How to make a cheap but professional fabric backdrop

Written by cameron easey
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How to make a cheap but professional fabric backdrop
A professional backdrop can be made from muslin fabric. (Digital Vision/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A cheap and professional looking backdrop can be made using materials that are found in theatres and photography studios. The most versatile material to use for a backdrop is a fabric called muslin. This fabric can be easily shaped and transformed into any type of backdrop. Making a backdrop that looks professional requires proper preparation of the fabric.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 6 yards of Muslin fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Fusible tape
  • Clamps
  • Clothespins

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  1. 1

    Roll out the muslin and measure the width with a tape measure. The muslin should be a minimum of 100 inches.

  2. 2

    Wash the muslin in your washer on the "Regular" setting. Dry the fabric in the dryer using the "Automatic" setting.

  3. 3

    Roll out the fabric on the floor. Place a straightedge on one side and draw a line with a pencil. Cut on the line with the scissors. Repeat this step on the other side of the fabric.

  4. 4

    Place a strip of fusible tape along each side to create a hem for the edges. Begin to carefully fold along each edge to create a clean line.

  5. 5

    Lay the edges of the fabric on the ironing board. Apply heat to the fusible tape with the iron to seal the edges.

  6. 6

    Secure your new backdrop by using clamps or clothespins.

Tips and warnings

  • Muslin can be dyed to any colour you want to use for a backdrop.

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