How to Keep Canvas From Fraying

Save
Artists use stretched canvas for paintings.
Artists use stretched canvas for paintings. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Canvas is a durable and lightweight, yet strong fabric, that has many uses. Canvas drop cloths are a favorite of professional house painters and artists use canvas for their paintings by nailing or stapling it to stretcher frames. Embroidery and needlepoint artists create pictures and pillows on canvas and painted canvas rugs provide sturdy floor coverings. Keeping the canvas edges from fraying eliminates hemming, which can create a bulky appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Large bowl
  • 8 oz. white glue
  • Craft stick
  • Newspaper
  • Foam paintbrush

Measure the canvas to the desired size using the ruler and cut it with the scissors.

Mix 8 oz. of white glue with 4 oz. of water in a large bowl. Stir thoroughly with a craft stick to bring the glue to an even consistency.

Lay the canvas over newspaper on a flat surface like a table or the floor.

Dip the foam paintbrush in the white glue and water mixture. Thoroughly saturate the edges of the cut canvas with the mixture. Let the glue dry for one hour.

Flip the canvas to the opposite side and saturate the cut edges with the glue and water mixture, using the foam paintbrush. Let the glue dry for one hour.

Related Searches

References

  • "Embroidered Projects;" Sue Hawkins; 2003
  • "The Complete Book of Floorcloths;" Kathy Cooper; 2002
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Related Searches

Check It Out

DIY Wood Transfer Christmas Ornaments

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!