How to Make a Photo Into a Tapestry

Written by michelle tapire
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How to Make a Photo Into a Tapestry
A stylish, personalised photo tapestry is a great way to make memories last. (Indian quilt for sale image by Tasha from

Photo tapestries not only make great memories last, they also make a great personalised accent wall decor or a customised present. However, it can be quite expensive to hire a professional to turn your photo into a tapestry. With some effort, you can do it by yourself for a lot less money. With your chosen photo, a few tools, and some dedicated time, you will be able to create your very own photo tapestry.

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Things you need

  • Photo
  • Scanner
  • Photo-editing software (optional)
  • Printer
  • Tapestry fabric
  • Heat transfer paper
  • Hot iron
  • Straight pins

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  1. 1

    Choose the photo you want to make into a tapestry. If you plan to place the tapestry in your own home, then your family picture would be a great option. If you plan to give the tapestry as a present to a friend or loved one, then her photo or a photo of the two of you together is a great option.

  2. 2

    Place the photo in the centre of your tapestry fabric leaving a few inches of space on the sides. You need this space later when you attach the tapestry fabric to the frame.

  3. 3

    Scan your photo. Use "Paint" or "Adobe Photoshop" or any photo-editing software to make necessary adjustments or editing, such as removing red-eye.

  4. 4

    Print your photo onto the heat transfer paper.

  5. 5

    Place the tapestry on a flat surface. Pin the heat transfer paper onto the tapestry fabric using your straight pins to make sure it doesn't slip out of place.

  6. 6

    Press the heat transfer paper with a hot iron. Do this carefully, making sure that the photo has been completely transferred to the fabric.

  7. 7

    Place the tapestry into a tapestry frame.

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