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Make Cute Holiday Fabric Plates Using Mod Podge!

Make Cute Holiday Fabric Plates Using Mod Podge!

Hi Itís Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt
Company. That season of giving is upon us again, and itís almost Christmas time, and
we need some quick, fun, fast gifts. Well I have something really fun to show you, really
a great idea. This is a little plate that we picked up at Walmart, these clear glass
plates like this, and we Mod Podged the fabric on the back of them to make a darling cookie
plate. This is Kate Spainís Fa La La Fabric. Itís just adorable. They make such quick
fun gifts, and weíre going to show you just how to do that. The first thing youíre going to want to do
is protect your area because mod podge can be a little messy, so weíve got a little
piece of paper here. Weíve got a bottle of mod podge, you can get this anywhere, your
local craft stores or hobby lobby stores. Actually, you can get these clear plates at
any of those too. So check for the clear plates and the mod podge, and weíve got one sponge
brush that weíre going to use, and Iím going to show you how easily this is done. If youíre
going to do a few of these, you might want to pour this into a bowl, or if it gets too
low down, but Iím just going to reach into the jar and do this. The other thing is, when you choose your fabric,
if you choose a nice, all over pattern, you can see I have a couple here to show you,
you know it really doesnít matter where you place the fabric on there, but weíre going
to use on this plate weíre going to use this nice little Nancy Hoberson fabric that has
a Santa in it, and weíre going to kind of want to center him up in the middle there,
and so weíre just going to lay him on there and see how that looks and see if thatís
the way we like it, and then what weíre going to do it weíre going to turn our plate over,
hold our hand underneath, and weíre just going to start mod podging this, so weíre
just going to brush this on here like this. Just cover the whole thing with a good layer;
make sure you get the edges well, not on the other side but just on the top side here.
Just cover this whole thing. Itís so cute. You know you always need a plate of cookies
for somebody, and when you can make it fit their personality like this, you could do
anything on this from cute argyle fabric, thereís just all kinds of fabric. Now, weíre going to lay this on here and
weíre going to center this over the middle of this plate. Then weíre just going to begin
to rub on it and really rub it and make sure that there are no bubbles or anything in it.
Weíre going to rub it down and stick it to that glue really good. Then weíre going to
press it around the edge so that it just sticks on there. There we go. We just want to make
sure that thatís really smooth. Then weíre going to flip it over, and weíre going to
take a look at it. Now, you can see where there are some little
white places on here where the glue is, you just want to rub those in so those just kind
of melt away. Make sure that your edgesÖsee, we have a little extra glue up on here, we
just want to wipe that off a little bit because we donít want it up on the front, we just
want it around the edge. And then youíre going to look and see if thereís any place
on here that really is hanging off the edge, and if youíre ok, hereís a little bit, so
weíre gonna just take this brush and weíre just gonna tuck it in right here, put a little
bit of glue in there, because you want the fabric to come clear out to the edge, and
then weíre just going to let it sit probably for about a minute or so, not very long. Let
the glue kind of get set on there. There we go. And then weíre going to take our scissors
after itís set up pretty good and weíre just going to trim along this edge. I like
to tilt my scissors just a hair so that we trim right at the bottom of the plate, right
underneath the lip of that edge, weíre just trying to trim. There we go. And you can see
how this is going to look. Who wouldnít want to get cookies on this for Christmastime? Now youíre just going to want to flip this
over, make sure everything is nice and smooth, and then weíre going to put one more coat
of mod podge on there. Just really glue that baby down there. You want to make sure if
you use your good scissors on this that you rinse them off after youíre done. There we
go. And then youíre just going to lay them on your paper and let this dry for a few hours
and it really will be ready before you know it. Weíve also done one here with birthday
fabric. How fun would that be. You have to remember with these plates is that you cannot
wash them in the dishwasher, theyíre not washable, but you can wash off the top, the
top is just the glass part, you can wash and clean that, you just donít want to immerse
it or put it in. One more thing I wanted to show you thatís
really fun to showcase a line of fabric. You know itís really fun to have that cute plate
on your shelf that has the fabric that you love, and so I wanted to show you how to do
that, and right now monograms are really big, so what Iíve done is Iíve traced the letter
E on here for my little granddaughter Ella, and see itís got this iron on here. You always
iron the bumpy side, youíll see the bumpy side on the bottom. You iron that down and
you trace your letter backwards, so that when you put it on the fabric, you iron it on,
itíll come out right. So weíre going to go ahead and cut this out. These are so popular
right now, and I love that you can whatever designer you love, you could have a plate
with their fabric on it, put it up on your shelf, your mantel, it would be so cute. There
we go. Weíre going to head over to the ironing board and weíre going to press this on. Ok, so here we are at the ironing board, and
we are pealing this off, and you can see this side of the letter has the iron on stuff on
it, this side is good, so we place that down, and weíre going to place it kind of in the
middle of our fabric because remember we want it to be in the middle of our plate. This
is that darling new bunny hill Lillian Will fabric, and we just are going to press that
down, and itíll just stick on there. Everythingís done with the right side, and weíre going
to set this E right in the center of the plate. So letís go put that on our plate. So we have our E here. Itís going to fit
right in the middle of our plate, right here, and we are going to go ahead and weíre going
to mod podge this plate. Youíll have something beautiful to put on your mantel. Some of the
fabric is so gorgeous that you just kind of want to highlight it sometimes, and this is
a great way to do that. If you know somebody whoís a fan of a certain fabric line, they
love this as a gift, and because itís a show piece, you know, you donít have to worry
about it too much. Alright, weíve got all of our glue on there, itís nice and smooth.
And then weíre going to put this E in the center here. Weíre going to turn it over
and look at it. See there it is, right in the middle. Then weíre just going to smooth
this out, press it toward the edges. Here we go. If you get a little rumple in it, just
push it down, it just smooths out so nice and easily. Then weíre going to flip this
up, check our edges, make sure we are tight up on our edges. Then weíre just going to
trim this off. Look how fun this is. This is so cute. There we go, weíre just going
to mod podge over the back of it, let it dry, and it will be done. But how fun would this
be, to get cookies on a plate that was designed for you. Say you have a math teacher, you
could do one with numbers. We also found these adorable square plates like this. They are
just the same thing. It is so sinchy and so fast, weíll just do another one real quick
to show you how that works. So weíre coming around this edge, weíre covering it with
this mod podje, I mean youíre going to get excited about these, I mean even the mailman
is going to get some cookies, the scoutmaster, everybodyís going to get some cookies because
you can get all of the fabrics to go with whatever they do. Itíll just be really fun
for you. Here we have this beautifulÖremember now, you put your fabric on with the print
side down so that it just goes right on there, and we just press it, press it. Wonít this
black be pretty, food looks so pretty on black plates, it just really sets it off. Touch
it all around the edges, smooth it. There we go, flip it over, I still have some glue
spots, Iím going to want to rub those out a little better. With the square ones, you
just have to watch right around the edges here where it curves, you just want to make
sure that itís really down there nice and tight. And again weíre going to take this,
and weíre just going to trim it off. You can do this with scraps of fabric. We
all have loads of little pieces left over. Just make sure you find one to fit your plates.
If you donít want to make that many cookies, you can get a smaller plate. Itís whatever
youíd like to do. This is a great, quick Christmas gift; teachers, everybody would
love to get a plate like this. You donít even need to put cookies on them because the
plates are so beautiful. Alright, here we go with this one. Put our scraps over there.
Weíre going to flip it over, put one more coat on. Put another coat on here, get all
the way out to the edges. If you find you have any little sharp edges on it when you
finish up, you can just trim those off. You can also wash these little sponge brushes
out. Theyíll wash out pretty quick if you want to use them again, otherwise, theyíre
a good throwaway. And there you go, weíve got 2 Christmas gifts
look at this one. 2 Christmas gifts quick in one tutorial. We hope you have a wonderful
Holiday and can make some of these gifts for those people that you love, and we hope you
enjoyed this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Reader Comments

  1. I just made four of these plates.   What a great , fast, and easy project!!  Can these  be washed,   or just wash the top?

  2. I loved this video. I actually had a tee shirt that was too small for me but I loved the saying on it (Made In 1963 Aged to Perfection) so I cut out the saying and followed your directions and OMG it came out AWESOME!!!. You jut created a crafter Thank You!!

  3. Thank you for this video. Gladly I look at your videos and have quite a bit over at Patchwork ideas and sewed along. Thanks for all of the instructions.

    Marita from Germany

  4. Jenny what a great video! It combines two of my favorite things fabric and mod podge! I would love to see other crafty videos like this one! 

  5. I noticed you used the regular Mod Podge and not the Mod Podge for Fabric.  Does one work better than the other?

  6. Love this tutorial because it is so easy, and a fabulous way to showcase the beautiful Christmas fabrics that I collect every year! My son and daughter (ages 8 and 9 the first time we made them) were able to do most of this entire craft themselves, and they were so proud to give to their teachers and bus drivers something they made. Now ages 11 and 12, we have made these every year for the last 3 years!

  7. Thank you for posting this video. We would have never thought about doing fabric! Awesome video.

  8. Mod Lodge makes a Dishwasher safe formula. Only set back is that the plates can only be washed on the top rack but can be hand washed.

  9. So pretty!!!! What kind of scissors are you using! They look perfect for cutting the edges! Love the monogram plate!

  10. How adorable. Totally love this awesome idea. Just perfect for a birthday gift. Can I use glue instead of mod podge?

  11. Hello Jenny!! You are SO incredibly talented and I am just learning!! You're a very good teacher!! Thanks for all of your tips. I have one question…You say the tops of these plates can be washed but not the bottom. Well, I know a few people who would drop this plate into a puddle of soda and it would NEED to be washed. So if I put a few coats of triple thick onto the bottom of the plate, would it water proof it enough to be able to wipe it down? Please tell me yes. LOL

  12. You make this project look so easy! Have never tried this, but you have inspired me to do so…..Thank You! These plates are really pretty……GREAT idea!!

  13. I used the gloss and it shows! ALL of the streaks. I am doing Christmas fabrics so it kind of glitters but not my best work! I think the matte might be better suited. And the backs of mine are rough. I thought about backing with a sealant or even packing tape, but I think I will leave as is. I did have a really bad looking one and I just got it wet, peeled off the fabric and re washed the plate. Tossed the fabric. These are gifts for coworkers (loading up with cookies) so I might tell them if they want they can turn them in next year for any other holidays. I will soak the Christmas off and put on fabric for current holiday. But what a cute, easy thoughtful gift! Thanks MSQC!

  14. Mod Pdge now makes a version for this very thing that can go through the dishwasher on the top shelf. If a small plate can go through the dishwasher I would think the bottom could be washed off too. I wouldn't think you should leave it submerged in dishwater, but a quick dunk just long enough to wash it should be okay. A video I saw on another channel showed a piece that had been through the dishwasher and it came out just fine. The surface didn't get tacky either.

  15. This is a great idea- I cant wait to try it..BUT is Mod Podge sponsoring all these craft videos I see? what's wrong with plain white glue/PVA? its just the same but a lot cheaper!

  16. Could you paint on clear resin on the bottom of the plates after they are dry? That would seal the edges fully and give it a waterproof finish and allow it to be washed at least by hand, shouldn't it? Does anyone know?

  17. Since this video came out, Mod Podge has come out with a dishwasher safe version. The instructions for using this product are similar to what is shown here, but curing time is much longer. Also note, the object is only good for the top rack of the dishwasher only.

  18. Jenny your a great instructor and presenter, your so natural and conversational, yet you stayed on track and never missed a beat, It was so enjoyable watching and learning during your tutorial and the plates are really wonderful and so cute. You gained a new subscriber. Thank you for the tutorial Hope you have a great day Jenny. 0;) B

  19. Good video just a shame about the constant upsell of mod podge. Which, is a over priced PVA glue with added water. Save yourself HEEPS of money buy a large cheap pot of PVA glue and just pop what you need on a plate or pallet and mix with some tap water I have used it for years and it has never failed me

  20. This would be a great idea to pair a set of these plates with a table runner you sew with the same fabric and matching patterns like you’d get on a set of precuts. What an awesome table decoration that would be to start with, the add candles, etc.

  21. What a great idea! The ladies of my church have a "cookie exchange" at Christmas time. I think I will make plates for everyone to take their cookies home on. Thank you for sharing with us.

  22. Hi Jenny. I am watching ur video and in 3 weeks it will be Halloween. I made a plate with some zombie material on it. I forgot how much fun this project was. thanks for showing it.

  23. Several hints for you all. Dollar Tree has clear plates, also you need petroleum jelly (Vaseline) for your Mod Podge around the edges the threads of your MP jar so that it does not glue the lid down (I use it for all my glues and that E6000), also I use wax paper with glues and paints. All of these can be bought at the Dollar Tree. Now we have dishwasher safe Mod Podge, but I see this video was made in 2010, so don't think it was around then. My sewing sheers for fabrics will not come near this type of stuff, I have craft scissors just for this. Loved this idea a lot, so darn cute!

  24. I LOVE YOUR TALENT you have wonderful instructions and I love your voice you are so upbeat I can't wait to go try some of these

  25. Love the ideas. Question …what did you use to place the letter on? You just show we can iron it on….peel off the paper…but wonder what you used for the letter E? Thank you!

  26. Very nice plate and fun to watch!!Years ago I made a plate by putting my sons military picture on fabric, and then transferred it to a clear plate just as you are doing. That was over twenty years ago and I still have that plate and it looks as good as the day I made it. FYI, keep your keepsake plate out of direct sun or it will fade.

  27. Fabulous video to watch, quick and easy and great for the children to help with and great for presents from the children to older family members. Thank you for sharing, you made it simple to follow xxxxxx

  28. Cute idea but I think it be best for vases clear ornaments etc I really wouldn’t do it on a plate if you have kids with a hand full of jelly peanut butter where you would have to immerse the plate in water to get those kind stubborn stains off

  29. I've been doing this for years but NEVER thought of putting a monogram on a dish… DUH! Thank you so much for sharing…. 9 years ago! 🙂 It's still so much fun to do these types of gifts.

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