Wall art has a way of finishing off the look of a space. Unfortunately, it can add up quickly if you have a lot of walls to fill. Thankfully, there’s a way you can put some extra flair in your home that’s both unique and stylish: fabric wall panels. Here we’ll break down how to make your own fabric panels step-by-step. By following these simple instructions, you’ll be able to make your own wall art for a fraction of the cost.
The first step is to pick your fabric. In regards to fabric panels, your best bet is to pick a fabric of medium weight. Medium weight fabrics are ideal for this type of project—it’s bendable, without being flimsy.
The next step is to gather your materials. Once you have your choice of fabric, canvas stretchers and a staple gun, you’re pretty much ready to begin. If you’d prefer to create your base with wood, that’s fine, but if you’re looking for convenience, then canvas stretchers are the way to go. You also have the option to stretch your fabric over a foam core rather than a wood one. In this case, you probably won’t need the staple gun. Some glue should suffice.
Finally, it’s time to create your fabric panel. Before you set the canvas stretchers or foam down, layout the fabric and position it in the manner you want it displayed. Cut your fabric, leaving it a bit bigger than the frame. An inch and a half to two inches is usually a safe estimate of how much excess you’ll need to wrap around the edges. Start by putting a staple (or drop of glue) in the center on one of the longer sides and then do it again on the opposite side. After that, do the same thing to the shorter sides. Continue working toward the corners, tightly tugging the fabric as you go. At the corners, fold the fabric as you would gift wrap paper and then staple it into place. If you’d rather not stretch the fabric over the frame, another option would be to neatly cut the fabric to fit the front of it.
Now it’s time to hang it up! If you’d like a visual, check out this great tutorial.
Patterns with Pizzazz
This year, patterns like gingham, feathers and florals are popular. Creating a fabric panel using one of these patterns is an easy way to incorporate a trend without making a huge commitment. We have several fabrics that are sure to be perfect for your décor, so be sure to check them out.
Looking for a fabric store near you in Norman? Come by our Interior Fabrics location in Oklahoma City, OK located on N. May Avenue for the best deals on discount designer fabrics for drapery, upholstery and more! You are sure to find loads of fabric, trim, and accessories for every home interior project whether it is gorgeous drapery fabrics, light weight cottons or luxurious Dupioni Silks.