the stuff! :) The glue for foam might be your best bet.


    Good luck

  • Annie Annie on May 25, 2021

    Try using a steam iron to soften up

  • I was going to suggest what Annie said, try using a steam to soften the fabric up so it will stretch enough for you to work with it. Just be careful not to use too much moisture, you don't want to damage the fabric or the trunk. Once it dries again, you can use a spray fabric adhesive. I wouldn't use mod podge, it will get tacky and stiff.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jun 29, 2021

    You can use a stapler to hold the fabric in place.

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