Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Revisited Wonderful Craft Tutorial

Hello Dear Ones!
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. 
Okay, here we go...

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. They look wonderful! I remember doing that years ago. Think the possibilites! beautiful!!

  2. Hi darling, these are just too cute for words. Like you I have tons of fabric, going to try this as soon as tax season is over...hugs ~lynne~

  3. How cute is that, Shelia! Hmmm...I'm picturing toile! Thanks for the tute! Happy Sunday!...hugs...Debbie

  4. Love it! Thank you for the idea! I have NOT MODGE PODGED "YET"!!! You made it look like SUCH FUN! What a wonderful idea to do with the grandkiddies for their Mom's for Mother's Day! I ALSO am wondering if they SELL those GLASS THINGIES we use on our counter tops as cutting boards in plain glass. I'm ALWAYS looking for ones that "GO WITH MY KITCHEN and MOTIF,hehe"...I have WOOD COUNTERS therefore I always leave lots of cutting board around. THIS WOULD BE FABULOUS to do for it!
    Thank you Shelia,
    Big Hugs to you,

  5. Wow! I'm loving these.. they look sooo dainty and springy, perfect for luncheon:)Love the yellow and pink rose one and the yellow with white daisies salad plate is so pretty, will look gorgeous in a table setting!Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Happy Sunday to you!Hugs, Poppy

  6. OMGosh those are just beautiful... the ideas are endless... not a good thing for us plate LOVERS. We'll need a twelve step program if we're not careful. hehehe
    Lovely inspiration... thanks for sharing.

  7. Fun idea Sheila! I just noticed some clear plates marked down at Walmart yesterday. I could see these for all of the different holidays:@)

  8. Those look so fresh and springy! I love them. Great fabric choices too. Why, they look professionally done too! Thanks for the tutorial too. (Dare I say, yours are even better than the magazine's?)

  9. I'm pinning this tutorial, the plates look amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Beautiful! They look wonderful! Great job! Joann

  11. I remember when the ladies in our morning out group used to make these plates. Yours are so pretty. I love your fabric choices! Hugs, Pamela

  12. I am so glad you posted this again! I love how they turned out and I think I will have to get the Mod Podge out again and play!

  13. Absolutely gorgeous! What a great idea to make yourself some new amazing plates! Mary

  14. Oh they look amazing! Really they are just so very pretty! Thanks so much for sharing.

  15. Yours turned out so beautifully! I actually have done this with both fabric and paper. I have a set I called fashion plates because I cut out all the images of fancy clothes and shoes from the Saks catalog! I have done some for gifts, too.

    I think pretty paper napkins work very well, too. I have also used mine, very carefully hand washing them.

    Really pretty combination of fabrics you chose, too.

  16. OMGoodness! You are amazing, Shelia, really amazing. That is such a great idea, you could do a whole set and it would look so great!
    I don't know why I didn't think of that when I was searching high and low for plates with turquoise on them. I will file that idea away and use it when I need it.
    Do you use them to eat off of? And is it possible to just simply wash the top off after each use?
    Hugs, Cindy

  17. Sheila, you are truly amazing. Those plates are just to pretty for words. I can feel your joy through the computer. I don't have a single clear plate but I think there might be few coming home with me soon...Like I need another project OR another dish. Oh well, I like making pretty :-)

    Blessings my friend,


  18. Shelia,
    Oh, dear friend, I, too have back issues of Romantic Homes magazine!!! Love how your plates turned out!!! What fun to create new and fresh patterns for our home decor!

  19. Just precious! I'll be on the lookout for clear plates very soon! Thanks for this fabulous idea!

  20. Love this beautiful ones!

    Big Hugs

  21. I have seen this done before and was surprised how pretty they are. You did a grand job, Miss Sheila.

  22. This is so amazing,never seen this done before,clever you Sheila. xx

  23. Gosh Shelia, I have never seen anything like this done before - amazing! And, very, very pretty!

  24. Very pretty project. They turned out beautiful. That could be addictive.

  25. Oh I want to try my hand at this!!!! How inspiring! Love it! And yes my sweet friend you are Amazing. Just adore you and your blog....Now, can I wash them after I use them or would that be a no no? Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  26. Hi Shelia,
    What a fun project..I think I might be making a few plates very soon.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  27. Wow those are so pretty. You did a wonderful job.

  28. That's a great way to repurpose those glass plates. I love how you can use different things to mod podge on them.

  29. Oh darlin', I haven't modge podged for years and now I have the uncanny urge to go grab up the Elmers and see what I can come up with!

    Marvelous, fabulous plate sweetie!

    God bless ya and have a glorious day my friend!!! :o)

  30. You ARE amazing! The plates are gorgeous. It seems a bit difficult for me, but if I read it over and over again, I might get it. What an inexpensive way to have beautiful plates.

  31. How lovely they are..I'm loving these plates lovely Shelia! Thank you so much for sharing gthe tutorial with us. I'm gonna try it! Have a lovely and blessed week.

  32. I came over from Imagimeri's. So glad i did! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Just beautiful!

  33. How beautiful Shelia! And I must say creative too. Who wouldn't fall in love with these beautiful plates.

  34. Yeppers, I still love these.♥ But, would they be so pretty if I tried?

    Please move and be my neighbor.

  35. Oh Sheila, my dear, these are scrumptious! LOVE them! I love the colours of the first plate. I have never actually done this myself although I have thought about it. You did a fabulous job. The smaller plates are just too cute! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.


  36. Oh dear Sheila,
    I am loving your DIY. I for sure make some of mine.

    I have 30 clear plates bought at IKEA last year. I use when I have parties. I don't like using paper plates, glasses or utensils. So, I purchased lots.

    TY for sharing your smart ideas. BTW, can we use this as a dinner plate and handwash it?

    Pls let me know and I will let you know the outcome of mine. But it will be on my summer break next month.

    Happy TTT,

  37. Wonderful idea! They are so pretty....and no one will have your dishes! I love that!
    Blessings My Friend,

  38. Hi Shelia!


    I guess I somehow missed this the first time around... But I am SO happy that I didn't this time!

    Your plates are so pretty and all coordinated. Yes... you are so creative! Won't you please share this at my party this week?

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

  39. Shelia, These plates are so pretty! The possibilities are endless. LOVE the yellows! I would love to see a table done in those... just for fun!

  40. Shelia, I did this craft years ago, but thank you for reminding me of it. Oh my goodness, but yours are to-die-for!! I can't wait to go get some clear plates. Woo-hoo!! I'm a sewer, too, therefore, I have lots of fabric, too. Thanks for the inspiration!! xoxo

  41. Oh I do love these plates!! Hugs,

  42. Shelia,
    Can I tell you how glad that I am that you posted this???
    I LOVE these plates and what a fabulous idea!
    I also love the post before this! So much eye candy!!

    I am playing catch up with visiting!


  43. Isn't it fun when something "old" becomes "new" again? Your plates turned out beautifully -- like how you combined the different fabrics. I would love it if you would consider linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy, a Sunday through Thursday link party for ideas that make life easier, better and more fun!

  44. Love the colors on the yellow ones, so cute!

  45. Dear Shelia, I think you ARE so creative!!! Beautiful plates!!
    I loved the patterns you chose!!!

  46. YOU are just a walking wonder to me! They are lovely!! What fun to do something like that. I usually don't do any crafts like I used to but this is almost too simple not to try. I think I will just stay on the lookout for the clear dishes..and try it one day soon. Your directions were great!
    Thanks so much Shelia! :)

  47. Lovely! OMG, I can't believe that's all you have to do! Now I need to start looking for clear plates...thanks for sharing this bit of info!

  48. Sheila those are gorgeous. These would be perfect for my magazine copy cat coming up. They are soooo happy!

  49. LOL- You ARE amazing! Love the fabric you picked. I remember paying more money then I should have buying such plates...but I love them- still!

  50. What fun! The possibilities are endless! Thank you for sharing this with us. It has been a while since I've been able to visit. Really glad to catch up again!

  51. Just as cute as can be and so easy. love the color choice. So springy and bright. Modge Podge is a great product. looks like you are having fun.

  52. Oh I absolutely love these plates, they are just the cutest things ever. Love the fabric you chose. Thanks tons for the tutorial. Thanks also for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  53. OOO, yes, Nanette...I DO remember this awesome post. These are sooo pretty and if my track meets, basketball games, cheerleading watching, yard work, house cleaning, cooking and napping ever slow down, I want to do these. Really, all kidding aside, I would love to do this project. Thanks for reposting.
    xo bj

  54. Totally sensational...just think how many wonderful ways this could be used. Thank you!

  55. Oh, Shelia, I'm lovin this! How clever you are. I think I may just have to make some of these. Like I need more dishes! Thanks for sharing this idea. Love your fabric choices. ~ Sarah

  56. This is a great posting I have read. I like your article. Thank you

  57. Lord have mercy, those plates turned out precious! I love 'em:)

  58. well you certainly have made "my wheels turn"...the ideas are endless. You had great fabrics that were perfect for this projects - great idea for Xmas cookie plates!!

  59. What a wonderful idea, Shelia! I love that magazine, but I've never had a subscription to it. And I've done a lot of stuff with plates, but I never thought of decoupaging fabric to the backside! Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the detailed tutorial.

    And thank you SO MUCH for joining Grace at Home!! I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get over here to visit your link--I was out of town this weekend and hardly looked at my computer. I really appreciate your joining my little party!

  60. I was late getting my post up this week at BeColorful but I wanted you to know that I featured you on this week's Motivated Monday

  61. Hi lovely lady.
    Wow these are scrumptious! LOVE them! I love the colours of the first plate with the roses. I have done them this way myself although mine did not come out like yours. your are fabulous!! I need to work on this one more time. The smaller plates are just too cute! Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful week.
    XXOO Diane

  62. Shelia,
    These are wonderful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  63. These are sooo pretty you did a fantastic job. I am wondering how do you get the fabric so perfect without any creases? Thanks again, Joy (Down Under) :):)

  64. I just love what you did with the plates. Your so creative. I did have a question though. It looked like you could eat off of it but can they be washed by hand or in dishwasher with out ruining them or getting sick from them?

  65. Loved your instructions and plates. Made 6 of them today, patiently waiting for them to dry, If they turn out will post a picture.


  67. Lindo seu trabalho. Parabéns


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