Making framed fabric art is some of the simplest art you’ll ever create and can make a graphic statement! Designers are creating gorgeous fabric patterns and why not use them on our walls? The fabric art I’ve created for my newly made over laundry room is made out of an old frame and a shower curtain! Yes, you heard me right, a shower curtain.
I was strolling the aisles at TJ Maxx/ Homegoods and came across this beautiful paisley shower curtain for $13.00! Now if you’ve priced shower curtains lately, you know what a steal that is! I love snatching up bargain shower curtains because you can find the most amazing prints and fabrics. You can check out my No-Sew Ruffle Pillow I made from a ruffled shower curtain. It looked like ruffled silk! The best part about using shower curtains is quantity of fabric you get for the price. You can make all kinds of items with it!
How to Make Framed Fabric Art
You will need:
A frame with glass and cardboard backing
Spray paint and primer (optional)
scissors and masking tape
Find an old frame. I’ve had this one with a very faded print shoved in my attic for years. I needed a white frame though. What do we do if we don’t like the color? We simply spray paint it! So I removed the cardboard backing, print, and glass and took it out side and laid it on a tarp. The frame received a light coat of spray primer and then a few coats of white spray paint with a satin sheen.
Step 1: IRON- I recommend ironing your fabric first. You don’t want any wrinkles.
Step 2: LAY & POSITON- Lay your fabric or in my case, the shower curtain, out onto the floor. Position your frame over the fabric. Reposition it until you like the composition of the pattern inside the frame.
STEP 3: CUT- Cut the fabric around your frame.
STEP 4: WRAP & TAPE- Flip your fabric onto its back side. Place the cardboard backing over the fabric and fold the fabric over the edges of the cardboard. Make sure it is pulled tight and smooth and then secure with tape.
STEP 5: REASSEMBLE- Place the glass inside the frame and then insert the fabric covered cardboard. Bend down all the securing pins around the frame to hold the cardboard back in place.
That’s all there is too it. If your frame is already the color you like, then you could complete this craft in under 20 minutes! Here’s a little tip, be on the lookout at thrift stores for old frames that you can reuse (just try to ignore the hideous art that is normally inside them). And also look for nice patterned fabric remnants at fabric stores that you could use. You can get beautiful designer fabric for a fraction of the original cost.
Some options for fabric wall art are to find to coordinating fabrics and make several framed pieces that you can group together. You could also make a photo display by positioning multiple black and white photos onto the fabric before placing it in the frame. Really the possibilities are endless! Have you used fabric in art ever? Do you think you would give Framed Fabric Art a try?
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