How to Frame Fabric on Canvas

Fill your home with DIY art using this easy tutorial for framing fabric on canvas!

How to Frame Fabric on Canvas
How to Frame Fabric on Canvas
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Making your own wall art can be intimidating, but with easy projects like this it doesn't have to be! 

This simple tutorial will help you transform your favorite fabric into a work of art. All you need are a few materials and about 20 minutes, and you are well on your way to a serious upgrade to your home decor.

One of our favorite things about learning how to frame fabric on canvas is that this project is so versatile.

We've chosen cozy, nature-inspired fabrics for this tutorial. But the options are limitless!

Kids will love framed fabric artwork featuring superheroes, unicorns, or other cute animal designs. Pop art lovers will appreciate a design with daring colors and bold lines. Use this tutorial to make framed fabric canvas wall art for all of your friends and family (and yourself, of course).

For this project we used fabric from Art Gallery Fabric's Gathered Collection, which boasts a stunning selection of patterns. These designs are cozy and perfect for warming up the home. Be sure to check out their other fabric collections, as well!

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteUnder an hour


Materials List

  • Canvases
  • Fabric, at least 4" wider and 4" taller than the dimensions of your canvas
  • Staple gun and staples

How to Frame Fabric on Canvas


We recommend ironing or steaming your fabric before starting this tutorial in order to ensure that it is free of wrinkles. Iron according to the recommended method for your fabric.

  1. Trim your fabric to the correct size. You will need it to be as large as your canvas, plus 2" of extra fabric on each side. For example, if your canvas is 8"x8", you will need your fabric to be 12"x12".

  2. Once your fabric is the correct size, lay your canvas face down in the middle of your fabric. The pattern side you want to show in the finished piece should also be facing down.

  3. Fold one edge of the fabric around the side of the canvas and staple it to the wooden frame on the back. Try to keep the material straight against the frame, and don't let the fabric bunch in between staples.

  4. Grasp the fabric on the opposite side of the frame and pull it taut. Staple the fabric to the wooden farme on the back of the canvas.

  5. Repeat these steps on the other two sides of the canvas. Do not staple the corners yet.

  6. Fold each corner over so that it lays flat. Secure with a staple.

    Skip to about 4:45 in the Facebook Live video below to see exactly how this done!

  7. You're done! Hang your new custom art on your wall and enjoy!

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Decorating your walls doesn't have to be a confusing and expensive idea. Using fabric can save you so much money and it can fall into your style and colour palette seamlessly. This tutorial shows our how to do that in a few easy to follow steps and if you're a visual learner, there's a video tutorial too. It doesn't get any easier than this.


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