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Easiest Way to Starch Fabrics for Crafting and Sewing


One of my favorite wreaths is the burlap flower wreath that I make which takes a lot of time in the prep work to get the material ready to be shaped into the wreath.  I have tried a few different methods to starch my material and have found that this is the easiest way to starch fabrics for crafting and sewing.  Be sure to read to the end for the best tip of all on how to apply it that saves your wrist!

Now I live in the Poconos so most of the year I cannot hang my material outside on the line to starch or treat, but if I can I prefer it.  I do have a line in the basement but the breeze is the perfect addition to this method.  After measuring out the material I need I place it on the line horizontally divided in half.  This helps at the end for cutting for me but depending upon the project you may want to put yours on differently.

Yes, you read it right.  I cut it into strips right on the line at then end once it is dry.


There are two different stiffeners I use that truly work the best.  There are a lot of choices on the market, but you want to choose something that uses the least amount to product with the best hold.  I’ve tried so many over different projects and these two are now the only two I use.

The main one I use is Sta Flo which you can check out on Amazon here –

It is a concentrated liquid starch that is the best product I have found.  I use it as is and never water it down.  If you are lucky and have a very large Walmart, you can on occasion find it there.  Most of the time I order it from Amazon because it is always available and with Prime you can have it in 2 days. Sta Flo lasts, but is water soluble and can be washed out if desired. For more permanence and water resistance use a clear matte acrylic spray finish on finished art.

  • Contains no dyes
  • Versatile, can be used for many different crafts and activities
  • Strengthens many art projects
  • Made in the USA
  • 64 oz of concentrated liquid starch

The other one I use is Terial Magic which you can check out here on Amazon –

It is a fabric stabilizer.  It allows you to play with single ply fabric in a whole new way. Terial Magic lasts, but is water soluble and can be washed out if desired. For more permanence and water resistance use a clear matte acrylic spray finish on finished art.

  • Replaces traditional stabilizers for machine embroidery, electronic cutting, and inkjet printing
  • Fray free stabilizer for starch and press applique, raw edge applique, knife edge creases, and reverse applique
  • Great for 3D fabric flowers, 3D fabric/fiber art, fabric scrapbooking, and fabric origami
  • Available in 16oz, 32oz, and 1 gallon sizes
  • Made in the USA with natural ingredients

Application Tool

Are you ready for the best tip of all???  So both of these are liquid and previously I would buy an empty spray bottle from the Dollar Tree and stand there and squirt it on my fabric.  That can really tire your hand and hurt your wrist and human error can even cause you to miss a spot.  Actually, it caused me to try buying the push button spray cans and try to make them work with several coats lol but they are not concentrated like Sta Flo and the material did not hold up.  You see I want depth and hold to make the fabric flower look like a flower and not a flat wreath.

The idea hit me this Spring when I was battling ants!  It was a very rainy Spring and while I typically use Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade which is safe and non toxic but kills bugs, but the heavy rains kept washing it away.  So I bought Seven and got a sprayer and then used the sprayer for my starch hahaha  – I got so excited at my idea I had to try it!

This little Solo one handed pressure sprayer has been a lifesaver or should I say a wrist and hand saver.  I got it on Amazon and you can check it out here –

  • Multi-directional nozzle allows spraying from all positions
  • Unique drift/drip guard provides added control for spot treatment
  • Locking trigger reduces user fatigue
  • Pressure relief valve releases excess pressure

What is the best about this is it is consistent.  The application of the starch or stabilizer is steady, light, and the coverage is awesome.  It is also focused with the drift guard.  I can spray in half the time or even less and my hand does not hurt at all.