How to Make a Fabric Covered Picture Frame

    by Tielle Webb

    About the Author

    Tielle Webb has been a writer and editor for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in local and national publications such as "The Dollar Stretcher," "Good News Tucson" and "Guideposts." Specializing in computer technology, Webb is certified in Microsoft Office applications.


    If you have some lovely fabric on hand you are seeking to use in a creative way and a photo or two you would love to showcase, combining the two might just be the perfect craft project for you. Fabric-covered picture frames are so simple to make that children can do it, and yet the finished product is elegant enough to bestow on someone as a gift.

    Things You'll Need

    • Two identical pieces of sturdy cardboard
    • Craft knife
    • Polyfill quilt batting
    • Two pieces of fabric, each two inches larger than the cardboard
    • Hot glue gun or contact cement
    • Additional piece of cardboard
    • Twine or rope

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    Slice a window in one of the pieces of cardboard that is large enough for your picture, using a craft knife. Do not cut it larger than your picture. Although it's simplest to cut the picture window in a square or rectangle shape, you can also cut it in a circular or oblong shape.

    Cut a piece of polyfill batting to fit the piece of cardboard with the picture window. Make the outer edge of the polyfill slightly larger than the cardboard so you can round the edges. Line up the batting and the cardboard and cut out the picture window area from the polyfill so that it is even with the cardboard.

    Glue the batting to the front of the cardboard frame, using hot melt glue or contact cement.

    Adhere one piece of fabric to the flat, uncut piece of cardboard with the same glue. Measure the second piece of fabric against the piece of cardboard with the picture window, and cut an X in the middle where the picture window is. Glue the fabric over the batting and onto the cardboard.

    Join the piece of cardboard with the picture window to the uncut piece of cardboard with glue. Glue them together so that the fabric is on the outsides and the bare cardboard sides are adhered together.

    Cut a wedge shape from a piece of cardboard and glue it to the back of the frame so that your frame will stand on a tabletop. Alternatively, attach a loop of twine or rope to the back near the top and you can hang the frame on the wall.

    • While you can certainly use two pieces of the same fabric, it is also fun to mix and match fabrics.
    • Make three frames similar in size but varied in shape and attach them to a length of ribbon for a lovely wall hanging.
    • Don't let children use hot glue guns or craft knives without supervision.