Craftivism burlap repaired mannequin

Published on October 6th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

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Project Show and Tell: How I Repaired My Broken Mannequin with Paper, Burlap, and Hot Glue

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burlap repaired mannequin

Back in 2006, one of my super awesome friends gifted me with an adjustable tailor’s mannequin. Obviously, I was over the moon! Mannequins are not cheap, and I’d been coveting one to take product photos and start making some clothes for myself.

Six years and dozens of craft shows later, that mannequin was kind of in shambles. The plastic was cracking, so it was kind of collapsing in on itself in places, and the felt that covered the body was stretched and saggy. It looked terrible in photos unless I spent lots of time arranging it just so, then snapped a quick photo or two before things shifted back into a hot mess.

Now that I’m not doing craft shows, it felt like it was finally time to take a risk and try to fix this thing! I kind of made this up as I went along, but my revamped mannequin – pictured above – looks great and is so much sturdier! I can’t wait to take some photos of craft projects on it for you guys!

On the next page, check out how I repaired my old mannequin to give it a brand new life with just a few simple supplies! Click here for the tutorial.



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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • Linda

    Definitely modge podge! Fabric will “stick” to your burlap! You will be glad you did!

  • http://craftingagreenworld.com Nancy

    Modge Podge for ease of draping fabric. Too bad though, love the mannequin as it is – looks very artsy, like a sculpture.

  • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

    Sold! I’ll pick up some Mod Podge for fabric when I’m out running errands this week.

  • Lis

    If you want to save money, don’t use Mod Podge – I use the white wood glue from the hardware shop, add some water to thin it out a little and a way you go.Sooooo much cheaper than Mod Podge!

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