How can I make fabric stiffener?

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How can I make fabric stiffener?
Crocheted decorations can be stiffened with homemade fabric stiffener. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Fabric stiffener, also referred to as fabric starch, is used in sewing and fabric crafts. By dipping the craft item in the fabric stiffener, it can be shaped or moulded. Craft and sewing stores sell commercial fabric stiffeners, but women have been making their own with simple household supplies for many years. Before mixing up a batch of homemade fabric stiffener, it's important to determine whether you need a permanent fabric stiffener or non-permanent. A non-permanent stiffener can be washed out if necessary and may have to be reapplied eventually, unlike its permanent counterpart.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cooking pot
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Wooden spoon
  • Plastic container
  • 1 cup white glue
  • Bowl

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    Non-permanent Fabric Stiffener

  1. 1

    Mix 1 1/2 cups of cold water with 1/4 cup of cornstarch in a cooking pot. Stir until mixture is smooth.

  2. 2

    Heat the mixture over medium heat. Stir the mixture and continue to heat until the solution becomes translucent and thickens slightly. Remove from the heat, and allow the mixture to cool completely before using.

    How can I make fabric stiffener?
    Mix the fabric stiffener with a wooden spoon. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Pour any unused fabric stiffener into a plastic container with a lid. Store the solution in the refrigerator for one week, if necessary.

    Permanent Fabric Stiffener

  1. 1

    Pour 1 cup white all-purpose glue or craft glue into a mixing bowl.

    How can I make fabric stiffener?
    Glue is an inexpensive simple foundation for homemade fabric stiffener. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  2. 2

    Add 1 cup of water to the glue in the mixing bowl.

  3. 3

    Stir the glue and water together until completely blended. Store the solution in the refrigerator between uses.

Tips and warnings

  • Dip your project in the homemade fabric stiffener to coat it thoroughly. Squeeze the excess liquid out of the craft without twisting or scrunching it. Shape the craft item and allow it to dry completely until it's hardened.
  • Commercial fabric stiffeners can be purchased at craft and sewing stores.

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