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simple DIY : fabric in frames

In the United States, many of us celebrated Labor Day with an extended weekend. I loved nothing more than being with my family & friends, and also enjoyed catching up on some projects. This is one I checked off the list and I thought I’d share it with you – so I snapped a few pictures of the process with my iPhone.

Fabric scraps in a trio of frames. Instant personality added to any room, and really helps to tie in whatever colors and patterns you want.

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Frames (11″ x 14″)  from T.J. Maxx. Chair from Potato Barn. Lamp from Pottery Barn. Fabric from Fabric Depot in Scottsdale, Arizona. Pillow cover made by my seamstress friend Rachel who is a magnificent seamstress. Anyone in the Phoenix area that may be interested in inquiring about her custom sewing services can call (602) 459-2457 or email madebyrachel@cox.net.

So this is what I did.

Step 1. Place each frame on a piece of paper and trace. (I had some packing paper that they wrapped my frames in at T.J. Maxx, but tissue paper or other scrap paper large enough will do.) Cut the papers so they are the exact size of each respective frame.

Step 2. Lightly tape the paper on the wall and move those around until they’re exactly where you want to those frames to hang.

Step 3. Remove the paper (one at a time) and hang each frame, for SURE using a level. I prefer hanging with Command Picture Hanging Strips so much more than hanging with nails.

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Step 4. Choose fabric (scraps). Be sure to balance your large prints and your smaller patterns. Yes, this should totally be swapped with Step 3 but I did it a little out of order this time. I hung the frames, then decided on my fabrics, then loaded those and popped the frames back on the walls. Super easy with the hanging strips.

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Step 5. Iron out any wrinkles.

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Step 6. Cut to size and place the fabric in the frame with the “good” side facing out of course. I find this part is much easier with a mat (which came in these frames). And yes – I used whatever I had on-hand, which is masking tape. Hey, it worked great.

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Easy. Simple. Cute.

For more tips on lining up frames perfectly, check out my post called “secrets to a perfect grid”. And for more inspiration on a gorgeous gallery wall that my friend Megan did (which is another great time to bust out that paper to get all the placement right before you actually hang anything) … check out my “photo gallery wall” post.


If you’re not following me on instagram, facebook, or twitter – I recommend it.  { wink }  I’m noticing lately that I’m blogging a little less because it’s so much quicker and more convenient for me to share ideas, tips, and inspiration via social media. I promise I’m not going to stop blogging. It’s just that there’s a lot of other fun sharing happening that I don’t want you to miss out on.

This was something I shared via social media not too long ago.

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Same concept. Fabric scraps in frames. But these were smaller and I didn’t hang them on a wall. It was so fun to do this in a snap! I got my frames (this time from Home Goods) …

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Then turned to my little stash of fabric scraps …

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And literally wrapped the fabric around the glass, taping it to the back with packing tape!

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If it’s been a little while since you’ve had some DIY in your life, I recommend it.


7 Responses

  1. What a wonderful idea! Love the colors that you chose to use. I was just at Home Goods this past weekend and saw the tiny frame that you have. It looks awesome with fabric inside of it. Thank you for sharing your ideas.


  2. Kayleen Johnson says:

    Love the fabric! It looks great.

  3. Amy says:

    When are sunshine and polka dot party available!? AUGHHHHHH :)

  4. jennie says:

    i do this with that gorgeous paper that papersource sells.

  5. M.Miller says:

    Love Project Life and love your blog, but am a bit disappointed that you have been sharing a lot less via the blog. I may be the only person out there, but I don’t do instagram, facebook, or twitter. Juggling that much technology is just too much … no time for it when working full time without sacrificing family time. Would love to see at least a few more blog posts … even if they are brief.

  6. Cheryl :) says:

    LOVE IT! Thanks for the inspiration Becky!!!

  7. Cindy B. says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!!!