Framing Your Favorite Textiles

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    The Inspiration

    Cutting a textile pattern
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    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.

    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. This project will work with any appropriately sized textile fabric. 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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  • 02 of 08

    Gather Supplies

    This project only requires 3 items:

    • Kitchen towel
    • Picture frame with mat
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  • 03 of 08

    Iron Fabric

    You’ll want to remove any wrinkles from your kitchen towel (or ​another 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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  • 04 of 08

    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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    Secure Fabric to Picture Mat

    Time to tape it all into place. Whether you have tape or strips, attaching the towel will be no problem.

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    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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    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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    Hang and Admire

    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. Also, keep your eyes open while surfing the web or perusing the stores and pretty soon you could have a whole new art collection.