DIY Fabric Covered Switchplates


Easy DIY Fabric Covered Switchplates and Outlet Covers

These switchplates were originally made to match these craft bar stools .  Instead of buying new switchplates and outlet covers, why not customize them in your fabric of choice? Use leftover fabric or fabric scraps to make these simple DIY fabric covered switchplates. This craft is fun to do with friends or family, or for craft night or even Girl Scouts. It’s so popular that this tutorial was featured in J14 Magazine! Let’s get started.

DIY Fabric Covered Swithplates

Consider these DIY Ideas:

  • Repurpose and upcycle an article of clothing to use for your fabric.
  • Use character themed fabric for play rooms or kid’s bedrooms.
  • Sports themed fabric can be used in a Man Cave.
  • Choose striped or nautical fabric for a lake or beach house.
  • Textured fabric can add style and elegance to a living room or dining room.
  • Colorful and vibrant colors and patterns are great for teen bedrooms.
  • Use pastels or repurpose a baby blanket or onesie for a nursery.
  • Use left over wall paper to cover switch places to match.

Here’s What You Need

Time: 20-30 Minutes (not including dry time)


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First, cut the fabric slightly larger (about 3/4 inch border) than the switchplate.  Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge on the front and sides of the plate. Place it upside down on the center of your fabric. Apply more Mod Podge to the ends and fold each side over using binder clips to hold down the fabric.

Note: If you do not have Mod Podge, mix a 50/50 solution of white glue and water.

Leaving the binder clips on and placing the plate face side down on a cutting mat, use a craft knife to cut out the center piece of fabric in each switchplate hole. Use more Mod Podge to smooth down the edges and trim any frayed pieces of fabric.  Use the tip of the craft knife to cut an X in the center of each screw hole.  Allow the plate to dry for about 15 minutes. Screw the switchplate over the outlet.

Tip: When looking for fabric, check the remnant section for discounted fabric.

Cleaning Fabric Covered Switchplates

To clean fabric covered switchplates, use an extension on your vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and debris. You can also use keyboard cleaner spray or a canned compressed air duster. If desired, simply wipe clean with a clean microfiber cloth.

In case you missed it, check out the matching barstools and this craft room makeover reveal.

Here is a photo of one on them on the wall.

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  1. HI!
    Do you seal this so it will be “washable” or dirt resistant? Love these and your stools!!

  2. They’re wonderful, but I’m disappointed that you did not include a photo of the switch plates in place on the wall.

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