Wax Fabric Tutorial

In my last post I mentioned I had a whole lot more to say about waxing fabric, so here we are today with a little tutorial on how to make your own waxed fabric.  I looked around and found a little bit of information, which gave me a great starting point.

Here are the supplies you need:

  • beeswax (I grabbed mine here)
  • paraffin wax (I found it in the grocery store next to the canning supplies)
  • double boiler
  • paper cup
  • heat gun or blow dryer

 

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I started with equal parts paraffin wax and beeswax (and just for reference, I used 3 oz. of each).  I placed these two waxes into a double boiler (in my case, a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water) and slowly melted the two waxes together.  Give it a stir.

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Grab an empty paper cup.

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Pour your wax mixture into the cup and let it dry.  (You can see my wax cracked while it was drying which was no big deal at all.)

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Peel away the top layer of the cup which will then give you some wax to work with.

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This next step, I tried a few tools.  I tried a blow dryer, the outside sunshine and my embossing heat gun.  Both the blow dryer and the heat gun worked great (sadly the sun wasn’t hot enough, which is crazy because it is summer in Florida right now).  Use your heating tool and warm up the fabric by passing your heating tool over it a couple times.  Now warm up your wax, until it is glistening on top.  Once your wax is shiny, rub it on the fabric.  Here are a few waxing tips for you:

  • Try your best to apply an even coat.
  • Work in small areas of your fabric.
  • This tip I found at Radiant Home Studio, but when you are applying the wax, one direction will cause the fabric to wrinkle.  Apply the wax in the direction that is easiest.

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Once you have your fabric waxed, run the heat gun (or blow dryer) over it again to let the wax soak into the fabric.  This step is fun, because the wax literally seeps into the fabric.  You can go back over your fabric a second (or third) time if you would like.  I found that I had a hard time getting a very even coat, and tried fixing my unevenness with my second and third coat.  My fabric ended up a bit splotchy, but I love the worn look it gives the fabric.

Wax Fabric Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Sewing with waxed fabric, I did most of my sewing before waxing the bag.  I didn’t want to gunk up my sewing machine.  That’s it!  Enjoy your water resistant fabric!

Caravan Tote :: Dandelion Drift

  • http://www.oonaballoona.com oonaballoona

    AWESOME.

  • http://onceuponasewingmachine.com Rachel

    What a cool technique!

  • http://www.truebias.com true bias

    this is so cool!

  • Nicole

    So firstly I LOVE your caravan tote. Best I Have seen. Can’t wait to make another now I’ve seen yours! So just clarifying, did you wax after the tote was finished being sewn

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