Fabric Art Wall Hanging Ideas

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Fabric Art Wall Hanging Ideas
Printed fabric can be used to make wall art. (Fabric image by cacheman from Fotolia.com)

Fabric provides an affordable option to wall art. Large amounts of wall space can be decorated using fabric. Embellish the fabric with paint or hang as is. Special pieces of clothing can be brought out of storage to create fabric wall art that will bring back memories. Decorative quilts can also be hung with care.

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Covered Canvas

A favourite piece of fabric can be used to cover a gallery wrapped piece of canvas to create custom wall art. Fabric comes in a wide variety of patterns, colours and textures; find the one that suits your decor. Use a staple gun to affix the fabric to the canvas by laying the fabric on the floor with the pattern facing down and then placing the canvas on top. Wrap the edges and staple securely to the back of the canvas frame.

Replace the fabric when you change decorating colour schemes or styles, such as starting with nursery print and changing to a favourite cartoon character or pattern as a child grows.

Stencilled Fabric Panels

Create a fabric panel using a 6-inch by 20-inch piece of plain fabric, stencils, paint and a dowel. Design or purchase a stencil. If designing, consider using clip art and card stock to create simple shapes. Lay the stencils on the fabric, use paint and a sponge to dab the colour into the stencil shape. Reposition and reapply paint as many times as necessary.

Cut a V shape in the centre top of the fabric, fold the top edge down over a dowel and secure with fabric glue. Thread a cord around the dowel through the V notch in the centre. Slide a large bead over this piece of cording to secure. Hang with this cord.

Clothing Art

Choose pieces of clothing that mean something to you, such as baby clothes, a special dress or sports uniform. Place in a deep frame. Wrap the background board with a piece of coordinating fabric before arranging the items inside. The clothing may need to be lightly stuffed with tissue paper to create a filled-out appearance.


Quilts have a long tradition of being used as wall art. The intricate stitches and designs can be used to decorate your walls rather than your bed. Display a favourite quilt by using a quilt hanger. Two planks fitted with wooden knobs clamp the quilt in place with gentle, even pressure. This design also keeps the quilt slightly away from the wall, allowing the fabric to breathe.

Another safe way to hang a quilt is to sew a sleeve onto the back. Use a basting stitch to add a layer of fabric that will hold a curtain rod or wooden dowel.

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