How to Mount Fabric Artwork

Updated April 17, 2017

Well-framed artwork can add beauty to plain walls by adding a splash of colour and texture. You can create an attractive wall collage by mounting small fabric motifs in multiple wooden canvas frames or a single large sized frame as a wall embellishment.

Wash the fabric, if needed. Iron on high from the back side to remove creases.

Measure and mark 2 inches outside the design and trim the extra fabric.

Lay the artwork flat and face down on the work surface and smooth the edges. Make sure the fabric is positioned correctly for accurate framing.

Purchase a wooden canvas frame according to your finished artwork size. Position it on top of your prepared artwork. Make sure the edges are aligned straight to avoid a lopsided finish.

Stretch the fabric around the frame edges carefully and use tape to secure the fabric at the back. Check the front and make adjustments if needed.

Use the staple gun to staple the fabric to the canvas on all sides. Fold the corner edges neatly and staple them for a smooth finish.


Spread a clean newspaper on the work desk before laying the artwork. Pull a single thread out from the four sides of the fabric and use as guidelines to help set the frame straight. Staple the fabric evenly, keeping a gap of 2 to 3 inches between each staple. Use stretcher bars if your fabric material is difficult to manage.


Do not pull the fabric too taut as it may produce creases at the front.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Measuring tape
  • Wooden canvas frame
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
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