DIY Revamp: Print Bag

I read quite a number of DIY (do-it-yourself) blogs (my favorites are A Pair & A Spare, I Spy Diy, PS: I Made This, HonestlyWTF, Henry Happened to name a few), and I am always inspired to see what they come up with to DIY! Normally when I want to embark on a DIY project, most of the time I am hampered by items that I am not easy to locate in the Malaysian market. Most of the DIY blogs are American/European based and so are their products. Unfortunately Malaysia does not stock such items. Even if Malaysia does, the items are typically difficult to find and are expensive!

One of the ‘rare‘  items is “Mod Podge”. It acts as a glue, sealer and finisher. The reason why I find it cool is the sealing bit, in that whatever you wish to glue will ultimately look like it was part of the item! So I was pretty pleased when I found some Mod Podge whilst I was in Singapore on a weekend trip. I found it in the Spotlight store (the store is also found in Australia) which stocks a lot of DIY items.

I’ve been wanting to try Mod Podge to revamp a small sling bag made out of Vietnamese Pepsi tin cans which my cousin bought on one of her travels, to experiment fabric on an aluminium base, and I was quite pleased with the result! Read my tutorial on how to use fabric on an aluminium base using Mod Podge:

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

What you need:

  • A bag with a solid base
  • 1 meter of print fabric to your liking
  • Scissors
  • Fabric chalk/pencil/pen
  • Ruler
  • Sponge applicator
  • Mod podge (I used matte)

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #1:

Line the fabric along the front and back of the bag.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #2:

Turn the fabric inside out, and mark (using a ruler) where you would like to cut. Leave extra room, in case of errors.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #3:

Cut the fabric! As the bag I used had a magnetic closure, I cut a small hole to accommodate this.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #4:

Trim the edges, make sure the fabric fits nicely.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #5:

Now with your sponge applicator, dip it into the Mod Podge. Line the Mod Podge along the print bag where you want the fabric to be.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #5:

Once you’ve Mod Podged where the surface area, start smoothing the fabric over it slowly. Smooth it another time, to make sure there are no creases.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #6:

Let the bag dry! I just slung it over a chair as both the front and back has Mod Podge applied to it. After 30 minutes to an hour, apply a layer of Mod Podge on TOP of the fabric. This is to seal the fabric onto the bag. The colour of the fabric may darken slightly with this top coating. However, it helps with making sure the fabric is properly sealed in.

Trim any stray threads!

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Voila! A revamped bag – pretty sure noone will have the same Pepsi can bag as mine 😉


DIY Personalised Tea Light Holders

Who doesn’t love little tea lights? Better when it’s perfumed but best when the tea light is in a beautiful holder!

Hence, I decided to revamp my tea light holders using some printed cloth I purchased during one of my travels to Australia some time back.

It was a lot of fun using Mod Podge as a medium for the first time! It basically works as a glue, but also as a sealer as well so whatever you decide to mod podge onto the object looks like it was sealed onto it.What you need:
– Mod Podge (I used matte)
– Any fabric that you like
– Clear tea light holders
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Pen
– Brush or sponge applicator
– Newspaper so your floor doesn’t get messy!Step #1:

Measure the width and length of the tea lightholder by placing it sideways onto the back of the fabric.Step #2:

At the end of the tea light holder, mark where it ends. Do add a few cm of space for perfect adjustments later! Step 3:

Cut the fabric as you want the strips of cloth to be ready when you are applying the mod podge onto the sides of the tea light holder. Mod podge dries fairly quickly!

Step 4:

Using a brush or sponge, slowly dip into the mod podge. Run the sponge along the sides of the tea light holder. Make sure you have an even amount on it!

Step 5:

Slowly place the strip of cloth onto the sides of the tea light holder. Make sure to smoothen the cloth so that there are no creases.

Step 6:

Wait for it to dry for around 15-20 minutes. Then add a layer of mod podge onto the fabric to seal it in and give it a nice matte finish! Leave it to dry for another 15-20 minutes.Voila! Now you have personalised tea light holders!Light your (perfumed) tea lights and enjoy your personalised tea light holders! x