Make Your Own: Fabric Stiffener

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You can buy fabric stiffener by the bottle at your local craft megastore… or you can make your own for almost nothing.

Let’s compare: 8 oz of store-bought fabric stiffener will run you around $12 (plus gas or bus fare and $63 in stuff that somehow always finds its way into your cart on your way to the till.) The same amount of homemade fabric stiffener can be whipped up in your kitchen for less than a nickel. Seriously! All you need is cornstarch and water, plus a jar, a saucepan and a whisk. Chances are, you already have all of that on hand.

Here’s how it’s done:

1. In a jar, combine 2 cups of cool water with 2 Tbsp |(heaping) corn starch.

2. Shake well, then transfer to a small saucepan.

3. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, stirring, until thickened and translucent.

4. Remove from heat. Whisk in 1/2 cup cool water.

5. Transfer back to jar and let cool before using.

Once it’s cool, you can use your Crafty Fabric Stiffener to make all sorts of fun things – just soak your item in the liquid, shake or wring off the excess, block/drape/shape it, and then let it dry on a protected surface.

Note: If you want your item to take on a 3d form, you’ll need to give it a little support! Click here to see how we made our Spooky Ghosts come to… uh… life.