Tuesday, 23 August 2011

DIY: No-sew fabric art project

In all the years TDSH and I have lived together, we've never had any artwork to hang above our bed. Since we're renters, that means we've been living with a blank off-white wall above our bed for the past decade or so. Yawn. So why haven't we ever done anything about it? Well, reasons range from not having enough money to buy something nice to simply not being able to agree on what we both want.

Thanks to a genius idea provided by Gail over at Astrin's Attic Quilting, we now have this lovely piece of art hanging in its new home above our bed.

If you would like to make your own, here's a handy little tutorial. It's actually so easy, I don't think a tutorial is required per se, but it's handy nonetheless.


Step 1: Cut your fabric slightly larger than the size of your canvas. It doesn't need to be that much bigger - less than an inch is fine.

Step 2: Lay your canvas upside down on top of the cut fabric and fold the fabric over the edge of one side of the frame like so:

Step 3: Use your staple gun to secure the fabric in just one spot along the first side, then do the same thing along the opposite side. Keep your fingers out of the way!

Step 4: Continue stapling along these two sides until they are secure and then do the same along the other two sides of the canvas. I found that staples placed about 2 inches apart worked well for making sure the fabric didn't sag in certain spots.

After stapling along all four sides, you'll be left with corners that look like this:

Step 5: Tuck and fold the fabric at the corners until you get a nice crisp corner (or until it looks good enough and you're tired of trying to get it just perfect). Use one or two staples to secure the folded corners. If you're decent at doing hospital corners on a bed, you'll have no trouble with this step.

Once all four corners are secured, you'll have a lovely little piece of art to hang wherever you may like!

What I love about this project is that it is affordable, quick, easy and if we get tired of this fabric, we can easily swap it out down the road. I'll even be able to use this fabric in another project since it will be undamaged from this project.

If you make your own fabric art, please link to your pics in the comments. I'd love to see what readers are doing!

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