How to Mount a Cloth Design Into a Picture Frame

Updated February 21, 2017

While shopping in home decorating stores, many people learn that decorating their walls with artwork can be quite expensive. Luckily, it is much less costly and quite easy to create your own, unique artwork for your walls. For example, a decorative section of fabric can be easily mounted inside a picture frame to create an inexpensive, yet attractive piece of wall art. For added drama, these framed cloth designs can be arranged in groups on your wall.

Pry back the teeth holding the cardboard backing of your picture frame, using your screwdriver. Remove the cardboard backing and set it aside.

Lay your cardboard backing on top of your cloth design, and lightly trace the shape of the cardboard onto the fabric with a pencil. Remove the cardboard and cut the outline from the fabric. Iron your fabric, if needed, before attempting to mount it to the picture frame.

Line your work surface with newspaper, to avoid damaging the surface. Lay your cardboard backing and your cloth design onto your surface.

Spray the entire area of one side of your cardboard backing with spray adhesive. Then, spray the entire back of your cloth design with the spray adhesive. Immediately, centre your fabric over the cardboard piece and firmly press the two pieces together, making sure the adhesive-covered, back side of the fabric is touching the cardboard. While the adhesive is still wet, press firmly along the surface of the cloth, making sure the design is even and no bubbles are present under the fabric.

Turn over the glued-together cardboard backing and fabric design, so that the fabric design is facing down. Fold back the edges of the cloth and press them onto the back of the cardboard. Secure the edges to the cardboard with packaging tape.

Insert the fabric art into your picture frame. Then, fold the teeth of the frame inward with your screwdriver, securing your artwork inside.


You will need to use a picture frame that has a cardboard backin to easily mount your fabric. If your frame does not have this cardboard piece, you can cut your own piece of cardboard to size. You can choose to leave the glass covering on the picture frame after mounting your design, or you can remove it to expose the bare design. This method of mounting cloth art can also be used for cross stitch or similar style artwork. To save money, shop a local thrift store for a used picture frame. Any artwork already inside the frame can easily be removed before you insert your cloth design. If you are using an old or damaged frame, you can add a coat of paint before mounting your cloth design.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric with interesting design
  • Picture frame with cardboard backing
  • Screwdriver
  • Spray adhesive
  • Packaging tape
  • Iron
  • Pencil
  • Newspaper
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Melissa Busse is a freelance writer covering a variety of topics, including natural health and beauty, budget balancing and parenting. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art from Maryville University in St. Louis.