Homemade Fabric Stiffener

I used this recipe for a homemade fabric stiffener when I could not get my hands on a store bought one. It is a lot cheaper!

Homemade Fabric Stiffener

What you need

White Glue (dries clear)
Bowl (any will do)
Extra bottle


Place your white glue into the bowl.

Then add either equal amount or less water to your glue (this depends on how thick (stiff) you would like your stiffener to be.

Mix well and then place into the glue bottle and an extra bottle.

Store in a cool place.

Wash bowl and spoon with regular dish detergent.


  1. If we use this on fabric, can the fabric stay stiff enough to stay upright? I need a fabric stiffener for Halloween. I need to drape dolls with cloth and use fabric stiffener, after which we remove the dolls so they sit upright. So I will use it if it can.

  2. What is pva glue…thanks

  3. Can you sew the fabric once it’s stiff?

  4. caspin12 says:

    i did this to a number of different pieces of fabric, came out great, one piece in particular feels really stiff and im going to make a handbag from it. and some other bits im going to fold into fabric origami butterflys. thanks for the recipe. i used pva glue and water.

  5. its not reallt working for me… but im hoping itll get harder tmr but i have a feeling it wont. i used fox white adhesive glue and mixed it with water
    any advice

  6. If l want to stiffen jeans for a planter how much do l need, plus do l sock them in it…ty

  7. Works like a charm!

  8. Works best with NATURAL fabric fibers!

  9. I’ve worked with fabrics – with watered down glue I gave them a “paper”effect. Once dried, it is surprising how many washes the treated fabric survives (at least ten) until it starts loosing crispness.

  10. I have 7 meters of fabric that needs stiffening (like dressing). Would this work? Does the glue wash out when fabric is washed? Thanks for the tips.



  12. Thank you for such a helpful suggestion. It’ll save me $$$ too!

  13. I found this came out very runny…sorry…

  14. how does this stiffener work outdoors in the weather? That’s where I want to stiffen up a cloth project.

  15. amazing

  16. This will come in handy for gauze ghosts.Thanks!

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