I love all of the new formulas of Mod Podge and being able to run them through the wringer. The fabric Mod Podge formula was no exception. I was eager to dive into my bottle and really see what the benefits of this product are.
The manufacturer’s website had this to say about the product:
Decoupage on fabric … why not? Simply use Fabric Mod Podge to apply paper prints or fabric swatches to wearables, totes, banners and more! An exciting new way to embellish your clothes and your home.
I would say that judging by appearance only the fabric Mod Podge seems to be slightly thicker in consistency than the matte formula. Otherwise, the appearance, odor, etc seemed to all be consistent with what I was used to.
I have seen several projects that include fabric Mod Podge online. Many of them claimed that material would cut more cleanly after the Mod Podge was applied. I decided to test that theory. Below are a couple of fabric swatches.
Let’s look at the patterned fabric first. I think in the picture below you can really see that the fabric takes on a different sheen after the fabric Mod Podge is applied. Be aware of this when using it on your projects. After application, the fabric is also stiffer and has a “slick” feeling. The left side has Mod Podge and the right does not.
From the picture above you can see that it appears that the fabric Mod Podge does help with the fraying of the fabric once cut. You can see the writing better on my plain white swatch below. I actually cut the fabric and then tore a portion as well. You can see below that with the Mod Podge the edges look much better than without any treatment.
I have always had issues with cutting fabric with my Sizzix. So I ran some material through just to see if the fabric Mod Podge would make a difference. The flower on the left in the picture below has no Mod Podge applied while the right version does. If I ever want to cut fabric with my Sizzix, I will be applying this product first!
I was so excited in fact that I made a little flower pin before putting my Sizzix away. Finally fabric cutting success!
So how does the fabric Mod Podge work when adhering fabric to various surfaces? I tested a few of those out as well. First I put a burlap number onto some painted wood to make a wedding reception table number. The adhesion and properties were just as great as what I would expect from a Mod Podge product.
Next up I did fabric to fabric and fabric to washi tape. I made these doily Easter eggs in a variety of fabrics and some washi tape as well. Again the performance and adhesion were wonderful. Seriously no complaints on the performance of this product as a fabric adhesive.
All in all this is a great addition to the Mod Podge line of products. For me personally, the clean cutting and non-fraying of fabric edges is enough for me to keep a bottle on hand at all times. I can think of tons of applications where I want to cut fabric and not have to worry about the edges fraying. The fact that this product is also an excellent adhesive for fabric to a variety of surfaces is just icing on the cake.
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Could I use this to adhere fabric to onesies for my grandson? If so, what did it say about washing the item once finished? Thanks
Amy R says
This is exactly what i’ve been looking for!! Can’t wait to try it out!
Angie @ CCC says
Yes actually you can! Check out this tutorial:
I too was worried about how it would stand up to washing. Thanks Angie for the link, very helpful 🙂
Now I have an excuse to go to a craft store!
robyn Josephs says
thanks for the testing
Janet Trapp says
Just wondering if you used regular mod podge to see if that would cut just as well with the Sizzix? Would love to know if you really need to buy this specific kind. TIA! ~God bless~
Excellent information. I always wanted to know how to cut cloth with my Silhouette without using expensive interface, I have to try, I think this may do the trick. Let see if it works with classic Modpodge as is extremelly difficult for me to get fabric ModPodge in Spain… or Europe
I have had many good experiences as well with this fabvric mod podge. I will stiffening good, but it will be still not too hard so that it will breake.
But for other things i used my own glue and recipies. It is dependable off which purpose i need and off which hardening i need.
I have had as well great succes with Paverpol. It’s asesome to use for outside your fabric stiffener it stand all the weatherconditions great. I live in the Netherlands so we have hard and cold winters.
It’s the same i think expensively glue like the small amounts of the Fabric Mod podge you can buy.
but i really like them both.
I’m wondering about your opinion on applying Modge Podge to a suede jacket simply for the sheen. I was originally planning to use a fabric glue to cover over the jacket with a different fabric, and I actually like the shiny effect the glue creates atop the jacket. Do you think this would work with the shiny Modge Podge? Will it make the jacket completely stiff? Will the jacket flake if it’s forced to be malleable? Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated!
Hmmm. This is a good question. I certainly would use Fabric Mod Podge, as it’s meant to be malleable after treating. (It’s like making regular fabric into oil cloth, if you are familiar with that.) Remember that MP is still a little sticky, even after it’s thoroughly dry, so be prepared for that texture. Could you test the idea on an old purse or suede boot or something to test it out before you commit to treating the whole jacket? That’s what a CTD would do! 🙂
Question I just mod podgee paper on some overalls but I forgot to use fabric mod can I add more coats of fabric so they will be washable??? And what do I do with the SHINEY ring around what I’d did to cover it up?
Bridgette- Your overalls will never be washable, even with fabric mod podge. You are adding a coat of plastic (hence the shiny ring.) My advice is to try and soak the paper off and wash out the Mod Podge. Then transfer your design onto something made for fabric, such as a t-shirt transfer for dark fabrics OR printable canvas. Paper on fabrics that you want to wear- and wash- is a bad idea. Good luck, Jenny
I was wanting to waterproof a banner for a vigil. Can you suggest what material I should use for a 4 or 5 foot wide banner, what paint for the slogan, and how to waterproof it. Will I still be able to roll it up to carry to the venue?
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Afroze- I wouldn’t recommend using Mod Podge, for sure! It dries sticky and is not really waterproof. You can purchase canvas at your art supply store and then paint using any acrylic paints. Once your paint dries, it IS waterproof- so you should be in good shape. If you really want to keep the canvas from getting soggy, try NEVERWET – it’s a two-part spray sealant that literally repels liquids. It’s pretty cool. Good luck!
I have made two very large fabric wall art pieces to be stretched over wood frame. I need to seal them as some of the fabrics are quite old, used for nostalgic reasons. I was excited to read about fabric mod podge until you said it will stay sticky. I investigated online reviews of Neverwet as you mentioned that also. I found that it could seriously discolor my very hard work – so that’s out. Help!
Neverwet would not necessarily help you preserve those fragile fabrics. How you preserve the vintage fabrics will depend on A) how they are joined (sewing? glue?) and if you want to preserve them for one generation or many. Also, do you want to preserve the integrity of the fabric? Because once you seal it with Mod Podge formula, it will darken and look plastic-y. I’d probably invest in a good framing service (shadow box, UV protected glass, sealed) to keep the fabric from degrading and keep the look/feel of fabric. If you don’t care if it looks plastic-y or gets sealed, go ahead and use fabric Mod Podge but then use a spray sealant on it so that it looses the sticky quality. Or there is a new Furniture Mod Podge formula (available in Satin, Matte, and Gloss) that is supposed to be non-sticky. Good luck!
I’m Looking for a way to adhere lace on to grosgrain ribbon. Would Fabric Mod Podge work? If not could you recommend something. I’m trying to make cheer bows with the grosgrain ribbon and want to add lace over the ribbon without it leaving and residue.
I would add a little Fabri-Tac- use it sparingly, it holds very well. And it’s clear so you won’t see it even if it squishes through a bit.
Jeanne Love says
Can you use fabric Modge Podge to glue fabric to a leather or vinyl purse?
Jeanne- I’m going to say probably not if it’s plastic or vynil. The MP won’t have anything to “grab” onto and it would peel off. Also keep in mind that when you use fabric Mod Podge, you have to add it on TOP of the fabric, too… essentially changing the feel of fabric into oil cloth or vinyl. Not sure if that’s the texture your are going for, but I thought I should mention it.
I would like to transfer a picture from a laser printer onto a faux suede pillow (like how they do it onto wood). Do you think the fabric mod podge would work for this? Or would regular mod podge be better.
I think you are going to have a very difficult time transferring anything to suede. The nap is an issue and it will certainly change both the color and the feel of suede. I would not recommend it.
Hi Jenny. I have a large piece of colorful cotton fabric that I want to use for a tablecloth. I don’t want it to be sticky or shiny, but water and stain resistant. Do you suggest fabric Mod Podge? Regular Matte Mod Podge? Something else? Wax? Spray on acrylic sealer or waterproofing spray? Help! I’m so confused. (Also I need to sew some darts or pleats in it, so I need it to be somewhat flexible after it’s treated.
Do not use any kind of Mod Podge if you don’t want to alter the hand or texture of the fabric. You are better off spraying it with Never Wet. Good luck!
Ben Ellis says
I used fabric mod podge to attach some designs on paper to fabric. I’ve read everywhere that the outcome is machine-washable after drying (I followed the directions and let the samples dry for six days), but when I washed in cold water the paper designs were completely destroyed. It was a big ol’ mess.
Do you have any experience in washing fabric mod podge creations using paper and fabric? I used a denim, btw. It looked great before the wash but after was unusable. Is hand-washing an option or maybe dry-cleaning? Or are these projects basically unwashable?
Fabric Mod Podge is for fabric only- not paper. Paper cannot be made waterproof with FMP. You’d need to adhere fabric TO fabric.