5b. When you’re satisfied with how
your pieces fit together, use the
fabric/craft glue to attach the pieces
to the foamboard. Once glued down,
place something heavy on each piece
to keep it flat as the glue dries. If
there are layers to your picture, be
sure the bottom layer is completely
dry before gluing the next layer on.
Let the whole thing dry for at least
24 hours before continuing.
6. SECURE YOUR BORDERS
6a. For the borders of your fabric pieces, use the small paintbrush to paint a NOTE: You can buy
tiny line of fabric glue around the edges of your patterns. Then, carefully place cable, lace, and other
the yarn or other border along the glue line to secure it in place. I used regular fabric borders by the
black yarn for the musicians and instruments, and a fancier black cable border yard at any fabric
for the background pieces. store.
6b. For the details, first examine the piece for any black marker lines that can be seen through the fabric.
If you can see them, then use those lines as a guide to paint your fabric glue. If you can’t, you may need to
project the digital image on your piece again to trace the details onto the fabric before you paint the glue
line. Then place the yarn along the glue design, using the stick pins to help with placement as necessary.
Once the glue has dried just enough for the yarn to stay in place, take out the stick pins and, if needed,
place a heavy object on the designs to keep them flat as they dry.
7. FRAME YOUR MASTERPIECE
7a. A beautiful frame not only adds a stylish and professional touch to your
fabric painting, it also keeps the foamboard from warping and provides
an easy way to hang your piece. If you can find the correct size frame, simply
mount the piece as you would any picture.
If this is not possible, as in my case, take it to a framing shop to have it custom
framed. Price depends on size and type of frame. I had mine framed at Michaels
for about $80.
7b. Now it’s time to enjoy your results. Not only have you recreated your
favorite painting into your own masterpiece, but you’ve also been able to
customize the size, colors, and texture to fit perfectly — in both your home
and your budget. And it was fun.