Mod Podge fabric mirror: I totally forgot about this mirror. I picked it up from a charity shop last year for the bargain price of £3. I loved the shape of the mirror but not the dark frame.
It had sat in the back loft, unloved. When I stumbled upon it the other day, I was suddenly struck with inspiration. I wanted to give the mirror a decoupaged fabric makeover.
Create A Stunning Patchwork Mod Podge Fabric Mirror Frame
I have never shied away from color. My mother is always the most colorfully dressed woman in a room. Her home interior style reflected this. This love of color seems to have rubbed off on me. I particularly love the striking pinks, blues and greens favored by the interior design house Designers Guild.
For many years, a very good friend of mine was a textile designer for Designers Guild. She used to pass on lots of their fabulous fabric scraps to me for my crafting.
I dug out the bag of Designers Guild fabric scraps along with a few others, I’d collected over the years. I then sorted them into the colors I wanted to use for this Mod Podge fabric upcycle.
The fabric scraps were mainly from upholstery fabric. But you can use craft fabric scraps for patchwork. Upcycled fabric scraps from old clothes such as patterned blouses and shirts are also good for Mod Podge fabric decoupage.
This project is what I call a double upcycle. Not only is the mirror upcycled, but it is done by upcycling other materials such as fabric scraps. It featured in the A to Z of clever upcycling ideas.
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What you need
- Old mirror or any other frame you’d like to upcycle. The oval mirror I used is quite a common one. I picked it up at my local charity shop very cheaply.
- Fabric scraps – These can be upholstery, craft fabrics, or even cut up old shirts. You can easily buy bundles of scrap fabric online too.
- Fabric Mod Podge
- Rotary cutter and mat.
- Scrap paper, pen, and scissors.
- Velvet ribbon to match your fabric scraps.
- Sewing Pins
How to make a Mod Podge Fabric frame
1.. First, clean the mirror frame with soap and water and leave it to dry. Make sure that it is dust-free too. Cover the glass part of the mirror with newspaper and masking tape. This is to protect it from glue spills while Mod Podging the fabric to the frame.
Top Tip: If you are using thin craft fabrics, you may want to paint the frame white first. As the dark wood may show through with thinner cotton fabrics.
2. Once the mirror is prepared, gather together all the fabric scraps that you are going to use for the mirror upcycle.
The patchwork mirror frame had a color theme. I used just fabric scraps that were pink or red in color. I laid these pieces of fabric onto the mirror frame to see how they would look. Some I cut up into smaller pieces to fit in with the design. Only when I was happy with the design was I ready to Mod Podge the fabric.
3. To get a neat edge I cut my fabric pieces with a rotary cutter and mat.
4. I pasted both the wrong side of the fabric and the mirror frame with Mod Podge. Then I stuck the fabric to the frame, one piece at a time.
Make sure that the edge of the fabric just touches the mirror glass. Press the fabric pieces it into the groves of the mirror frame.
Don’t worry if there is a bit of overhang on the outside of the mirror, this can just be tucked under and glued to the base.
5. Next, if your mirror frame is curved like mine, you will need to create a pattern template for the curves.
To do this, first lay down a scrap piece of paper where the fabric is to be placed and then mark the shape with a pen. Then cut out this shape and used it as a template for the next piece of scrap fabric.
6. Carry on making paper patterns for the frame curves. Decoupaging fabric around the frame until it is all covered.
7. Next, when the whole frame is covered, turn over the mirror and stick down the excess fabric overlap.
8. Finally, remove the newspaper and neaten up the inside edge of the Mod Podge fabric. To do this, glue a velvet ribbon around the inside edge. Holding it in place with pins as the glue dries.
(By the way, that isn’t a crack in my mirror, it’s the reflection of my washing line.)
Upcycling Mirror Frames in Other Materials
I love how this mirror turned out and the colorful patchwork, but I also think it would look good in denim patchwork.
Wood can look great decoupaged with paper napkins. The best thing about napkins, they come in many amazing colors and designs. I’ve even decoupaged a whole wooden tabletop with paper napkins. This hangs on my wall, like a piece of art.
- Old wooden framed mirror, or picture frame.
- Colorful fabric scraps
- Fabric Mod Podge
- Velvet ribbon to match the fabric
- Paper for templates
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Glue brush
- Clean the mirror frame and ensure that it is dry and dust-free.
- Cover the glass with newspaper to protect it.
- Lay the fabric scraps onto the frame to sort out the design. Cut larger fabric pieces to size.
- Brush both the mirror frame and the wrong side of the fabric with Mod Podge.
- Stick the fabric to the frame one piece at a time on the straight sides. The fabric should be flush with the glass edge. However, it doesn't matter if it overlaps the outside edge of the frame.
- For the curves of the mirror frame, make a paper template. Lay the paper over the frame and draw the size of the pieces with a pencil. Use this template to cut the fabric to size before decoupaging it to the frame.
- Carry on until the whole mirror frame is decoupaged with fabric.
- Neaten up the edge where the fabric meets the glass by using the velvet ribbon. Glue the ribbon around the inside edge. Use pins to keep the ribbon in place while the glue dries.
- Turn over the mirror and glue any overlapping fabric to the back of the frame.
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