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January 15, 2011

DIY Fabric Frame Cover

I've been talking, you've been waiting, and it's finally here! January's tutorial will show you how to take a simple or worn out photo frame and update it with a fresh look. This would be a great project to unify a collection of mismatched frames or give more life to frames that may be slightly damaged or worn. Let's get started!

Getting Started

Here's what you'll need:

  • Photo Frame
  • Fabric remnant large enough to wrap around your frame
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Low Temp Glue Gun
  • Low Temp Glue Sticks
  • Ribbon/Buttons
  • Not Shown: Pen, Ruler, Fray Check

Marking Edges

1. Begin by spreading out your fabric under your frame and marking off a perimeter along the outside that when folded back over the frame, reaches within a quarter of an inch of the inside edge.

Lines Drawn

2. Measure out another line a half inch from the inside edge of the frame. Trim all excess fabric from the inside and outside.

Gluing Inner Edges

3. Draw lines from the inside fabric corners towards the inside frame corners stopping about an eighth of an inch from the actual corners and then snip the fabric along the lines as shown above.

Gluing Inner Edges

4. We're ready to glue! (It's really important here that you double check and make sure you are using a low temperature glue gun with low temperature glue sticks to match. You will be using your fingers to smooth the fabric onto the frame and you DO NOT want to get burned!)

Run a thin bead of glue along the inner edge of the frame and then quickly smooth an edge of fabric into the crack. You will need to work quickly as the glue hardens fast and you'll want to try hard to really smooth the glue out so the glass will fit back into the frame when you're finished. Repeat on all three remaining edges.

Sides Glued

5. Once the inside edges are in place, run a line of glue along the back of the frame and stretch the fabric snugly over the edge of the frame on two opposing sides.

Finishing Corner

6. Now for the corners. If you're familiar with hospital corners when making a bed you're ahead of the game. If not, pull the corner fabric as shown above until the desired look is achieved and then glue in place.

Corner Glued Down

The finished corner should look like this.

Inner Corners

7. With the corners in place glue down remaining sides and then dot each of the inner fabric corners with fray check to prevent the threads from pulling apart. If you don't have fray check don't worry - a dab of clear nail polish will work also!

Felt Backing

8. Cut out a piece of felt that matches the inside of the back of the frame exactly and falls just a quarter of an inch short of the outside of the back of the frame. This is also where you add any ribbons or buttons that you might have.

Finished Back

9. Now glue the felt in place to cover up any messy edges.

Finished Frame

10. Reinsert the glass, photo and backer and you're finished!

If you try this out on your own post a pic in the comments I'd love to see it!


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Super tutorial. Thank you!

I'm glad you liked it! Post pics if you end up using it - I would love to see the results!

Your posted blog for to making the picture frame is really very nice. I will try to making this type of the sweet picture frame. By using your trick for to making the picture frame we make very best picture frame. Thanks for the informative post.

great instruction kalidarling. i am making a lot bigger of it and planning to use staplers. i hope it turns out well. have nice day...

That's awesome! I would love to see it at a larger scale! Please post pics when you've finished!

I like the homemade frames, they are unique and made with love! Take care of your pictures with a good picture frame.

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