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Fabric Mod Podge: Everything You Need to Know!

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.

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.

Meet Fabric Mod Podge! If you’ve never used this decoupage formula before, it’s pretty cool. And let’s start by making it clear exactly what this specific Mod Podge is for:

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

What is the finish of this formula?

It is Glossy. You can see the swatch below (it’s on paper, but illustrates the look).

Fabric Mod Podge

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 in this post.


Are you ready to start using Fabric Mod Podge? Try one of these projects!

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Leave me your questions in the comments – I’ll answer them as best I can.

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Eden

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Can I use this mod podge to stick or seal glitter onto tulle?

Carrie

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

which mod podge would you recommend if I am using a temporary tattoo on a fabric facemask to wear in public and I want that tattoo to become permanent

Amy

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

I would use Fabric Mod Podge!

Diana Morehouse

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Help! I heat pressed an image to a pillowcase. The image took me three hours to weed. I started to color it in with the fabric markers I just bought and they are bleeding through the lines in the image. (I just started it and I’ve only used one color so far.) I would like to know if I could apply the fabric mod podge to the image and then use the fabric markers over it?

Amy

Friday 26th of June 2020

Hi Diana! I'm not really sure - I've got an article about using Mod Podge with markers, but I haven't tested it with fabric markers. Do you have a scrap piece of fabric you can use for a test? That is what I recommend.

Gi

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Hey, I used it to hem the sleeves of a shirt that I made a short sleeve and the fabric has a sort of darker color to it, will that last? If it does I’ll just paint over it since I painted art on the collar so no worries

Amy

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Hi there! Yes, it will last. It does make fabric darker.

Kar

Thursday 8th of September 2016

I'm pregnant and want to cover a vinyl roller blind with fabric for the new baby room. I don't want to use spray adhesive because of the VOCs and other toxins. Would Mod Podge work? I don't know if there are any funky interactions between Mod Podge and vinyl. I'd also like not to have to go over the face of the fabric with the glue so the shade looks like plain fabric, not fabric with a plasticky coating. Am I asking too much of Mod Podge? :)

Amy

Friday 9th of September 2016

Hi Kar! Yes, there are funky interactions between Mod Podge and vinyl. It's *probably* not going to work. Also the Mod Podge is going to soak through the fabric more than likely, so you would need to top coat it. Having said that . . . I'd have someone spray adhesive it for you!