How To Make A Fabric Picture

This tutorial shows you how to make a fabric picture easily, quickly and cheaply. Beautiful interiors do not have to come at a price or take ages to achieve. This site hosts a tremendous amount of ideas for stuff you can make for your home to improve the general appearance so once you’ve made your fabric picture, look around for some more splendid ideas you’ll have fun doing. Let me know how you get on, or send me a message if you’re having difficulty with this project.

How to make a fabric picture


What you will need (see thumbnail image above)


A piece of fabric (choose something that goes with your existing interior design)

A cheap picture frame (or use an old one you already have). You can get some strong, cheap ones from the link if you like.

Any kind of paste which is usable on fabric

Cost of job: £0.00 if you have an old picture frame. Otherwise you can purchase one for £1.00 from a charity or discount shop.  

Duration of job: 20 minutes

Making your fabric picture

1. Take off the back of your picture frame. Then carefully remove the cardboard behind it, the picture, then the glass. You can discard the old picture or use the back of it if your old frame does not have a cardboard in it.


remove the back of your picture frame

2. Put the glass, the empty picture frame and the cardboard to one side. You will need the back of your picture frame (the solid part at the back of the frame) next.

3. In order to get the right measurement for your fabric picture, place the back of the picture frame against the piece of cloth you wish to use. Measure and cut the cloth to exactly the same size as the back of the picture frame. When this is done, use a suitable glue to paste the fabric onto the picture frame back, then place to one side to dry.


measure and cut fabric



cut and paste fabric on back of picture frame

This is what the third step should look like. Leave a millimetre around the edges of the picture frame back if you like. This will help if you have to trim rough edges off the fabric – for example.

4. We’re now going to work with the cardboard you removed from the inside of the picture frame. If your old picture frame doesn’t have one, you can easily make one from stiff paper or thin cardboard. Just measure the back of the picture frame and cut the piece of cardboard/paper the same size.  Otherwise, if you’re brave enough, just use the back of old picture for this step.

Take this cardboard and measure out two squares. (Squares or rectangles look better than other shapes because most picture frames are square or rectangle. Keeping within the same shapes looks good in interior design.)  Follow what I’ve done in the picture below.  Remember to leave the edges of the cardboard intact! I’ve also left the middle intact for an optional step.


cut squares out of cardboard in picture frame

Optional step in making fabric picture

Use a colour pencil to draw a suitable design on the middle (where the cardboard has been left intact). You can also colour around, or design the edges of the squares if you like. If  you don’t wish to do this, you can leave your cardboard plain. My personal design uses the former style.

5. Clean the glass you removed from the picture frame and carefully replace it. Your fabric picture is almost complete. Replace the cardboard you’ve cut around also. Last of all, replace the back of the picture frame (where you stuck the fabric).  Secure.


replace glass and cardboard on picture frame


replace back of picture frame


finished fabric picture

 Your fabric picture is complete. All you need to do now is to find a suitable place to hang it. I did this twice and created two pictures out of plain pictures and picture frames. 

If you don’t have time for this process you can always go to this page. It’s jam full of picture frames and other associated products.

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18 Responses to How To Make A Fabric Picture

  1. Danica Green from ShoppingBags April 5, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    This is quite a costless leisure and fun to do. Well, this will cost you less expense and the best thing is that you can design it the way you want it.

    • Anne May 24, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      Exactly! This is what I hope to achieve on this diy projects blog: simple, quick things to make that are also beautiful and cheap.

  2. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse November 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    This looks great!

  3. Sophia November 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Amazing, I love the handicraft art so much. Although it is a little difficult to me, I would like to seek for enough materials and try it. Hope a success. Thank you for your sharing.
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    • Anne November 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

      Thank you Sophia. Let me know if you need any additional help to do this.

  4. Linda November 24, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    I really like this. Some of these look even more beautiful then some in the stores. I think this really is fun to do. Keep on the good work!
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    • Anne November 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

      Hi Linda, I’m glad you liked it. With just a bit of thought and creativity, it’s amazing what we can make ourselves.

  5. Roeshel November 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Such a clever idea. There are so many pretty fabrics. A great way to incorporate more color/patterns into the decor. 🙂
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    • Anne November 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

      HI Roeshel, Yes, definitely a super way to incorporate fabric you’ve already used into your decor. For instance, if you have left over curtain fabric, you can use this to make a picture.

  6. Bruce November 20, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    This is a nice find, and will be a winter project. Apparently when travelling 35 yrs ago I purchased a (horrible) fabric painting from a street artist in Fiji, and have kept it rolled up ever since. My wife hates it so, it’s going to be a gag gift for her next birthday!
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  7. Demi November 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    This is really fun to do. I tried it and it is done fast. It looks nice and cost almost nothing. Had my Sunday spend in creating this kind of stuff. Thanks!
    Keep on the good work!
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    • Anne November 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

      Great, Demi! I’m so glad you tried and were able to complete it.

  8. John November 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    It is brilliant how you have made this fabric picture. It looks really great on the walls. This can also serve as a personalized gift. I hope to make one and gift it to my best friend. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Anne November 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi John, That’s a splendid idea. You could use photos of the two of you together, or maybe places you’ve been together. It’ll be a very nice present.

  9. Steve November 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Wow! It is an amazing Fabric picture. Thanks for explaining the steps in detail. Can you tell me that instead of a cloth, can I use a good photograph showing nature scenery or something that I like?
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    • Anne November 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

      I suppose you can use the scenery. However, you’ll have to cut them out exactly the same size as the squares you’ve cut into the cardboard. Also, you’ll have to make sure they fall exactly where the gaps in the cardboard are. This will be a bit trickier, but is doable.

  10. Naveen November 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Wonderful images!
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