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Framed Fabric




A little creative presentation can turn basic printed fabrics into beautiful works of art. Use geometric frames for a modern look; try round embroidery hoops for a more whimsical aesthetic.

Resources: All tools and materials available at your local fabric, art, or craft supplies store.


  • For framed fabric: Frame
  • Fabric
  • Painter's tape
  • Utility or craft knife
  • Foam core
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Duct tape
  • For embroidery hoop: Fabric
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Double-sided tape
  • Fabric scissors


  1. Step 1

    Choose desired fabric and mark center of pattern with strip of painter's tape.

  2. Step 2

    With a utility or craft knife, cut foam core slightly smaller than backboard of frame, and with a pencil and ruler, draw a line down the center of the foam core.

  3. Step 3

    Place fabric on surface, wrong side up, and place foam core on top of fabric, lining up center of fabric with center line on foam core.

  4. Step 4

    Fold fabric around foam core and secure with duct tape. First fold short ends and then long ends, folding corners neatly as you go. For the final side, first tack down both ends with painter's tape and then secure firmly with duct tape.

  5. Step 5

    Place fabric-wrapped foam core into frame and close up back of frame.

  6. Step 6

    Choose desired fabric that will fit the diameter of your embroidery hoop.

  7. Step 7

    Separate rings of hoop and place the inner ring under the piece of fabric.

  8. Step 8

    Place outside ring over inner ring and tighten screw on hoop to secure fabric in place.

  9. Step 9

    Flip hoop and fabric over. Trim fabric with scissors, leaving about 1/2-inch overhang.

  10. Step 10

    Cover the inside of the inner ring with double-sided tape and fold excess fabric into hoop to adhere.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2011



Reviews (3)

  • mrikia 8 Apr, 2011

    Crafty mama, the animal fabric is made by Kate Spain ( with Moda), it'a adorable

  • daisysday 31 Mar, 2011

    When making the fabric embroidery hoop wall hangings, I would
    include a piece of thicker fabric like 'warm and natural' or a
    lightweight fleece in a neutral color and place on back of the
    fabric. Cut this out along with the fabric and place both in the
    hoop. This adds a little 'depth' to the pieces.

  • CraftyMama13 31 Mar, 2011

    Does anyone know who makes that animal fabric! It's adorable!!