Decoupage Fabric Picture Frame

by Dena
(Raleigh)

I am trying to decoupage a picture frame with remnants of fabric from my grandmother's sewing room (gifts for my cousins). The first two "test" frames have not turned out as well as I had planned. To give you some background, I did nothing to prep the surface except brush on a thin layer of decoupage mixture (not Mod Podge) attach the remnant (mostly little strips) and brush a thin layer on top. My frame looks very homemade and not like I envisioned. Any tips??

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Fabric Decoupage Tips...
by: Jesika

Hi Dena,

While I'm not an expert at decoupaging with fabric, I do have a couple tips.

First of all I do recommend that you paint the surface of the frame with acrylic paint if it is currently unfinished. Let it dry completely.

Also, the fabric should be washed with mild detergent, dried and well ironed.

Next, I recommend that you coat the fabric with a layer of mod podge or varnish before you apply it to the frame; allow to dry. If needed, trim any frayed edges after it is dry. The fabric will be easy to cut at this point.

Then, take the fabric and glue it to your frame, smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles from the center out. Allow to dry again before applying varnish or mod podge (mod podge may not be my favorite but it would work fine I think for this).

You can trim excess fabric from the edges of the frame after it is decoupaged... using good quality sharp scissors.

You can also stretch fabric around the frame and staple it to the back with a staple gun if it suits your particular needs better, it really depends on the project, the fabric and the base.

Without seeing or knowing more about your particular project I'm not sure what else to share but I hope this helps.

By the way, what a great idea to use the remnants of fabric from your grandmother's sewing room... those are precious bits of memorabilia. I happen to have some as well from my great grandmother's sewing room so I really see the value in your homemade gift idea, I bet your cousins will be thrilled and I hope it works out!!! Send me a picture when it does! :)

Jesika

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decoupage frame
by: Dena

Hi Jessica...I finished them last night and have a picture. I abandoned my idea to do a kind of patch work frame but you gave me some GREAT ideas! I had done none of the things you suggested. I plan to do one for myself and see how a patchwork one turns out. How can I send you a picture?

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by: Jesika

I can't tell you how many times my ideas end in a different way than they start! :)

The best way to share a photo is to click on the link below and follow the instructions... it's easy and very appreciated!!!

www.homemadegiftguru.com/homemade-gift-ideas.html



Let me know if you have any problems uploading and I'll be glad to help.

Jesika

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