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How to harden fabric without using comercial products?

I need to harden fabric for a costume. Do you know any common or at least natural things I could achieve that with?

Kiteman8 years ago
How hard do you want it? You could soak it in PVA glue or wallpaper adhesive, or even the same resins they use to make fibreglass.
Besides starch, there's sugar.

We used to harden crocheted items in crafts using that. We'd boil a pot of water and keep stirring white sugar into it until it wouldn't disolve anymore. Then we'd start dunking our crocheted parts into it, painting it on, etc..

More details can be found here:

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Crochet-3235/thread-stiff.htm
lemonie8 years ago
Good old-fashioned starch?

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