Tutorial: Tea Party Fabric Backing

Sunday is our Vintage Tea Party, so I hope to share photos with you in about a week. You’ll be able to purchase the full party plan and party kit in our Etsy shop. But until then, here’s a free tutorial for you!

I’ve cleaned out my china cabinet and will be using it to serve tea and goodies. The cabinet has a mirrored back, which would be a pain to work around in photos, so I decided to cover the mirrors with fabric. I chose a pink and yellow (our party colors) rose pattern. Two yards was plenty. Just be sure to choose a light-weight fabric.

You will need:

  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Power Glue Stick
  • Scotch Double-Stick Tape (choose the wider option)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron

Here are the steps:

1. Measure the back of your cabinet. Mine was divided into six sections. For each section, add one inch to the width and one inch to the length.

2. Cut out your first section of fabric.

3. Run your glue stick along one edge of the fabric. (You could use hem tape, but you don’t really need such a permanent solution. Plus the glue stick is faster.)

4.  Fold a half-inch of fabric over the glue stick line and press down. Repeat around the other three sides.

5. Apply the double stick tape to the top and bottom of the mirror. I used a series of approximately six inch strips with an inch or so in between sections.

6. Position the fabric along the top line of tape and press to adhere. Smooth the fabric down the bottom line of tape and press.

7. Repeat until all your mirrors are covered.

And here’s the finished look! This is so easy and inexpensive (the fabric was only $12) that you could dress up your china cabinet for holidays or other celebrations. If you try this, I’d love to see your photos!



  1. jennifer this is so chic and I adore the colors of the yellow with soft pinky flowers. Thanks for the tutorial, double stick tape.(“where would I be without it!”)

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