How to Make Fabric Wallpaper

How to Make Fabric Wallpaper


Hi, I’m Clara… and I’m Jen from Online Fabric Store. If you like the look of wallpaper but you’re renting or afraid of commitment, fabric wallpaper is the way to go. It’s easy to apply to the wall using liquid starch and it’s also easy to peel off when you’re ready to take it down. So let’s get started. The materials you’ll need are: drapery or quilting weight cotton fabric, I’m usin Waverly Santa Maria Adobe fabric, a paint tray, a paint roller, liquid starch, scissors or a rotary cutter and mat, a utility knife, and thumb tacks or tape. Clean the wall to ensure best adhesion. Fabric wallpaper works best on smooth or very lightly textured walls. Take off any electrical covers. Pre-wash the fabric to remove any finishes and to prevent the dye from bleeding onto the wall. Cut off the selvages, using a rotary cutter for the straightest edges. Cut the first piece of fabric several inches longer than the height of the wall. We suggest waiting to cut the rest of the pieces so you can match up the pattern later. Tack or tape the fabric where you want it, leaving a little extra at the top. We’re going to put molding over the top, but if you have existing molding, you’ll be cutting off the extra fabric at the end. Pour the liquid starch into the paint tray and saturate the roller. Starting at the top, roll the starch onto the wall. It really helps to have 2 people for this step. Smooth down the fabric as you go to remove any air bubbles. Next, roll the starch on top of the fabric so it’s saturated but not dripping. Take your next piece, line up the pattern, and tape or pin the top like before. The pieces should overlap slightly. Continue to apply to the wall until it’s covered. When the fabric is dry, use a utility knife to carefully cut off the extra fabric where it needs any moldings or baseboards. Touch up the edges with starch and a brush. Cut off any loose strings. If there are any electrical outlets, mark around the edges, cut out the piece, and put the cover back on. Add trim if needed. And that’s it, you now have a striking feature wall. If you’re moving or want to take the fabric wallpaper down, apply warm water with a sponge or spray bottle and peel off the fabric. Then clean the remaining starch from the wall. You can even throw the fabric in the wash and reuse it. Thanks for watching this OFS project.

45 thoughts on “How to Make Fabric Wallpaper

  1. Anyone please feel free to answer: does the fabric have to be cotton? There are some Ellie Cashman prints I'm dying to put up but she does mostly silk and sheer fabric. Will those work?

  2. Thank you for this tutorial!

    I want to do a wallpaper border (my apt did a hideous job on the dry wall so you can see the dry wall seam in the middle of the wall) and I was wondering if it would work using this method. My concern of course would be visible jagged edges since I wouldn’t have anything to hide them. Will the starch prevent the jagged edges? Or should I turn in the edges, iron flat, and then put it onto the wall?

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  4. This is just the information I was looking for! Clear, easy to follow and with information on how to remove it when you move or want a change. Thank you so much!

  5. i'm afraid i used to much starch in the water, any idea how to remove it/brush/wash it out from the fabric already on the wall?

  6. How are you? I have a question. I want to cover my walls and ceiling with a dark color fabric. Grey for walls and black for ceiling. When I go to hobby lobby or Johannes fabrics what exact do i look for? I tried looking up fabric wallpaper without any luck. This video was very informative. Your help would be very appreciative.

  7. great video but how does the starch stand up to heat? I live in Arizona and my MH can get hot I don't have central air conditioning?

  8. I love that fabric! It looks a lot like one I currently have in storage. Great taste and easy to follow instructions. Thank you for sharing!

  9. How heavy or thick does the fabric need to be? Can you use a graphic wall tapestry like this one? https://society6.com/product/mid-century-abstract-geometric-01_tapestry?sku=s6-8420444p42a55v413

  10. I used to do this many many years ago…
    … but I never thought of using a roller…
    Great idea!
    Thank you for sharing this great video.

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