20 minute crafter: fabric covered photo mat

i had this adorable print from modmemento and just knew it needed a frame and mat with a little spunk...i bought the frame ($5 from micheals) and it came with a BLAND off white mat...i thought for a minute and came up with this fun and funky alternative...and the the best part is that i had everything on hand...you just may too...
you will need:
a mat
a piece of fabric a couple inches taller and wider than your mat
heat and bond no-sew variety.
iron
cut your piece of fabric a bit bigger than your mat...i used about an inch on each side...do the same thing with your heat and bond...iron the heat and bond onto the back of your fabric and peel off the paper backing...
center your mat under the fabric and cery carefully use your iron to tack the fabric in place...be sure to not go crazy or you will iron your fabric onto your ironing board...at this point you are just trying to hold it in place...
flip over...cut a triangle off of each corner...fold in and iron in place...like wrapping a gift...
once you get the outside finished...cut out the center rectangle of your fabric...be sure to stay an inch or so away from the edge...cut from the corner of the fabric to the corner of your mat...fold in each as before and iron down...
this photo shows a little better what i meant by cutting to the corner.  fold each side in and iron flat...when done with that you can turn it over and iron the front flat down...
add your print and pop it in a frame...unique and colorful cuteness. :) 

sorry the photos aren't super...we are having a dreary wet day here with minimal sun...i'll answer any questions in the comments. :) 


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14 comments:

Simply Sara said...

Such a great and creative idea! Thanks for sharing!!

marie said...

Very fun and easy!

I love all the fabrics you use for your crafting. Do you buy them locally or order them online?

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Very awesome and cheerful!

JoDee said...

Love this idea, and I have no idea why I never thought of it! This will definitely be going on my project list!!

Thanks!!

Ben and Taryn said...

LOVE it!

Angie Mae said...

Love it! I'm definitely doing this! Thanks for sharing!!!

BC said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! Madly in love with this! I MUST share this on my facebook page. :)

Tara said...

My mind is spinning with how I can use this idea in my home. Glad to see your post today. Hope you are having a good week. If you'd like, pop over to my blog for a giveaway. www.myjadiecakes.blogspot.com

Donna said...

Love it!

april@gingerbread girl said...

very cute!

Holly said...

I love it! Very cute!

Just Jenae said...

Very cute it sure adds a nice pop of color. I'm not too sure about the print though. If that were true we would live at our church on the basketball court! ;)

radn said...

I love the print and the matte makes it look great!

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Kate said...

I will definitely be doing this. LOVE it!

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