How To Frame Your Favorite Textiles

  • 01 of 09

    How To Frame Your Favorite Textiles

    How To Frame Your Favorite Textiles
    Krystle DeSantos

    Have you ever looked at a textile pattern that you absolutely loved but knew that it wasn't right for your pillows or upholstery? Don't put it back just yet because it might be the perfect piece to hang on your wall. Recently, one of my best friends gifted me a beautiful kitchen towel. I loved it, but I just couldn't bring myself to use it. Was I looking to re-gift, return or just recycle? Quite the opposite. In fact I was looking for ways to ensure that I'd keep it forever. Now, if you’re anything like me, the lifespan of a kitchen towel is usually pretty short in your kitchen. Spills are a frequent occurrence, and kitchen textiles can go from beautiful to, "I'd rather not talk about it," in matter of weeks. And - if you're like me - the more you love a gift, the less likely it is that you'll use it for its intended purpose. This towel has a whimsical look with lovely teacup illustrations - so it's not your typical dish-dryer. To have it sitting in my storage closet collecting dust would be a waste. But at the same time, the fate that awaited it in my kitchen would be nothing short of a crime. So what was I to do with my beautiful towel? My DIY wheels began spinning and I decided to repurpose the towel and show it off as the work of art that it truly is.  

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  • 02 of 09

    The Inspiration

    How To Frame Your Favorite Textiles
    Pottery Barn

    This simple DIY project is an easy and inexpensive way to create art for your home. It's fun and safe, so this is a good one to get the kids involved with. It’s a project that will show them how to think outside the box while having a good time and being creative. Best of all, this project will work with any appropriately sized textile fabric. So whether it's a kitchen towel, a deconstructed pillow or anything in between, you can create your own amazing works of textile art. One framed textile will look lovely on its own, or create a gallery wall of like fabric swatches for a stunning display. 

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  • 03 of 09

    Gather Supplies

    This project is super simple and only requires 3 items! You can probably do this one in an afternoon.

    • Kitchen towel
    • Picture frame with mat
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  • 04 of 09

    Iron Fabric

    You’ll want to remove any wrinkles from your kitchen towel (or other textile) before framing. This will give the overall art piece a finished look. Glide the iron over the towel to remove any fold creases and wrinkles. Add a burst of steam here and there while ironing to make it easier to remove the creases.

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  • 05 of 09

    Position Fabric

    Disassemble the frame and place the mat on a flat, even surface. Lay the towel out to the desired position and smooth out any folds to ensure you have everything lined up just right.  

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  • 06 of 09

    Secure Fabric to Picture Mat

    Time to tape it all into place. So, at this point I realized that I had run out of mounting tape. No worries though because DIY is all about improv. I found leftover removable picture mounting strips and cut them into 4 pieces. So whichever you have, the tape or the strips, attaching the towel will be no problem.

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  • 07 of 09

    Secure Fabric to Picture Mat (Continued)

    Peel off the sticky back of the mounting tape and apply to the four corners of your picture mat as shown in the image and secure to edges of the towel to the tape. This will hold your towel in place and prevent it from sliding around when you hang it.  

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  • 08 of 09

    Reassemble Frame

    Reassemble your frame according to manufacturer's instructions and get ready to hang your new piece of amazing one-of-a-kind art!

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  • 09 of 09

    Hang and Admire

    Now wasn’t that easy? You can use your new art as the main focal piece in your kitchen, an accent over your dining room table or as part of a living room gallery wall. How cute would this look in a nursery or child’s room? Or in the dining room where it could be the perfect backdrop for afternoon tea with friends. Some of my favorite sources for pretty towels and other stylish textiles are Anthropologie, World Market, IKEA and Etsy. So keep your eyes open while surfing the web or perusing the stores and pretty soon you could have a whole new art collection.