How to make a fabric covered photo album

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Over the years I have done a number of updates to simple plain photo frames but I have to admit the concept of adding fabric to the mats is topping my list right now. {It is seriously one of those ideas that make you stop and say why didn’t I ever think of this}

This is one of the Martha Inspired Projects for this month’s and I can assure you that after trying this out I want to update every frame I own. The natural texture of the fabric combined with the elegant tailored finish brings plain boring frames to life and leaves them looking like custom pieces of art.

The idea was inspired by from Martha Stewart. In the article she details how to create a separate mat from paperboard; however I simply used the existing mats that came with a few inexpensive frames I purchased at Wal-Mart. I used the same basic concept but changed a few steps that are detailed below.

Materials Needed:
Frame and Mat
{if your frame does not have an existing mat you can check out the MS site for instructions on cutting your own here}Fabric Remnant
Spray Adhesive
Hot Glue

Trace the mat into a piece of fabric ensuring there is enough overhang on each side to wrap. I used Natural Osnaburg fabric for the mats I covered today.

Using the penciled guidelines trim the fabric, leaving an additional 1 inch border of fabric around each side – including the inside. {This access fabric will allow you to ‘wrap‘ the mat}

Miter all the inside and outside corners as shown above.

Lightly spray the mat with spray adhesive. I like to use Krylon Easy Tack as it provides a sufficient enough hold for projects like this and it is repositionable allowing for easy removal if you ever what to change things up. I also like the fact it is non-yellowing so it will not affect the fabric.

Lay the mat, sticky side down, onto the fabric – making sure the mitered corners line up -the pencil guidelines come in handy here. Smooth out and apply gentle pressure to assure a good hold.

Starting with the inside of the mat, begin folding in the fabric, using a bead of hot glue to secure the fabric in place.

Once the inside of the frame was completely wrapped, I turn it over and gently pressed the front with an warm iron to crease the folds and sharpen the corners. This also assures nice smooth non-wrinkled fabric as you complete the outer sides.

Flip the mat back over to finish wrapping the outer sides. Begin with the two longer sides of the mat by simply folding and gluing the fabric {just like the inside}. There will be a little triangle left from the miter cuts that can be cut off as shown above in the first two photos.

For the two shorter sides – fold in the miter triangle on each end, tack in place with a dab of hot glue, then pulling the fabric taught fold up and glue into place.

The frames shown are the same ones that I used for the . They are 11X14 frames with 8X10 mats and only cost at Wal-Mart. Even though the outer thin frame is plastic – it does have a real glass insert. The frames are originally black and I just gave them a good coat of Krylon Caramel Latte to coordinate with the rest of the living room decor.

I totally love the natural texture the fabric adds to an otherwise plain bright white mat.

It’s a simple update with a custom look and a polished finish.

I can definitely see more updated mats in my future. I’m thinking printed fabric or pops of color would be super cute!

If you would like to check out the rest of the Martha Inspired Projects for this month you can find them . I am so excited to see what everyone comes up with!

Happy Friday my friends – Have a fabulous weekend Enjoy!


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