Asked on Nov 19, 2019

Can I put polyurethane over fabric for covering a sewing table?

Michelle JonesCynthia HKelli L. Milligan


Has anyone ever put polyurethane over fabric? I just designed and husband and I built window sewing table convertible to window bench and I would like the table top to be really durable and still match the surrounding decor. Planning to use white duck on kitchen cabinet tops that form end pieces so they could be covered with fabric as well. I suppose I could just test but I want to know how it stands up to sewing machines, scissors, pins and other crafting tools.Any ideas?

4 answers
  • Gk
    on Nov 19, 2019

    You can put poly over fabric to make it waterproof and repel stains. People who make their own floor mats protect them with poly. I think you could use a large rotary cutting mat under your sewing machine or do your craft work on that. Another idea might be a carpet protector that is normally used under a rolling desk chair on carpet. Both come in different sizes and prices. That would probably wear better for your sewing pins, scissors, and crafting tools and can easily be slipped into a closet while not in use.

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Nov 20, 2019

    Use a water based poly, if you use oil based on fabric that is not been primed with gesso, it will rot it.

  • Cynthia H
    on Nov 20, 2019

    I agree, I would use a water based poly. I have also used mod podge on fabric.

  • Michelle Jones
    on Nov 20, 2019

    Thank you all. Great suggestions! And thanks for the warning about gesso. I used it years ago...I'll have to go looking for the recipe again.

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