I almost started this post by saying, “I recently moved”, but it’s been over a year since I’ve been in a new space and I still have yet to finish decorating. Finally I decided to take a step towards finishing the interior decorating and tackled the easiest protect first; framed fabrics.
I wanted to frame the living room window with a few pieces of art but art is so expensive. Plan B was to get the generic, mass-produced art pieces but those were blah and I couldn’t find the perfect one. One night, I was scrolling through Instagram and came across Mattieologie’s post where she framed a few pieces of fabric with materials from the thrift and fabric stores and they looked so gorgeous. I decided to give it a try.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Measuring tape (not shown). I measured the frame of the window (it’s a pretty big window) and decided that three 12×12″ frames on each side would fit perfectly with the space. I could have done smaller frames, but I would need more and more frames mean more money. I wanted to keep this as inexpensive as possible.
Frames. I found these at AC Moore for about $8 each. Not too expensive but they sure can add up, especially when you need 6.
Mats. These were also at AC Moore. I can’t remember the exact price of them but they come 2 in a pack and were definitely less than $10.
Glue gun, glue stick, scissors and a pencil (not shown).
Fabric. Pick out some fabric patterns and colors that match the decor of your space and make sure they are big enough to go around the mat frames. I chose a mustardy-yellow of different patterns.
The first thing you’ll want to do is iron your fabric. I got fabric scraps, which were folded into little squares. I ironed out all the creases to make sure nothing would bulk up or look weird behind the glass of the frame.
Next, measure your fabric. Make sure, as stated above, that you have enough fabric to cover the opening of your mat and an extra inch or so for gluing. I simple used the pencil to outline the frame and cut off an extra inch to make sure nothing bled off the sides.
Then, I used the hot glue gun to go around the perimeter of the frame and secure the fabric in place. Make sure if your fabric has a pattern that it is situated the way you want it to appear. For example, for my chevron printed fabric, I wanted to make sure the print was straight and at least one peak aligned with the center of the frame. Repeat these steps to all of your frames…
…And wah-lah! The frames are complete! Simple, easy, and super chic.
Be sure to check out your local arts and crafts or fabrics store for coupons. I got a lot of these items with 40% off coupons that I found on the AC Moore website. This entire project totaled about $100. If you’re lucky, you can find great frames with mats at your local thrift store. If I could change anything, I would have definitely checked there first. I’m just so impatient and hate sifting through things so I spent more just to save time.
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