DIY Mod-Podge and Fabric Ornaments | with Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics


*Christmas music playing* Hi, I’m Jennifer with Shabby Fabrics. As you can imagine, we have a lot of scrap
fabric laying around at Shabby Fabrics, after we cut kits and block-of-the-month programs. So I have been looking for ways to find projects
I can either do with a group or with my family that uses up some of those scraps. Now this is a project that I have done when
I was a kid, except instead of using fabric on these ornaments, we used paper. But this is such a great way to use up literally
small scraps of fabric. Now what I’ve got in my hands is just a plastic
ornament and we’re going to be covering it with strips of fabric. In a previous video when I showed you how
to make the quilted Christmas ornaments I used strips – 2.5″ strips, these were the
Jingle Pops from Hoffman, and of course I had a lot of strips leftover, so even if you
have maybe you bought a Jelly Roll, we can cut that into smaller strips that can be used
for this project, so let me show you how to go about doing that. These are three of the Jingle Pop strips that
I had leftover from making my Quilted Christmas Ornament. And I chose the three reds because I really
love red, and they just look so good together on this ornament. So, let me show you what we will do. These strips are 2.5″ wide, and that’s way
too wide for this particular project. So what we will do, is we’ll cut this into
4″ segments in width. And then – we’ll cut a couple of these – then
we’re going to cut that in half down the length. And there’s nothing magical about the 4 inches. Notice I did that very quickly. It’s just an approximation. And then I’m gonna cut that in half. So that’d be about 1 1/4. So let me just cut that, and I’ll put that
off to the side. And that’s probably more than enough, because
we’re going to use all 3 fabrics. In fact, I’ll cut these 2 at the same time
to save us even more time. So 4-inch sections… And then we’ll cut that down the middle. And we’ll be on our way. Now of course we have a beautiful selection
of fabrics on our website, so if you don’t have a stash of fabrics or maybe you’re looking
for these specific fabrics, of course there’s always a nice assortment, but don’t feel like
that’s something you need to do. Probably if you have a stash of fabric you
have enough of a variety that you could build some of your own beautiful ornaments with
the fabrics you already have. So your next supply besides the fabric of
course, will be the Mod Podge. Now, I like to use the gloss. Mod Podge comes in a variety of lusters. Satin is one of them, so if you don’t want
any shine on your ornament, you would choose the satin. I like the glossy look, and so this is the
gloss. This is a plastic ornament. I’ve also seen these done with glass ornaments. Both work just as well. I chose the plastic so if I drop it it’s not
a big deal, but either works just as well. You do want some ribbon for your hanger of
your ornament. And on this particular ornament, because it
had more of a vintage look, I did something called “sugaring”. And all that is is actually using kind of
a chunky glitter and it gives it that kind of vintage sparkly look. And this is some glitter – I’ve had this for,
oh, I don’t know, 20 years. So you don’t need to go run out and get new
supplies. What you have will be probably way more than
sufficient. Now the other ornament, there’s no glitter
on that at all, and it’s just as beautiful. So that’s an option, glitter or no glitter. And then you’ll need a sponge brush, and that’ll
be for brushing on our Mod Podge. So let’s get going! This is so much fun. You do want a work are that can get a little
bit goopy, so I will bring in this whiteboard that I have. You may want to pour the Mod Podge into a
shallow bowl. I will just be using it straight from the
bottle today, but if you’re going to have this open for any amount of time, it’s probably
good to put that in a shallow bowl. Just as much you think that you’ll need, and
then put the top back on so it doesn’t start drying on you. So let’s get started. So you’ll dip in with your sponge brush. And we’ve mentioned that the strips of fabric
are 4 inches long, so you’re just going to brush on at least 4 inches any direction. We’re just going to start putting on our first
strip of fabric. And I’ll start with the polka dot. So I’m going to get that on. Then I’m going to go back over top of that
and I’m going to secure that. Now I know you’re probably thinking, oh my
gosh, that already looks terrible! The Mod Podge dries clear. Tell you what else we’re going to do right
now. We’re going to go ahead and take the top of
the ornament off. That’s going to work out way better for us. Let’s take that off and we’ll put that aside. We don’t want to get glue on that. Now you can just hold the ornament like this
or you can actually turn it upside down, put your finger inside, and work with the fabric
that way. It’s almost easier to work with it. And that way it keeps your hands away from
the Mod Podge too. So I’ve got this down
and I’m trying to smooth out any bubbles. You almost can’t put on too much Mod Podge. You don’t want it to be in puddles, but you
almost can’t put on too much at this point. Now the next piece – I’m going to have it
cross the first. I’m going to choose a different fabric. Maybe I like this one. So we’ll have it cross that, so it’s securing
the first piece. Put that on. Brushing it through. And this is how you will continue throughout
this entire ornament. You’re just going to keep laying strips on. Smoothing them out, criss-crossing them. So maybe the next one I want to come here. There’s no rhyme or reasons, so you just — you
can’t do it wrong! Isn’t that nice? There’s no wrong way to do this. So maybe I’ll do the Poinsettia fabric now. Okay. And of course, we’ll repeat that process. Now I will continue like this all the way
across the entire ornament, criss-crossing, until I cannot see any more of the clear ball
anymore. I should only see fabric. We’ll do one more strip together so I show
you how I close those areas that have — or cover those areas like that. And then I will be off-camera and I will put
the rest of the fabric on. Again, completely random! I’m just going to grab strips and put them
on. Okay, I’m going to cover that area. And I like, uh, maybe I’ll do this one again. See how I covered that spot up? Now I don’t have to go back in this area because
it’s been completely covered up. Okay, so I’ll brush on more Mod Podge, I will
do the same thing all the way around the rest of the ornament, and then I will show you
how we finish this project! Now that your ornament is completely coated
with fabric and smoothed down all the little edges, I like to put the ornament upside down
on a surface where I know it won’t be disturbed, and it’ll dry. And that typically takes – depending on how
think you put the Mod Podge down – typically takes a couple of hours. Then at that point, you want to come back
with the Mod Podge again and you can start building the luster by putting on additional
coats. Again, I would – assuming this is dry now,
fast-forward in time – I would put the back on my finger, get the brush back out, and
I would just brush the Mod Podge on again, set it down to dry, and I would do that multiple
times. Now if you do want to do what’s called the
“sugaring” with the glitter, what you would do is you don’t put that glitter on now. You would wait until you’ve put your very
last coat of Mod Podge on. The more coats you put on, the glossier it
will get if you’re buying the gloss version of the Mod Podge. On that very last application of the Mod Podge,
let’s pretend like we’re there at this point. You would take your glitter, and this one
has a little bit of holes in the top and then . you would just sprinkle this on. And of course you’re going to want to do that
when the Mod Podge is really wet. You’re going to sprinkle that on, and just
as before, turn it – that end up – to dry. Once it’s completely dry, you’ll put the top
back in and then you’ll find a pretty ribbon and you’ll just decide how long you want that
length to be. I like a pretty long one. And then you will slip that through the little
circle on the top of your ornament – such as this. Bring the ends together, tie a knot, like
that, and then of course your ornament will be completely finished. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on fabric-covered
ornaments!