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DIY: Fabric Wall Art

One of my very stylish friends has assembled several cool stretched fabric panels, which are hung in her home. I love the big, bold statement that this fabric art creates, so when I recently found directions on how to do it, I thought I'd pass it along to you. This tutorial is for a 20-inch-square fabric art piece.

What You'll Need

  • Four stretcher strips, 20 inches long (prices range from $2-6 each), available at art supply stores.
  • One yard of fabric or a remnant of fabric approximately 30 inches by 36 inches
  • Flat top push pins, approximately 30
  • A hammer, which will help if you have problems pushing in the pins
  • Picture-hanging wire and screw set

To find out how to make it,


Here's how, from Jen at Sew Mama Sew:

  1. Cut the fabric into a piece approximately 30-by-36-inches in size. This will give you some wiggle room to decide on placement on the 20-by-20-inch frame
  2. Join the stretcher strips to form a frame. The pieces just slide into place at each of the corners.
  3. Place the fabric on top of the frame, to get an idea of what will display. You may want to tuck the edges around to get a better idea.
  4. Once you are happy with your fabric placement, carefully turn the fabric and frame over, keeping the fabric in place.
  5. Starting with one side, fold the fabric over the edge of the frame, and use the push pins to pin the fabric to the frame. I pinned the middle first, then the corners, and then filled in along the rest of the edge with as many as I felt was necessary.
  6. At this point, you should have the fabric secured well to one edge. Pull the fabric taut and pin to the opposite side, in the same manner as before. Check the front of the frame to make sure the fabric has not shifted.
  7. Trim the excess fabric along the two pinned edges of the frame.
  8. Now, pin the two remaining sides, making sure to pull the fabric taut and check to insure the placement is correct. Trim the excess fabric from these sides as well.
  9. Fold the corners neatly, so you don’t have too much fabric bulk, and pin in place.
  10. Attach the screws and picture wire in place.
  11. Hang your work, and enjoy the oohs and ahs from your friends!

For even more details, including a great pictorial, go to Sew Mama Sew.


Join The Conversation
tinab1988 tinab1988 5 years
is there a better fabric to use would a cotton work 
natsmiles natsmiles 8 years
what a great idea!!
jenious jenious 8 years
What a fab idea! And the last thing I think is easy and affordable!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I've done this before, fab idea. Ikea has some great fabric too.
lawgirl12 lawgirl12 8 years
I love this idea as well and I am thinking of creating one for my living room wall (which is stark white - I am renting). I was hoping I could ask for some color advice for selecting a fabric. My living room currently has espresso brown and blue colors. Specifically, I have a chocolate brown, modern leather sofa and a lighter colored (I believe it is called stone) microsuade sofa. I also have the taksim tile rug from west elm in feather grey (which has blue tones to it), and the furniture (coffee table, side table, book cases, tv stand) are all espresso. Any suggestions on what colors I should focus on when shopping for fabric? I'd love to incorporate some new colors in the room but want to make sure it is not too random. Thanks!!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
Thanks! I'll be trying this soon.
Kyley Kyley 8 years
I have done this before! Once with a pretty IKEA dishtowel. You can also use a staple gun to attach fabric to the wood frame!
oneprettything oneprettything 8 years
I love these DIY art projects, I'll be linking to this in the Daily DIY.
FeistE911 FeistE911 8 years
Ikea has the frames too:
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
I've totally done this! It is really easy, cheap and looks great!
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