‘Tis the season for picnics, parties and meals outside — also known as every foodie bug’s dream! Keep your treats safe while you gather on the deck by using a set of homemade fabric food toppers. The fabric toppers keep your food safe from critters, and they are so easy to make. Whip up a large set to cover serving dishes, or make a smaller batch to cover each guest’s plate.
You can make these fabric food toppers out of any weight of fabric you’d like. Find a print that says, “summer!” to you, or reuse and give new purpose to old cloth, doilies or a scarf. The toppers can even be designed specifically for a party, if you are looking for a way to gussy up the summer dinner table.
To make the fabric food toppers you will need fabric, bowls to mold the toppers around, and fabric stiffener.
Fabric stiffener is one of my favorite crafting materials to use. I love how it allows me to transform fabric into anything I’d like!
Start by laying your fabric over the molding bowl and cutting around the circle. Don’t worry about getting a perfect cut here. You’ll have time for that after the fabric is dry.
Next, take the cut fabric and dredge it into a bowl filled with fabric stiffener. Get every inch of the fabric covered. Wring out a bit for drying (this is particularly helpful if the fabric weight is light).
Spread the wet fabric over the outside of a bowl turned upside down. Smooth out the fabric as you spread it out. Allow to fully dry, about 24 hours.
When dry, remove the bowl from underneath the fabric topper and cut the topper down to size. Use it to top anything from cakes to veggies to celebrate summer in bug-free style.
For bug-free drinks as well, use an upside-down cupcake liner on top of each cup! Simply stick the straw through the cupcake liner, and your guests will be able to sip all evening without any added bug protein.
Photos by Victoria Hudgins.