How to Decoupage with Fabric

Decoupage is a quick and easy way to add interest to otherwise plain surfaces, like furniture, boxes, and other crafts. Mod Podge is great for gluing and sealing paper or fabric to surfaces like cardboard, canvas, or wood.

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Step 1: Cover with a layer of fabric

First I’m going to cover the front of this letter O with a base layer of fabric so the cardboard won’t show through gaps later. Cut a piece of fabric a little larger than the surface you’re covering. Brush on a layer of Mod Podge. Lay the fabric on top, press and smooth it out.

Glue down the overhanging fabric. Where there are curves, I’m snipping the fabric to so it lays smoothly.

Step 2: Cut out shapes

I’m going to cut out a bunch of triangles to layer on my letter. Cut a 2” strip of fabric. Then cut diagonal lines to form triangles. Make more triangles from different fabrics.

For your project, use any shape you want or just cut random shapes and sizes. If you have a larger flat surface, you could also use a single large piece of fabric instead of layering small pieces.

Step 3: Glue on the fabric

Brush on some Mod Podge, enough to glue one piece. Press down the fabric and glue the edges. You can place the pieces in a pattern or just randomly. For this letter O, I’m first covering the sides with overlapping triangles, then the front. Continue to glue on pieces until the object is covered.

Fabric made with natural fibers like cotton tend to work best, but other fabrics will work too. The Mod Podge may make the fabric look a little darker.

Finally go over the entire piece with another coat of Mod Podge. Let the glue completely dry and the Mod Podge will turn clear, providing a durable decorative finish.

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