How to make your own fabric hardener

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Fabric stiffener causes fabric to become rigid and hold its shape. Use fabric stiffener to harden crocheted or knitted ornaments or to temporarily stiffen fabric while you are working with it. Commercial fabric stiffener typically contains starch, but you can make your own stiffener at home using white craft glue. Making homemade stiffener is an easy, inexpensive project for the home crafter.

Combine 1 tablespoon of white glue with 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl.

Mix thoroughly with a fork.

Apply the stiffener to one side of the fabric using a paintbrush. The mixture is invisible when it dries, so the stiffer you want the fabric, the thicker you should paint on the coat of glue mixture. Arrange the fabric as you want it to be when dry; for instance, if you want lace to be perfectly flat, slightly crimped, or -- in the case of a Christmas ornament -- formed around a deflatable object (such as a balloon) until it dries to the desired shape.

Allow the fabric to dry thoroughly before handling. For added stiffening, paint the other side of the fabric; dry thoroughly.

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