How to mount fabric on canvas

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How to mount fabric on canvas
You can turn your favourite fabric pattern into an art piece. (floral artwork - summer image by Aqua Pixie from

After you have finished making your curtains and pillows, why not use the remaining fabric to create a one-of-a-kind art piece for your wall? Stretch your own canvas or use a pre-stretched canvas found at an art and crafts store. It is an inexpensive way to create a look that goes perfectly with your room decor.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Staple gun
  • 1/4-inch staples
  • Scissors
  • Towel or blanket
  • Wood stretcher bars (optional)
  • Canvas roll (optional)

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    Determine the size. Like a picture on a wall, you will need to decide what size canvas you need to purchase as well as the quantity. If the fabric has a lot of detail that cannot be fit onto one canvas frame at the size you need, a second or third piece next to it might be aesthetically pleasing. You can use multiple fabric patterns as well.

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    Purchase the canvas and supplies. If you want to stretch the canvas and fabric yourself, because, for example, you want an odd size, you will need to buy stretcher bars and either primed or unprimed cotton canvas. The priming does not matter as you are not actually using the canvas for paint, but covering it up.

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    Cut your fabric so that it is two inches larger than the edge of the pre-stretched canvas on all sides.

    How to mount fabric on canvas
    Cut your fabric. (scissors image by timur1970 from
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    Place the fabric pattern-side down on a hard surface. Use a towel or blanket to keep the fabric clean. Place the canvas frame upside down on the fabric, allowing the fabric to be equally distributed all the way around the stretched canvas.

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    Use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the canvas. Attach one staple in the middle on any side of the back of the canvas, in the middle of the wood stretcher bar. Pull the fabric taut on the adjacent side, but not so tight that it creates a ripple on the front of the fabric. Once pulled, staple that side. Repeat for the other two sides. Starting at the corner, attach a staple about every two inches until you have completed all four sides.

    How to mount fabric on canvas
    Use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the canvas. (heavy duty stapler image by Christopher Dodge from
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    Staple the fabric on the corners. Since there is double the amount of fabric, it should be folded over and stapled twice.

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    Check the front of the canvas for any ripples. If there are ripples, you may need to remove a few of the staples and restretch that segment.

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    Add picture hangers. The canvas should be lightweight and not need heavy-duty hangers. If it is smaller than 16 inches by 20 inches, you can use a sawtooth hanger. If bigger, use picture wire.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember that the two inches of excess fabric will not be visible. If the pattern has a start and an end, make sure they are within the framed area.

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