How to Make Fabric Art

Carrie Waller

Even if you're at a loss as to what you can do with that leftover fabric, don't toss it in the trash. Oddly measured extra yardages can be transformed into pieces of wall art that instantly add color, personality and sophistication to any space. You can adapt the project to the size of the fabric you have and space you want to fill.

Cut Fabric to Size and Iron Wrinkles

Trim your fabric to the desired size, and then iron it flat.
Carrie Waller

If the fabric piece's edges aren't straight, use a square or straightedge to mark clean lines with a washable fabric pen, and then cut along the line with scissors so that you're left with a clean square or rectangle. Then, iron the piece on the setting that matches the type of fabric.

Add Hem Tape to Raw Fabric Edges

Hem the edges of the fabric with thread or iron-on hem tape.
Carrie Waller

Lay the fabric, right-side down, on the ironing board, and add a length of hem tape along one of the four sides. Trim the hem tape with scissors to match the exact length of the fabric.

Activate the Hem Tape

Activate the adhesive properties of the hem tape by moving a heated iron over the folded fabric.
Carrie Waller

Fold the fabric over the hem tape and, with the iron still set to match your fabric type, move it slowly over the folded fabric. Follow the specific directions as stated on the packaging of your hem tape, but in most cases, you'll want to gently move the iron across the folded hem for about 30 seconds.

Complete the Hem

Finish the hemming of all four sides of the fabric.
Carrie Waller

Repeat the steps on all four sides of each piece of fabric.

Stain Wooden Supports

Stain the wooden supports that will later hold the fabric.
Carrie Waller

To hang the fabric art, use 1/4-inch-by-1-1/2-inch poplar boards. The length will depend on the width of your fabric — you'll want the boards to be at least 2 to 3 inches longer than the fabric on either side. Trim the length, if needed, using a saw, sand the edges smooth and then stain the wood in your desired finish. Wipe off the excess stain with a clean towel and allow it to dry overnight before handling.

Attach the Fabric to the Support

Use thumbtacks or small nails to attach the hemmed fabric to the wooden support.
Carrie Waller

Flip the wooden slats face down, and then lay the hemmed fabric on top, also face down. Then gently push thumbtacks or hammer small nails through the fabric and into the wooden support, making sure not to push through the front of the support.

Drill Holes for Hardware

Drill holes into the wooden supports and add screws.
Carrie Waller

Use a No. 8 countersink drill bit to drill holes into the outside edges of the wooden support, into which you'll then screw corresponding flat-head No. 8 type, 1/2-inch long screws. About 1/4 inch of the screws should protrude from the back of the wooden support.

Bolt Chain to the Supports

Use a washer to hold the cut hanging chain in place on either end of the support.
Carrie Waller

Cut decorative brass chain with bolt cutters to suit the length of your wooden support. With screws in place, slip the end link of the chain over the screw tip on the back of the support. Then, use pliers to twist washers right over the chain link. This will ensure a tight connection and keep the chain in place on either end of the support after it's done on both sides.

Hang the Fabric Art

Hang the fabric art.
Carrie Waller

Finish by using a level and wall screw or nail to hang the fabric art up on the wall.

About the Author

Carrie Waller is the blogger and stylist behind Dream Green DIY. Her work has been featured in "Better Homes and Gardens," "Design*Sponge," and "Apartment Therapy." Waller holds a Bachelor of Arts from Christopher Newport University in studio art and art history.

Photo Credits

  • Carrie Waller