Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Debbiedoo's Copycat Party

Hello Dear Ones,
I'm so thrilled to be joining Debbie at Debbiedoo's for her Copy Cat Party.
If you visit me much you're going to remember this from last week!
But it fits for the party so here goes...

I wanted to repost a craft I did a few years ago.
So many of us love our dishes and I just know you're going to love this.
Even though this issue of Romantic Home is no longer around, 
I still think you can go to town with my tutorial if you want to do it. 

I just love this magazine and drool over every page, don't you? 

While flipping through the articles I saw this...Fashion Plates! 
Plates? Did I just read the word PLATES? Well, Dear Ones,
I was going to have to look more closely at this little article.
I was seeing the most gorgeous plate I'd ever seen?
I even dogeared the page so I would make sure I could find it again. I was so excited!!

Look at these! Aren't they so pretty?
Well, let me tell you, I was about to put on my craftiness. 
These plates are just clear glass plates that have been decoupaged with fabric on the back! 
Woo Hooness
I was about to go to town making fashion plates! :)

Popped in to WalMart and bought a set of these clear dishes for around $15! 
Do I need more plates? No! 
Then why am I about to decoupage these plates? 
Because I'm a Dishaholic and cannot help myself! :)

This is all you need to get started.
A clear plate, fabric, Mod Podge, Varnish and little spongy applicators.

Now I sew, so I have lots of fabric. But I needed to decide which pattern I would use.

Okay, I picked this pretty flowery fabric.
Let's get started:
You just set the plate down, right side up, on top of the fabric with the right side of the fabric facing up and draw around it adding about 1 1/2 - 2 ". I probably added more since this was my first time.

By the way, I'm using a large clear platter I already had for this Fashion Plate.

Oh, this was so much fun. I felt like a little kid playing in the glue. You just take the little sponge brush and start applying the decoupage glue. The instructions said to apply it liberally. I think I got a little too liberal with it. :) Then you place the plate, bum side down, on top of the glue smeared fabric. Flip the plate with the glued fabric over and place it food side down on a mixing bowl or something. I used an upside down plastic margarine tub and it worked very well. Now you just continue slapping on the glue to the wrong side of the fabric until you've covered the entire bottom of the plate. Here's the fun part - you use your dainty creamy fingers and starting in the middle of the plate's bottom, rub your fingers across the plate all the way to the end of the fabric. You're getting out the air bubbles and smoothing out the fabric. You do this over the entire plate's bum until you're fabric is looking smooth as a baby's bottom and you don't see any more air bubbles. I did pretty well, but by putting on so much glue there were places that lumped up a bit.
 But it turned out pretty good for my first time.

Let your glued up plate rest and dry over night. The next day carefully cut away the excess fabric from your plate round the rim.
Like I said, I haven't put the varnish on the back, but I'm sure this would seal any loose edges of the fabric!

Lookee!! Isn't it beautiful! I just love it! You're supposed to paint on the liquid varnish to the backside of the plate. Well, I haven't done that yet! But you can actually use this platter, just wipe off the surface. You surely wouldn't put it into your sudsy sink or your dishwasher. 

No no Nannette!

Forgive me, you can see the plastic tablecloth I used! I had to protect my work table!! :)

Now I'm on to the four dinner plates and the salad plates. Again it was hard choosing the right fabric - but I'm thinking 'spring' so I went with this sweet little yellow rosey print!

Isn't it just the sweetest dinner plate you've ever seen? 
By this time, honey, I was getting really good at this! I'm so creative! :)

Now I was on a roll...time to play in the glue and fashion my little salad plates! 
Ta Dah!!

Oh, be still my heart! Is this not the cutest little plate you've ever seen? You can even see my crocheted runner through it. This little plate is so very light and fluffy!! :)

See how they look together? Oh, I am truly loving this! I've made Fashion Plates and you can to!!

I am just so amazing, don't you think? :) You know I'm kidding! 
This was so much fun and I'm sure I'm going to do it again.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my revisited tutorial.
If you make a dish or two like this, please let me know! :)

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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

The Great Pretender

Oh yes, I'm the great pretender
Pretending that I'm doing well
My need is such; I pretend too much
I'm lonely but no one can tell.

Oh yes, I'm the great pretender
A drift in a world of my own
I play the game; but to my real shame
You've let me to dream all alone.

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal.

Oh yes I'm the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I'm not; you see
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around.

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal

Yes I'm the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I'm not you see
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around
~ sung by The Platters


  1. You are amazing Shelia, those turned out BEAUTIFUL!! So pretty!!

  2. Cool beans Shelia. I love the fabrics you used.

  3. Love these Sheila! And when you get bored I imagine the stuff will peel of and you can start again! Mod Podge can do that I think!

  4. Oh, I love your plates! I want to copy cat you! Thanks for the inspiration!


  5. Oh, I love your plates! I want to copy cat you! Thanks for the inspiration!


  6. Sheila,
    Your plates are beautiful I love the yellow print for the larger plates and it looks so nice with a different pattern for the salad plate
    Thanks for sharing!!

    Suzann ~xoxo~

  7. They are perfect for a spring luncheon! (I keep my magazines forever, too.)

  8. I LOVED this project Miss is one of my favs you have done. Thanks so much for joining in on the fun!

  9. Shelia!!!!!!!!!!! I love these! Your plates are so pretty. SUPER COPYCAT!!!!!


  10. very cute and fun idea! I have lots of plain plates that are getting a dull finish, this would brighten them up!

  11. I have seen this done but never tried it. They are so lovely. One could creat their own china pattern at any time one wishes.
    Thanks for reprising this tutorial.
    Blessings, Ginger

  12. Yes! You are amazing, Shelia!
    These look professional.

    I would like to order a stack of them myself, ok!???


  13. These look great! The possibilities are endless.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Sheila, this has to be one of the best projects I have seen in a while!
    It is gorgeous! You did a great job!

  15. You know I love this idea Shelia.

    Fabulous copycat!

  16. Oh Shelia, I love it! You have appealed to my little dish-loving heart! Your plates are beautiful. The fabric you chose is wonderful. Thanks for sharing this, I HAVE to try it!

  17. Oh Sheila, I LOVE this copy cat! Your plates are gorgeous!!! Enjoy your day, Gail

  18. Those are truly the most adorable plates I have ever seen. I am thinking that I need to find really big ones that I can use for platters or to go under my dishes on the table. I'm so glad you reposted this one.
    Hugs, Cindy

  19. Hi, Ms. Shelia. I found you at Ms. Cindy's blog and headed over to check out your plates....they are lovely! Great job!!! If you get a chance, visit me at Jeremiah 29:11, where I blog for God!!! HOPE you have a great day!!!

  20. Wow! Those plates are gorgeous! A perfect way to get just what you want as far as pattern is concerned. Loved this idea.

  21. I remember how much I loved this post and how I went right out and made some too!
    I think your's are prettier though!

  22. I don't remember ever seeing this post before but I am Copy Catting it. The fabrics are lovely and fit with my English Cottage Style.
    Thanks for this post.


  23. WOW !!!!!!!!!!! they turned out fabulous.
    I wonder if I dare try it.......I am a craft disaster waiting to happen.

  24. Hello Sheila,

    Love your new plates! They actually look "real"...and good to eat on!


  25. Very clever, Shelia! I love this idea! I love that green floral you used on your first plate. Lovely copy cat project!

  26. Wowsie Dowsie what a cool plate project!! I love crafty ideas...I need them cause I don't think of them myself!

    Thanks they turned out very lovely!

  27. Your kitchen touches of change are just lovely, Shelia. And these plates are fabulous. How clever you are.
    Have a beautiful weekend ~
    TTFN ~

  28. I had forgotten all about the great idea Sheila! One Christmas I decoupaged plates and gave them as presents with goodies.

    Your fabric choices are just perfect!!

    bee blessed

  29. My darling Shelia, yours is the best copy cat ever!! I adore this plates and thank you for sharing the how to with us. I would love to try it! Have a lovely weekend. Hugs,

  30. Your plates turned out beautiful! What a wonderful idea. Where do they come up with these things?!

  31. I remember this, Shelia and I was in full admiration then, and I still am...Christine

  32. Hey left that little comment on the song I GO BACK.
    I thought I had only saved that as a is part of my NEXT post. Hopefully will be completed today.
    Gosh, I don't know why I can't get my "technology" skills under control. (tee,hee)

  33. Hi Sheila! Your plates came out great! So pretty.

  34. Hi Shelia,
    Your plates look beautiful! I wish I had read this before I left a stack of clear glass plates behind at the thrift store today.

    Enjoy your weekend,

  35. Wow Sheila, how creative. I love the fabrics you used.

    Jocelyn @

  36. Hey miss Sheila, I love these dishes. YOu did such a great job with them. I love decoupaging and I have not tried plates before...beautiful.

  37. A big big WOWWWWWWWW what a creativity it is Shelia.... You can make matching to your mood. hmm M going for some soon... Thank you so much my dear for the inspiration... I am going to pin it my dear...
    Hope you will enjoy a visit to taste the delicious chilled summer dessert @
    With love

  38. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    Those plates are beautiful. I love that whole idea and I believe I saw it when you posted it last time. I guess I had forgotten you did so many different "patterns". Aren't they fun as well. Your tutorial was great.

    I love that magazine also.

    btw - I got the cannisters from my youngest son Richard. They are sweet I thought.

    enjoy the weekend.


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