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How to Frame a Piece of Fabric

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How to Frame a Piece of Fabric

The corner of a framed piece of fabric (without glass)

Lauren Flanagan

Art doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, a simple piece of fabric framed and hung on the wall can be an excellent alternative to a costly painting or print. Framing a vintage or delicate piece of fabric is also a great way to preserve and protect it. So whether it's a valuable family heirloom or a just a pretty sample you found at a fabric store, try framing it to create a beautiful piece of art to hang on your wall your wall.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: One hour or less

Here's How:

  1. Cut a piece of foam board using a utility knife to fit in a frame of your choosing.
  2. Cut the fabric to the size of the frame leaving at least an inch of extra fabric around the edges. (If the fabric is vintage or heirloom you can also leave it as is and simply pin it to the foam board.)
  3. Stretch the fabric over the board and secure it with a pin in the center of one side. Proceed in one of the two following ways depending on the value and fragility of the fabric.
  4. If the fabric is delicate and fragile use pins to secure it. Put pins at each end of one side, then one in the middle of that edge. Then pin the opposite side of the board in the same way, pulling the fabric taut (but do it gently). Repeat for the remaining two sides.
  5. If the fabric is durable pull the fabric around the edges of the board and staple it to the back. Start by placing one staple in the center of the left side of the frame. Pull the fabric tight and then do the same on the right side. Continue stapling on opposite sides, keeping the fabric taut as you work out from the center toward the edges of the frame. Repeat on the top and bottom sides, and make neat hospital corners when you reach the edges.
  6. Secure any excess fabric to the back of the board with cloth tape, or if the fabric is not valuable cut off any excess.
  7. Insert the board into the frame and display wherever you like.

Tips:

  1. If you're using a vintage or heirloom fabric be very careful. Don't pull it to tightly and use as few pins as possible to secure it to the board. If it's really valuable you might want to have it professionally mounted just to be on the safe side.

What You Need:

  • Foam board
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Small flat head pins and/or staple gun
  • Cloth tape
  • Frame

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