HOW TO COVER A PICTURE FRAME WITH FABRIC

Place a fabric frameIt is sometimes necessary to match a picture frame with elements in the room : bedspreads, curtains, drapes, sofa ... just to provide a better decorative effect.

Rather than trying to paint the frame... why not cover it with a piece of fabric : it's simple and fast ! Bonus : you obtain a very decorative and low cost frame for your home.

And the same fabric can also be employed to make a perfect matched mat... fabric mats give to your frame an elegant touch often used in French interiors.

With a quite ordinary picture frame and a little care, you will get a sophisticated and refined frame perfect for a classic interior.

And it can not be any bad surprises at the end of your work!

 

The necessary equipment and framing supplies :

Supplies fabric covered frame

A wooden frame, very ordinary with a rabbet from IKEA, GIFI or other ... and some framing supplies :

  • A fabric scrape larger than the frame.
  • A pot of white vinyl adhesive and a brush to spread it.
  • Scissors, cutter or sharp knife.
  • A bone folder.

So if you're ready for the explanations ... it begins!

Covering the front of the frame ...

Cut your fabric scrap so that its dimensions exceed those of the frame of 5cm. You can iron it to prevent any wrinkle... Lay your frame on the fabric just to see if everything is okay before you start pasting.

Check the size of the fabric

Glue now the front of one of the larger length of the frame by spreading the vinyl white adhesive with a brush, without thickness, . Do not soak fabric with glue : there must be just enough to allow a good adhesion.

Place the fabric on the glued part and stretch slightly in the direction of the length : do not distort the fabric by exaggerating the tension but to avoid any wrinkles. If you've a patterned fabric, be careful to align correctly...

Let the glue take a few moments and then paste the rest of the front frame and apply the fabric, stretching it slightly. With the bone folder and the flat of the hand, smooth well.

Cutting corners and covering the back of the frame:

Turn the frame face against the table. Here is a passage a little tricky ... Look at the pictures on how to make the cuts to obtain impeccable corners !

Draw the cuts using a 45 ° angle and mark them lightly with a pencil. The little flap is a square with dimensions equal to the thickness of the frame.

Route cuts at right angles

 

So treat each corner of the frame.

 

You will now glue the corners and edges of the frame, fold small flaps to hide the corners.

gluing the corners of the frame

When the corners are hidden, fold over the flaps and finish to glue the fabric on the back of the frame...

Gluing the back of the frame

Then, with a very sharpened knife (mine, PRADEL blade, is like a razor !) or a cutter, cut the fabric excess close to the rabbet, stretching it slightly.

Cut the excess fabric on the back of the frame

It's over for the back ... Turn the frame on the table.

Front frame

Place the square on each corner and draw the cuts to be made.

Trace the inside corners of the frame

Then, with your cutter or your knife, cut along your marks.

Cut the inside corners

Remove the center to make 4 flaps. These flaps will be glued and folded into the rabbet to complete the frame.

But first you must cut 4 small fabric strips and stick them in the inside corners before folding the flaps.

fabric strips placed in the corner

You can now glue the inside edges of the frame and the rabbet and fold up the flaps. Work with the bone folder to properly apply the fabric in the rabbet and prevent unsightly wrinkles ...

Working with the bone folder

Then when you're finished, cut with a cutter close to the rebate to remove fabric excess .

Cut the excess fabric

Let dry all ... your frame is finished! You just have to cut out a mat and cover it with matching fabric ... put your photo ... and suspend it on the wall!

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