Fashion Plates

Design your own dishes using the art of decoupage.

Fashion PlatesPersonalize a plain glass plate with fabric using the decoupage technique. The possibilities are endless, and you’ll find yourself making trips to the crafts store throughout the year for holiday-themed patterns as well as designs that would make unique gifts for family, friends and, of course, yourself. You can even consider using vintage fabrics or textiles with sentimental value. The plates are as practical as they are pretty, since they may be used as serveware and then cleaned with a damp cloth.

What You’ll Need:

  • Clear glass plate
  • ¼ yard of lightweight cotton fabric
  • Foam brushes (two per plate)
  • Decoupage medium
  • Small mixing bowl (as a work stand)
  • Dropcloth or plastic tablecloth
  • Scissors
  • Marking pen
  • Small bottle of clear varnish
  • Sandpaper (fine- to medium grade)

What  You’ll Do:

Decorated Plate

1. Spread the fabric on a large, dropcloth-covered table, printed side up, and move the plate around on the fabric (plate bottom facing down) until it is positioned to show the area of design you want for your composition. Fabric should be lightweight cotton, free of embellishments, for optimum adherence. One-quarter of a yard should be enough for most plate sizes.

2. With the plate in position, draw a circle extending approximately 1½ inches beyond the circumference of the plate for
allowance (no need for exact measuring). Once you have the outline drawn, remove the plate and cut the fabric on that line.

3. Clear away the fabric remnants and place your cutout, printed side up, on the dropcloth. Using a foam brush, coat the decoupage medium (I have found the matte version of Mod Podge works best) generously—and swiftly—over the printed side of the cutout. Take the plate, bottom down, and place firmly on the area of the fabric you want to show through, and press some of the glued fabric on the sides so it adheres to the plate. Quickly turn the plate over and prop it on the mixing bowl with the 1½ inches of extra fabric hanging over the sides. Apply the decoupage medium liberally over the entire unprinted side of the fabric. Press down firmly with your thumbs beginning in the middle of the plate, working out to the rims, to push out air bubbles and creases. Repeat this process all around the plate until the fabric is smooth to the touch.

4. Let dry on mixing bowl overnight.

Beautiful fabric

5. In the morning, your fabric should be dry and stiff, making it easy to now cut away the 1½ inches of fabric hanging over the rim. Using fine- to medium-grade sandpaper, gently smooth the fabric on the plate, then brush away the dust with a clean cloth.

6. With a clean foam brush, apply a clear coat of varnish to the entire bottom of the plate. Let dry 10 to 15 minutes. Check the front of the plate for any dried glue, and wipe the spots off using a damp cloth.

By Meryl Schoenbaum
Photography by Jaimee Itagaki
Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel

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