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Posted on August 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Fabric Wrap Tutorial

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This is a tutorial I've been wanting to do for a looong time.  It's soooo easy to do this at home and you don't even need alot of materials to do it.  I work in a custom picture framing store so the training came from that but when I started doing them at work, I began to think: 

"Omg..."   {well, you know the rest.}

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It's actually a very quick project and allows you to upcycle items you

probably have lying around.

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Here's what you need:

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Fabric

{anykind will do}

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Precut mat

{you can find these at any

craft store or even Wal-mart}

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Spray Adhesive

{not shown:  you can get

at Wal-mart}

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Glue stick

{on hand}

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Scissors

{on hand}

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Tape

{on hand}

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Embellishments

{In the above pic, I have felt for flowers,

scrabble letters and a magazine ad illustration

that I thought was cute just for the tutorial, but

you can use a photo.}




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Step One:

Lay the mat on top of the fabric as a guide and cut at least 1" bigger than mat.  Then cut the corners at a 45 degree angle on the corners.  You can cut to the corner if you want but just to be safe, give yourself about 1/8" past the corner so there is no risk of seeing the mat peek through.

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Step Two:

Using the spray adhesive, spray the face of the mat.  {outside, of course} and lay it down on the wrong side of the fabric. 

Now just so you know,  you can wait to make any cutting until after you do this step if you want to be more accurate. 

I would advise you to do this as a matter of fact, just to be sure.

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Step Three:

Cut an "X" in the center of the mat to about an 1/8" to the corner.  Again, don't cut all the way to the corner.  If you do, you will see the mat peek through.  Then cut the excess inside except for

about 1" to inner edge of mat.

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Step Four and Five:

Using a glue stick, or whatever you have on hand {not hot glue} apply to the back of the mat at the inner edge and fold the inner fabric back taut.

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Step Six:

Do this on all four sides.  Making sure that the corners are pushed in with a toothpick or Q-tip. 

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Step Seven:

Do the same thing with the outside of the mat.  On the outside, you need not be as perfect on the corners if you are putting this in a frame. 

{which you will most likely be doing}

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Step Eight:

Now tape all the edges of the fabric down.

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Step Nine:

Add any desired embellishments to the corners or you can leave it alone and add another mat under or above.  For a nice dimentional look,  try wrapping 3 different size precut mats.  This will give your framing presentation a really interesting look!  I also tried these scrabble tiles that say "YUM" thinking I could hang it in my kitchen {she's holding a tomato}:

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... but I felt it was taking away from the femininity of the illustration.

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Step Ten:

I rummaged through some magazines for a cute picture to put in mine and found an advertisement for McDonald's salads.  I love the relationship of the green mat and the green dress she's wearing and her orange hair.  {Hence the felt roses I added to the bottom corner.} Now, if you decide to put this mat in a frame with glass, embellishments wouldn't be practical.  So keep that in mind when planning this.  You wouldn't want the glass to either smoosh the embellishments and/or risk breaking the glass.

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This project literally only took about 10 minutes.  And it looked professional when completed. I almost threw away this mat when I came to my senses and decided to do a fabric wrap with it.

{What was I thinking?}

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Good luck and don't forget to send pix!

Categories: don't throw that out!, upcycling, super easy

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