Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Vintage Fabric Photo Matting Tutorial

I love the sepia toned photos in the living room, but with just plain white mattings they looked a little dull. I decided to add some interest with pretty vintage fabrics that coordinated with the room. Here's how I did it...
Step 1- I purchased several photo mattings, (on sale at Hobby Lobby) and then chose my fabrics.
Step 2- I cut the fabric to the same height and width as the matting. On the interior, I cut out the center leaving about an inch of fabric on all sides.
Step 3- Cut a diagonal line to each corner.

Step 4- On the right side of the matting, I placed a line of glue near the outside edge (basic glue stick) and positioned the fabric lining up the edges.

Step 5- Flip the matting over and fold and secure the inside edges.

Step 6- Center your picture and place in the frame. That's it! A pretty easy way to brighten up a picture wall.

This project is also part of the "Make Your Monday" link event on Kim's Twice Remembered blog. Click here for other Make Your Monday participants.

14 comments:

Marilyn in NM said...

I love this project and I love the pictures of Ubu. We just got home yesterday from the DC in Loveland, CO and had a great time. We went to Rio Rancho for Sunday the 5th then Fri & Sat in Loveland so we'd have an extra couple of days with my sis. We sure enjoyed the family, too.
I couldn't wait to get home, though and now I can try your project out on some pics I took of my new great nephew.
Hugs,
Marilyn in NM

Stephanie said...

Love the sepia tone photo against the bright patterned mat. Ubu looks wonderful.

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

very very cool!
really highlights the subject and gives the room a young cohesive look. Well done

goldenbird said...

The fabric matted photos look great. I like the blue next to the picture of Ubu.

I'm so sorry you lost Ubu. Dogs are so special, and that must be difficult after 14 years. Take care.

Sugar Bear said...

A lovely idea. Thank you for sharing the how to. The frames are a beautiful tribute to Ubu.
Karla

Wagonwife Designs said...

I love this project. Thanks for sharing. And of course you always have great fabric!!!!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Such a great idea! ...and if you change your decor or color scheme down the line, it's easy to switch that up too...brilliant!!
Smiles, Karen

Natalie said...

Such a good idea...I am in the process of making a twin size quilt out of vintage sheets for my daughter, and this would be a great project to use with some of the extra fabric.

claudie said...

You make it look so easy.
It looks fab. I have soooo many frames that could use a beautiful mat like that.
Of course I adore your fur baby in the pictures.
Happy MYM
Love Claudie from Canada
xo

claudie said...

I'm sorry I did not realize that Ubu was at Rainbow Bridge.
xo

Jen R. said...

These are super cute! :)

Twice Remembered said...

I love the way these turned out, Kim. They really do make your photos all the more interesting. And it looks to be super easy - great tutorial!

Thank you for sharing and I hope you join in again for more Make Your Mondays!

Gayla said...

wow, what a brilliant idea! i would never have thought of that! and a great project for someone like me who LOVES fabrics but has zero sewing skills! Thanks so much for sharing. =)

Stephanie said...

I just bought the blue fabric in this picture today from the local Goodwill. It is in the washer as I type. Do you know anything about Crompton-Richmond Fabric. I bought a cute remnant today and have searched flickr and Etsy and Ebay and can't find out anything about it. Love love love your fabric shop. Just looked thru it and some of your flickr pictures.
Stephanie Coop