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How to Make a Padded Picture Frame

Updated April 17, 2017

Photo albums are appropriate for keeping a large number of photos organised, but they also hide your photos from plain sight. Display your photos on shelves or walls with decorative padded picture frames. Make your own padded picture frames for less than padded frames found in stores. All you need is a few inexpensive supplies from the craft store. You can even use up scraps of fabric from sewing projects to make your frames.

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  1. Open the back of the picture frame. Remove the back, anything inside the frame and the glass. You may need a flathead screwdriver to pry up metal tabs, depending on the design of your frame. Some frames come without glass, such as unfinished wooden frames in craft stores.

  2. Place the frame face down on a piece of quilt batting. Trace the outline of the frame with a fine tip marker on the batting. Cut the piece of batting out.

  3. Adhere the piece of batting to the face of the frame with spray adhesive. Let the adhesive dry for 1 hour.

  4. Lay the fabric on your work surface with the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Trace the outline of the frame on the fabric the same way you did on the batting, but use tailor's chalk this time.

  5. Measure 2 inches from the outline you drew and cut the fabric along this measurement. You will wrap this extra fabric to the back of the frame.

  6. Use a rotary cutter to cut an X in the centre of the frame outline, where you traced the picture window of the frame. Make the X from corner to corner so the fabric can be wrapped to the back of the frame in the centre.

  7. Lay the frame batting side down on the piece of fabric. Pull the flaps of fabric in the centre of the frame created by the X you cut through the centre to the back of the frame. Use a staple gun to secure the flaps of fabric to the backside of the frame. Trim any excess fabric with scissors.

  8. Wrap the fabric at the outside edges of the frame around to the back of the frame. Secure the fabric in place with the staple gun and trim excess fabric.

  9. Replace the glass, contents and back of the frame. Close the frame.

  10. Tip

    The amount of fabric you need depends on the side of the frame. Measure your frame's height and width and add 4 inches to each measurement to determine the size of fabric you need. Sew several smaller scraps of fabric together to create one larger piece for a quilted padded picture frame.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wide flat picture frame
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Quilt batting
  • Fine tip marker
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Rotary cutter
  • Staple gun

About the Author

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.

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