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How to Make a Fabric Stiffener From White Glue

By Christa Titus ; Updated June 27, 2018
Mix 1 part white glue with 3 parts water to make fabric stiffener.

Fabric stiffener is a craft tool that's used to strengthen such delicate materials as doilies and lace. To apply it, pour the stiffener in a plastic bag or bowl, dunk the fabric in the liquid, remove it and squeeze the fabric to wring out any excess paste. Instead of buying stiffener, make it yourself with white glue and water.

Measure one-third of a cup of white glue with a measuring cup and pour the glue into a medium-sized bowl.

Add one cup of water to the bowl.

Mix the glue and the water thoroughly with a spoon until it forms a paste. Use the fabric stiffener immediately.

Tip

If you prefer the stiffener to be thicker, add one or two more tablespoons of glue to the solution. If you want thinner stiffener, add one or two more tablespoons of water.

About the Author

Christa Titus is a dedicated journalism professional with over 10 years writing experience as a freelancer with a variety of publications that include "Billboard" and "Radio & Records." Her writing has also been syndicated to such media outlets as the "Washington Post," the "Seattle-Post Intelligencer," the Associated Press and Reuters. Titus earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rowan College.