Fabric Mod Podge is one of my new favorite crafts!!
It is so easy and adds a beautiful touch to almost anything,
especially when you use our Designer Fabrics.
Cherie has a Fabric Mod Podge Tutorial that I used.
I will be showing you how I did this technique, but if you are looking for additional resources,
hers is a great tutorial to follow as well.
– Supplies –
Fabric Mod Podge
(I used scraps from 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain for Moda from my Quilted Christmas Stockings. We have beautiful Christmas Fabrics you can view by clicking the link.)
Hot Glue/Glue Gun
First, get the object you are covering.
In this case, I am covering a metal star.
You will need to measure the area you are covering.
Add about 1/2″ around. We will be trimming it off after we mod podge.
I traced one side of the star onto a piece of paper.
Then I cut the paper, using it as a pattern.
Now trace your pattern onto your fabric.
I traced it using a Vanishing Fabric Marker on the back of the fabric.
Since the star has 10 sides, I was careful choosing which fabrics would point one way and which would point the other way. When you trace your pattern, you will trace it five times with it pointing to the left, then you will turn it over and trace it five more times pointing to the right. Which fabrics you choose are up to you. I did four of one fabric and two each of three other fabrics.
*Leave a comment if you need further clarification. :)*
Now cut out your pieces, leaving about 1/2″ extra fabric around your piece.
We will cut more after we apply the mod podge.
After my pieces were cut out, I put them around my star to make sure I liked what I had.
This will allow you to make any changes before all the work of applying mod podge.
(Take a picture if you know you will probably forget the pattern you chose (like me). :))
Now we are going to apply Fabric Mod Podge to our pieces.
Here is the secret to Fabric Mod Podge.
Apply the mod podge to the top of the fabric first!
This will eliminate all bubbles AND makes it really easy to adhere to the object.
Using a brush (I used a sponge brush, but a paint brush works too),
apply the mod podge to the top of your fabric pieces.
Wait for them to dry.
I waited for about an hour.
Now is the time to cut your pieces down to size.
The Fabric Mod Podge seals your fabric so there won’t be any fraying at this point.
If you don’t want any of the star showing, you might want to keep the size of the piece,
and trim it down as you go.
Next we will apply our pieces to the object.
Put the Fabric Mod Podge onto your object using your brush.
Cover the entire area that will be covered.
Now carefully apply your fabric piece to the object.
Smooth out bubbles with your fingers or whatever you’d like.
I had a little extra on my piece so I folded it under the star and mod podged it down.
Apply Fabric Mod Podge to the top to create a sealant,
especially in areas where two fabric pieces touch.
Continue with all of your pieces until your object is covered.
Now admire your beautiful work while it dries. 🙂
Watching something dry has never been more fun!!
I wanted to use my newly decorated star as a door decoration.
To do this, I hung it up using one of the beautiful Wired Ribbons from The Ribbon Retreat.
This Anisha Wired Ribbbon has the look of silk for the fraction of the price and I love it!
I cut a piece of the wired ribbon and looped it through the star.
Now you can make a knot in the other ends of the ribbon, or if you’re like me and deal with crazy winds every night, tie a knot a few times around your hook.
Next make two simple bows with the wired ribbon.
I made one bow bigger than the other, you can easily do them the same size.
With the bow that goes in the back, squish the center so it is smaller
making it less visible with the other bow on top.
Hot glue the first bow onto your ribbon that holds up the star.
I glued it right below the knot on my hook.
Now you’re going to take your other bow and hot glue it onto the first bow.
You can move around the loops and tails to your hearts desire.
That’s the beautiful thing about wired ribbon!
If you have long tails and would like them shorter, now is the time to trim them.
You can seal your ends with a lighter.
With just a little bit of work and glue, you have a beautiful Christmas decoration that people will be dying to know where you bought it! And then comes the satisfaction of saying, “I made it!”