How to make fabric photo frames

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How to make fabric photo frames
Customise your photo frame with designer fabric. (Fabric image by cacheman from

A fabric photo frame is a great way to showcase family photos around your home. When you make the frames yourself, you can customise the colours and embellishments. With minimal crafting experience, you can create beautiful fabric photo frames that are worthy of displaying in your home or giving to a friend.

Things you need

  • 5-by-7-inch (2.5 by 17.5 cm) photograph
  • 2 sheets sturdy cardboard
  • Fabric in an attractive pattern
  • Craft batting
  • Sheet of plastic acetate
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon

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  1. 1

    Cut the cardboard sheets into the desired shape for the frame. Cut both pieces identically.

  2. 2

    Cut a photo window in the centre of one frame piece.

  3. 3

    Cut the craft batting and fabric to fit over the front of the frame, leaving 2 inches (5 cm) excess around the edges of both. Cut out the photo window portion of the batting and fabric, maintaining excess fabric around the opening.

  4. 4

    Glue the craft batting onto the front of the cardboard frame.

  5. 5

    Position the fabric over the batting. Pull the excess fabric and batting tightly along each edge of the cardboard and glue onto the back.

  6. 6

    Cut the sheet of plastic acetate to fit over the window frame, leaving a 1-inch (2.5-cm) border for gluing purposes.

  7. 7

    Flip the cut cardboard frame over. Apply a line of hot glue around the edges of the plastic acetate and stick into place.

  8. 8

    Apply glue to three sides of the back frame, leaving one side free of glue for photo insertion. Stick to the back of the photo window frame.

  9. 9

    Glue a piece of ribbon, in a loop shape, to the back of the frame for hanging purposes.

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