This was one of those things. A frame covered in fabric appeals to me on several levels so I decided to try it for myself.
I already had the frame that would be perfect for such a project.
The next step was to find the right fabric. Obviously it has to be a pattern that would be displayed well in fairly narrow strips. The floral on the one above is lovely but I couldn't find a floral that satisfied me, so I chose this geometric pattern.
I bought one yard after determining that I could cut four strips from salvage to salvage and have the pattern repeat nicely. This particular frame flares towards the front so the backside of the frame needed to be covered as well as the front.
I did not have Mod Podge on hand so I used a product I had used before for this project.
It is a little pricey but with a 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby it's not that bad. I think the original price is about $25. Here are a few things you should know if you use this product.
1. Don't let it dry on your hands for too long or you will be picking flakes off your hands for a week. I wore latex gloves but when it came to some details the gloves were too yucked up with gel and I worked bare handed.
2. You need to work rather quickly because the drying starts once the gel is out of the container. I could go into detail but just take my word for it and don't dally. You have ample time but not unlimited time.
3. It does dry clear so no need to worry about the whiteness of the product as it is being applied.
I did the left and right side and then left it to dry completely.
As you can see I went slightly past the miter at the corners since I planned to overlap when I did the top and bottom.
I should mention that I rubbed the gel medium onto the frame, then centered my fabric strip onto the frame. I started in the center and applied more gel on top of the fabric as I smoothed it into place. It is important to press the fabric snugly around the detailing on the frame. It was impossible to photograph this process without someone else available to take the pictures. It doesn't take much gel but every bit of fabric needs to be wet with gel on both sides.
This frame has a wavy edge which provided an extra challenge. However, when the fabric is wet it adjusts to the shape and with a little patient smoothing it conforms well.
I wanted to leave the insert edge free of fabric so that what ever I put in the frame would fit nicely.
I am happy with how this pattern worked on this particular frame. I think the curves and lines of the frame actually enhanced the pattern in the fabric. You can see that the fabric in the corners is not a perfect mitered match. The only way to make that happen would be to have it "unmatched" somewhere else along the rail. I thought it made the most sense to do it in the corners.
Now the question is: What am I framing?
This is what was in the frame. Probably not my first choice but it really does not look all that bad.
Maybe it should it be a mirror?
How about a chalkboard? I could make my own chalkboard paint in a complementary green color using this recipe.
What about a gorgeous bouquet of flowers?
Or maybe this this arrangement captured from pinterest?
Would love to hear if you like one of these ideas or better yet, if you have one of your own you'd like to share.
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