Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fabric Art

Finding art for our home is always an arduous process, mainly for two reasons:  Bradley and I have differing tastes, and we don't have money to buy nice pieces.  As I'm trying to decorate our new home, I have to be creative with ways to decorate the walls. So far, I think we have three different things hanging on the walls, and we've lived here for three months.  Pathetic.

Remember this pillow I made?   Well, it's designer fabric and one of the things that I love about it is that it comes with a built-in color palette.  This is prefect for people like me who like colors, but don't always know how to put the right colors together in a room   Check this out:

This specific fabric has 13 colors in it, more than enough to choose from!  I just take this piece of the selvage with me when I shop so I can match it up perfectly.  Number 7 is the color on the walls, and number 11 (which you can't really see in this picture) is the color I'm using for some chairs (post coming soon on this!).

Because I love this fabric so much, I decided to use it for some framed art.  Here's what I did:

I bought some frames from Jo-Ann Fabrics in the clearance aisle for $1.97 a piece.  (Just like I've mentioned before about always looking at trash piles on the side of the road, ALWAYS look in the clearance aisle of stores for great finds).

Frame detail with the clearance sticker.  Love a good deal!

I took some linen that I had used for my drapery panels.

I cut three pieces of linen to fit the size of the frames, using the paper picture that came inside the frame.

I then cut out three pieces of fabric, trying to use flower shapes that had the colors I most liked from the palette.

Next, I placed a cutout flower on top of the linen and covered it with spray adhesive, doing this with each separate piece of linen and flower.

I placed the finished fabric in the frame and now I have some framed art to put on my walls!

Even though I now have some more 'art' to add to our collection, these have not been hung on the wall yet.  We still just have three things hanging up in our house.  We'll get there eventually!


  1. I think this is such a good idea! I wish I had some fabric like my new pillows to put on the walls :)

  2. Cute! And I LOVE the colors.

  3. I just realized that my comments post as "Tom." =) Like he really cares about decorating blogs. How do I change that?

  4. Hey Lauren! I just found your blog from Sherri's - but wanted to tell you these look so great! such creative ideas you have :) thanks for sharing!

  5. These are awesome! I'm so impressed with all your creativity!


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