Today, I am sharing a Fabric Covered Photo Mats Tutorial. It’s the little touches in a room that give it personality, warmth, and interest. Yes, you could just use plain board mats on your artwork- but why would you when you can cover them with fabric???
I was browsing in a furniture store one day and saw some framed prints that I really liked for the beach house, but they were too expensive. I determined that “I can make that!” (How many times have we all said that? How often do we go home and Actually Make It??) This is a super simple, quick project that will add texture and interest to any photo or print you want to mat and frame. And you get a very high end look for much less money- The ones we saw at the furniture store were $80 each, I did 4 of these for less than $120, including the frames and prints.
I went online and found some reproduction prints of old sketches of sea shells. They were only $10.00 each at art.com. I got inexpensive mats and frames at Michael’s, and some textured fabric at JoAnn’s to cover the mats. I chose a fabric that reminded me of burlap or sea grass, since my prints were beach related. Here is how I did it:
Cut a piece of fabric that is about 1/2″ to 1″ larger than the outside dimensions of your mat. Place mat right side down on wrong side of fabric. Use a ruler to draw lines from corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric. Then, draw a box that is 1/2″ from inner edge of mat:
Cut fabric on lines, including the diagonal lines at the corners:
Tape 2 opposite sides of the fabric to the wrong side of the mat. (If your print or photo is an original, or is valuable, make sure to use acid free tape.)
Tape the remaining sides of fabric to the mat. You want the fabric to be pretty taut, but try not to stretch it:
Tape 2 opposite sides of the outside edges of fabric to the mat. Tape the remaining 2 sides, folding under the corners as if you were wrapping a present:
That’s it! Easy, right?
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