Crafts & Creative Ideas

Making Fabric-Covered Mats

Want to know a super easy trick to making a frame look more fun and personal? Wrap it in your favorite fabric! I’m going to show you how simple it is to do with step-by-step instructions below. This whole process took me about ten minutes. ๐Ÿ˜€

I have a few of these scattered throughout my home plus a few more that I bring out during holidays. I think fabric-covered mats are a fun way to make something look more unique for your home or shelf. They also make great gifts!

Here’s what you’ll need:
– a mat from a frame, any size will do (*keep in mind, not all frames can fit a mat, so be sure to plan ahead and pick a frame that has enough space to fit a mat inside)
– a piece of fabric, cut just larger than the mat (no more than an inch larger on all sides)
– Scotch tape
– scissors
– a Retractable Knife (not necessary, but helpful)
– a Cutting Mat (โ† this one comes with a Precision Blade!) or a thick piece of cardboard to cut on

1) Iron your fabric if it’s wrinkled. (I used a jersey print for the pictures in this tutorial – which I don’t really recommend – and knew it would stretch well to get rid of any minor wrinkles.) Lay your mat face down in the center of your upside down fabric.
2) Tape your mat to your fabric on two sides just to keep it secure while you’re working. I just used two little pieces of tape and secured it in the middle. Cut your fabric at a diagonal to one corner of your mat. In the picture, you’ll see my thumb at the diagonal cut and my pointer finger at the tape.
3) Cut another diagonal line on the other edge of the frame, thus cutting off that triangular piece of fabric. Do that to all four corners.
4) Starting on one edge, fold up the fabric and tape it to the mat. I usually tape it in the corner first, then I tape it in the other corner, and then I add one or two pieces of tape to the middle.
5) Continue taping the fabric around all edges of the frame, carefully pulling the fabric so that it’s not too loose. (Remember that you’ll have to remove the little pieces of tape you used to secure the frame in place when you started.) It should look like this when you finished this step:
6) Place the mat on a piece of thick cardboard or a cutting mat if you have one. Using a box-cutter, Exacto knife, or Precision Blade, cut an X from one corner to the other. If you don’t have one of these tools, you can use scissors. Gently poke a hole in the center of the fabric and then just cut your X to the corners.
7) Next, cut off a triangle of fabric from each section leaving a little less than an inch on each side. You’re going to repeat the same steps of flipping the fabric over the mat and taping it.
8) Ta da! You’re finished. It doesn’t look pretty or professional from the back- but it doesn’t need to. Nobody will see it. Also, the reason I use tape instead of glue is that it it easy to change out if I want. It’s not permanently damaging the mat. Plus, it’s so much faster and easier to use!

I think these frames with fabric-covered mats look really pretty with quotes, like the one shown above and this one that I have in my craft room:

But they also look really pretty with black and white photos. Sometimes with the business or colorful pattern of the fabric, a more subdued photo looks best. This is in my laundry room…
But I have also used a color photo – sometimes the pop of color is best. I bring this out every February and set it in my kitchen. ๐Ÿ’•
If you would prefer to watch these steps as a video, I recorded a tutorial and saved it under my Story Highlights on Instagram @createdbeloved.

I hope you enjoyed this craft and I’d love to hear if you make a fabric-covered mat of your own!

(This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you purchase any recommended books from these links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you, so thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š)
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

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