How to Make Fabric Wallpaper


Hi, I’m Clara… and I’m Jen from Online Fabric Store. If you like the look of wallpaper but you’re renting or afraid of commitment, fabric wallpaper is the way to go. It’s easy to apply to the wall using liquid starch and it’s also easy to peel off when you’re ready to take it down. So let’s get started. The materials you’ll need are: drapery or quilting weight cotton fabric, I’m usin Waverly Santa Maria Adobe fabric, a paint tray, a paint roller, liquid starch, scissors or a rotary cutter and mat, a utility knife, and thumb tacks or tape. Clean the wall to ensure best adhesion. Fabric wallpaper works best on smooth or very lightly textured walls. Take off any electrical covers. Pre-wash the fabric to remove any finishes and to prevent the dye from bleeding onto the wall. Cut off the selvages, using a rotary cutter for the straightest edges. Cut the first piece of fabric several inches longer than the height of the wall. We suggest waiting to cut the rest of the pieces so you can match up the pattern later. Tack or tape the fabric where you want it, leaving a little extra at the top. We’re going to put molding over the top, but if you have existing molding, you’ll be cutting off the extra fabric at the end. Pour the liquid starch into the paint tray and saturate the roller. Starting at the top, roll the starch onto the wall. It really helps to have 2 people for this step. Smooth down the fabric as you go to remove any air bubbles. Next, roll the starch on top of the fabric so it’s saturated but not dripping. Take your next piece, line up the pattern, and tape or pin the top like before. The pieces should overlap slightly. Continue to apply to the wall until it’s covered. When the fabric is dry, use a utility knife to carefully cut off the extra fabric where it needs any moldings or baseboards. Touch up the edges with starch and a brush. Cut off any loose strings. If there are any electrical outlets, mark around the edges, cut out the piece, and put the cover back on. Add trim if needed. And that’s it, you now have a striking feature wall. If you’re moving or want to take the fabric wallpaper down, apply warm water with a sponge or spray bottle and peel off the fabric. Then clean the remaining starch from the wall. You can even throw the fabric in the wash and reuse it. Thanks for watching this OFS project.