Tuesday, September 2, 2008

One Yard Adventure: Bathroom Scales Tutorial

My bathroom scales were boring, so I’ve done something to rectify that problem. This is an easy project, but it can’t be done in one day. I’m still using bits of the same piece of fabric.



  • Fabric
  • Paper
  • Paper scissors
  • Sewing scissors
  • Double-sided lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Dritz FrayCheck
  • Mod Podge Gloss-Lustre
  • Clear acrylic sealer
  • Disposable foam paintbrushes
  • Wax paper
  • Bathroom scales

There are too many different types of bathroom scales for me to provide accurate measurements for you. But here’s how you can easily jazz up your scales.

Step 1: Make sure your scales are clean and dust-free.

Step 2: Trace the section(s) you want to cover and cut out the pattern template. I simply ran my nail around the edge of area to be covered and it made a nice, sharp crease on the paper.

Step 3: Cut out your paper pattern piece(s). By flipping over my pattern, I had my template for the other side, too.

Step 4: Pin the pattern to your fabric and cut out the fabric piece you need. Repeat for the interfacing. Attach the interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric as directed by the manufacturer.

Step 5: Place each piece of prepared fabric right-side up on the wax paper (right side facing up). Go around the edges with Dritz FrayCheck and let dry.

Step 6: Using your paintbrush, apply a coat of Mod Podge. Let to dry completely.

Step 7: Apply a second coat of Mod Podge. Again, let this second coat dry completely.

Step 8: Turn your fabric over and apply a coat of Mod Podge. Immediately apply a coat of Mod Podge to the actual section(s) on your scales you wish to cover. Quickly place the still-wet fabric piece(s) right-side up in place on your scales. Press firmly in place and let dry overnight.

Step 9: Coat the top of your fabric section(s) and around the edges where it meets the scale with two more layers of Mod Podge, drying between layers. Let dry completely.

Step 10: Now do a final coat with your acrylic sealer. Let dry completely, and your scales are ready to use.

This was my final bathroom project. Now I want to make something completely different with the rest of my fabric. More tomorrow.


Thimbleanna said...

Holy Cow June! Is there no end to your talents??? This one yard adventure has been really fun -- who knew you could get so many fun things out of just one yard of fabric. You're my idol!

CathyJean said...

Thanks, June!
It's so fun seeing what's up next for the one yard of fabric :)
I'm getting inspired!!

Storybook Woods said...

Okay I just told Chloe "Is there nothing this woman can not do " ;-) !!!!! Clarice

Pat said...

Even the scale! Wow, it looks brand new now! I keep my scale hidden away as I don't like to be reminded about my weight....out of sight...out of mind .....lol

Can't wait to see with what you have left of the yard of fabric ...it can't be very musch?

a pink-bee said...

What a fun project ~ love the idea of coming up with so many things from one yard of fabric ! Everything here is fine~ a bit of wind and rain :) Thanks for checking :)

Cindy said...

Now this is ingenious! I never would have thought of it. But it's great!


African Kelli said...

Now, is there a way to show beautiful weight loss too? :)

da wood in da hood said...

My bathroom scale is very boring and this blog belongs to one of the most creative people I have ever had the honor to know. No, there is no end to June's talents -- wait, there will always be lots more to come.

kim said...

Cool! What a smart idea!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

You are so clever! What a great project...I am sooo doing that to mine!
Awesome job.
Kimberly :)

ShabbyInTheCity said...


meg said...

That is wonderful, funny, & so Junie Moon :-) Who else would think of decorating their scale? Maybe it will make the weekly encounter a little less traumatic :-P

Carol said...

Even your treatment would not make my evil scale beautiful!

meggiecat said...

Now I have seen it all! Is there anything you won't turn into lovliness?

Love you.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

WOW! You leave no corner undecorated! Love this! I'll be linking to it today.

Mod Podge Amy said...

That is wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Where did you get that beautiful fabric? Amazing job!