How to Make Fabric Picture Frames

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A fabric-covered frame adds a new dimension to means of displaying a favored photo, a child's drawing or other work of art. An interesting texture, color and pattern allows one to not only admire the framed work but to touch the fabric frame as well. Fabric themes can range from juvenile, country, bold stripes or plaids, or even thick and luxurious velvet or tapestry style. Whether this project is created by children or adults, any home or office will be enhanced.

Things You'll Need

  • Decorative fabric in coordinated color and prints
  • (one large piece or several smaller pieces)
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge liquid sealant
  • Frame (wood or plastic)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Popsicle stick
  • Decorative cord and trim
  • Choose a standard size frame of either 5-by-7 or 8-by-10 inches. Choose a frame that is flat on the front and avoid frames that have ridges. Remove the backing and glass. Pick out one piece of fabric large enough to cover the front of the frame, or sufficient pieces of coordinated color and pattern to overlay on each other that will cover the frame. Cut strips and arrange as desired, so that each piece contrasts with the piece next to it so it will stand out.

  • Apply Mod Podge around the top and sides of the frame with a 1-inch foam brush. If using one large piece of fabric, lay it over the frame and smooth it flat, pressing out any air bubbles. If using strips of different fabric, lay each strip slightly overlapping each other to cover the frame. Where necessary, apply Mod Podge to the fabric areas that need sealant to be secured to the frame. Let dry, then flip the frame over so the back of the frame is facing up. If using one large piece of fabric, cut an "X" from corner to corner with scissors. Trim excess fabric to leave just enough fabric to fold in and fold around the outside of the frame.

  • Secure the fabric around the frame with a popsicle stick from the front to the back, and from the center in just enough to cover the edge and allow the glass insert to fit in snugly. Apply additional Mod Podge where needed to the fabric to secure it to the frame. Let dry. Add a finishing touch to the frame by hot gluing decorative trim around the frame opening and a contrasting cord around the outside of the frame. Insert the glass insert, a photo or picture to fit the frame opening, and put the back of the frame in.

Tips & Warnings

  • Expired sample drapery books with beautiful fabric swatches can be had for free; just ask at decorator shops.
  • If desired, additional embellishments can be added to the front of the frame, such as buttons and charms.
  • This project is great as a gift for weddings, a new baby or to frame a child's work of art.
  • Adult supervision is necessary with a hot glue gun if a child makes this project.

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  • Photo Credit Fabric frame and photos by Natasha Lawrence
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