Learn all about the Fabric Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some unique projects you can make.
Are you ready to decoupage fabric or paper to fabric and have it be permanent? And be able to wash it?! You’ve come to the right place – or formula, I should say.
Applying fabric or paper to fabric.
Yep, that’s it! Well, not “it,” but it’s that simple. Your regular Mod Podges are made for applying items to wood, metal, glass, etc., but this formula is used when fabric is the base.
If the process is followed appropriately, you’ll be able to wash (or hand wash as the case may be) your decoupaged items. When fabric is applied to fabric, I feel comfortable washing my items in the gentle cycle. When paper or napkins are applied to fabric, I like to hand wash.
Mod Podge on Fabric
My favorite use for Mod Podge Fabric is applying fabric appliqués to other fabric items. For example, applying fabric cutouts to pillows, shirts, etc. However I also enjoy using this formula to prepare fabric for application to furniture.
It’s a very durable formula, so sometimes I’ll use it to coat a piece of fabric before cutting it out for some other decoupage use. It’s a nice fray preventative.
Applying Fabric to Fabric
Here’s my process for applying fabric to fabric:
- Pre-wash the fabric to remove sizing.
- Cut the design out of your fabric.
- Apply Fabric Mod Podge to the back of the fabric design.
- Place the fabric face-up on the base fabric where desired, and press firmly but gently to the surface with your fingertips.
- Apply a second coat of Fabric Mod Podge with a brush.
- Cure for 72 hours.
- Wash in cold water by hand or gentle cycle. Dry flat or line dry.
Applying Napkins to Fabric
Here’s my process for applying napkins to fabric:
- Pre-wash the fabric to remove sizing.
- Cut the design out of the napkin and discard the layers. Place napkin upside down on a piece of parchment or wax paper.
- Apply Fabric Mod Podge to the back of the design.
- Place the napkin and wax paper face-up on the fabric where desired, and press firmly but gently to the surface with your fingertips. Remove the paper carefully and press the design firmly again.
- Apply a second coat of Fabric Mod Podge with a brush, working into the napkin with a gentle, swirling motion. Clean the brush often when the ink of the napkin bleeds.
- Cure for 72 hours.
- Wash in cold water by hand. Dry flat or line dry.
Questions About Fabric Mod Podge
1. What is the finish of this formula? It is Glossy. You can see the swatch below (it’s on paper, but illustrates the look).
2. How do I prepare my fabric for using Fabric Mod Podge on it? You must pre-wash, dry and iron the fabric. DO NOT use fabric softener. If using a t-shirt or a thin fabric, place a piece of wax paper inside directly under where you will be decoupaging your design.
3. How do I wash my project that’s decorated with Fabric Mod Podge? The project is machine washable in cold water on the gentle cycle or by hand after 72 hours, and line dry. However, this formula will hold up best on decorative items that don’t have to be washed often.
4. I washed my fabric project in the washer and when it took it out it looked cloudy, what happened? When washing your fabric to fabric decoupage project in the washer, your decoupage layer will absorb a little water and create a milky look. Your project will be a little tender at this point, so be careful when handling. But do not be alarmed – it will fully dry to its original state.
5. Can I use this formula in place of sewing? No, not for an entire garment. For an embellishment, yes. But I don’t want you to Mod Podge a shirt together and send me an email when you end up topless in public. Please don’t do that.
6. This formula is very thick. Can I thin it? Yes, it’s very thick on purpose. Stir it as best you can and use a soft bristled brush to apply. Thinning it will reduce the properties, so I don’t recommend it.
7. I already have (Gloss/Matte/some other) Mod Podge. Do I really need this formula? Absolutely. This is made to be washed, unlike the other formulas. The other formulas aren’t going to last like this one will.
Now that you’ve read my FAQ, check out a fun video I made a long time ago that will show you how to use this product. Just press “PLAY” in the center of the video below:
Are you ready to start using Fabric Mod Podge? Try one of these projects!
How to Make No-Sew Fabric Coasters (Vintage Style!)
Learn how to make simple fabric coasters with a vintage scarf and decoupage medium. These are so easy and make a great gift!
DIY Pocket Tee with Fabric Mod Podge
This DIY pocket tee was a quick and easy project! Use Mod Podge and your favorite fabric – there is no sewing required.
No Sew Tote Embellishments
Take some dollar store tea towels and enhance plain tote bags - with Mod Podge! No sewing required.
How to Alter a Cowboy Hat with Mod Podge and Fabric!
Alter a cowboy hot in less than an hour. Grab some Fabric Mod Podge and your favorite floral fabric and get making!
Fabric Appliqué Thanksgiving Placemat
Use up your fabric scraps and burlap bits to make this quick and easy Thanksgiving placemat.
How To Make A DIY Neon Pineapple Apron
From wild and crazy pants, to a bright and cheery apron. You won't want to miss how to make this DIY neon pineapple apron!
Thread Wrapped DIY Bracelet
If you love ombre and shades of blue, check out this tutorial for a DIY bracelet from Rachel. It's so easy even a kid can do it!
DIY Purse Refashion Using Vintage Florals
Use a vintage sheet and Mod Podge in this fabulous DIY purse refashion – it's such an easy craft project, and very budget friendly!
Fall Overhaul: Mod Podge Boots
Re-vamp an old pair of boots with a little Mod Podge and uber cute fabric. It is easy...I swear!
Decorate a Jute Bag with Fabric (No Sew!)
This inexpensive jute bag gets an upgrade with pretty floral fabric and vintage lace. It's perfect for errands, or even a pool/beach bag!
DIY Necklace and Pendant with Mod Podge Facet Shapes
Add a piece of fabric to a faceted pendant using Fabric Mod Podge. This is such a pretty jewelry project.
Valentine Decorations: Embroidery Hoop Wall Hangings
These valentine decorations are SO easy! Use fabric and Mod Podge to create wall art with embroidery hoops. Hang anywhere you like.
DIY Onesies Made with Fabric Mod Podge
You'll love these no sew DIY onesies. She turned her old boy's wardrobe into clothing for her new baby girl with Fabric Mod Podge – so easy!
Fabric Covered Tennis Shoes
ou really only need a few supplies to make a pair of custom sneakers, and I promise it's easy. Learn how here.
These DIY Sandals Cost Zero Dollars to Make
These DIY sandals are so easy to make with Mod Podge and fabric scraps – and since I already had the fabric scraps on hand, the cost was $0.
Leave me your questions in the comments – I’ll answer them as best I can.