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DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames + Bonus Scrap Ribbon Initial Craft

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations This post is brought to you in partnership with Waverly Inspirations and its parent company, Iconix. I have been compensated for my time. All opinions and ideas are my own. Read our full disclosure policy here.

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames

We love crafting in this house and are enjoying a pretty hot summer here in Atlanta so far. That means we spend a lot more time inside because the air quality is not always that great. That also means we get plenty of time to craft and so we created these DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames with a little help from our friends at Waverly Inspirations.

About Waverly Inspirations

The Waverly Inspirations collection takes its design direction from its rich archives of American design and updates these patterns for today's consumer. Whether you are a beginner sewer or crafter, or an experienced one, Waverly Inspirations has something for everyone. From fabric to ribbon, from craft paint to home décor. Waverly Inspirations can help you with all of your decorating needs.

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These adorable frames are perfect to bring a pop of color into the room or just to feature some great fabrics because you need more decor for the walls.

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations Materials

  • Scissors
  • Fabric + Ribbon (we used Waverly Inspirations fabric available here.)
  • Picture frames (we used Better Homes & Gardens frames available at Walmart)
  • Glue (we used Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue)
  • White Paint
  • Paint brushes (one large and one small)
  • Garbage bags or tarp
  • Stapler

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations Directions

Step 1

I laid down a few garbage bags on the kitchen table to protect. Next uwrap the frames and quickly paint a coat of white over them. Do not worry about the color of the frame showing through. This is more of a rustic project and the color showing through adds to the charm. Let each frame dry thoroughly. In hindsight, I should have painted all four frames instead of just the two that were framing the fabric. I can see that dark wood of the frame coming through on the fabric covered frames but I still love the overall look.

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations

Step 2

Lay out the fabric over the frame and cut about inch less than the size of the frame. Use the tacky glue and generously cover the back part of the frame. Let glue sit a minute or two then place your fabric on the back side of the frame over the glue. Hold firmly in place and make certain that the front where the fabric is showing is to your liking. Repeat steps with second frame. Allow both frames to dry overnight.

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations

Step 3

Now it's time to cover the second set of frames in fabric. Each frame had to be prepped by removing the cardboard backing with a sharp pair of scissors. They came right off. Next we laid the fabric over the top of the frame and cut two inches all around the frame. Then we applied glue generously to the front of the frame and stretched the fabric across while holding in place for a few minutes.

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations

Step 4

Since we pieced together fabric for this particular fabric choice, there were a few lines that wanted to cover with ribbon. I quickly cut a few pieces of ribbon in a coordinating color and glued it on. You can see it in the second picture below.

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations Step 5

You are almost finished and now ready to make the hanging part of the picture. Use a coordinating color of ribbon and cut a 16 inch piece of ribbon. Add glue to half and fold completely marrying the glued ribbon. Hold together for a few minutes to set it properly and then let dry. Once the ribbon pieces are fully dry, staple them to the back of your fabric colored frame.

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations

This project was fairly easy but time consuming because we needed to let everything dry. It is very humid here in Georgia so everything took a few days to dry completely. We are thrilled with how cute this project turned out. It really is the perfect way to add some color to any room.

DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames Waverly Inspirations BONUS Scrap Ribbon Monogram Initial Craft

I had this letter laying around that my daughter painted for me years ago. I wasn't sure what to do with it and I had these two spools of ribbon that were nice, bright colors. We used 6 yards of ribbon and a LOT of glue to complete this project. We only covered the front of the initial with ribbon instead of wrapping which makes it the perfect project for some of the scrap ribbon you might have laying around. Look how adorable it turned out and it was so easy to make.

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DIY Scrap Ribbon Monogram Initial Craft Waverly Inspirations DIY Scrap Ribbon Monogram Initial Craft Waverly InspirationsDIY Scrap Ribbon Monogram Initial Craft Waverly Inspirations DIY Scrap Ribbon Monogram Initial Craft Waverly Inspirations DIY Scrap Ribbon Monogram Initial Craft Waverly InspirationsDIY Scrap Ribbon Monogram Initial Craft Waverly InspirationsStay tuned for an update of these frames. We are working on redesigning my office right now and I am planning to use the frames along with some other items for a gallery wall. I will post updated pictures when the project is complete. We hope that you love these DIY No Sew Decorative Fabric Frames as much as we do.

DIY Decorative Fabric Frames

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  1. robin masshole mommy

    That is a seriously cute idea. My mom’s birthday is coming up so I think I might make her one 🙂

  2. Meagan

    These are too adorable! They look simple enough that I could pull them off too.

  3. You’re so crafty! I’m not sure I have it in me to make these…but I’d buy them on Etsy! 😉

  4. These fabric frames are totally adorable. The easy to follow step-by-step instructions are perfect for someone like me who’s a visual and kinetic learner.

  5. Val

    I love the idea of no sew decorative fabric frames, these are really cute and look like an easy enough craft idea to do!

  6. Pam

    I love no sew crafts, mostly because I am not very good at sewing. That monogram initial is my favorite, I think. 

  7. Rosey

    It’s nice how they turn out. They don’t look all that hard to do either!

  8. That turned out real well! I like how simple it is to make.

  9. What a fun idea! My daughter would love this, and the original work would be lovely around the house.

  10. This is so cool! My daughter loves DIY crafts during summer. She will surely love this ides!

  11. Those frames are so cool and looks easy enough to make. Waverly makes the cutest fabrics and ribbons too. I’ve used them in my sewing/crafting projects in the past.

  12. These are such great ideas! I never would have thought to use fabric to make picture frames prettier.

  13. This looks like such a cute craft!! My daughter had gotten really into pictures this year, this would be a craft she would love to make.

  14. That’s a sweet DIY project I’d say! This goes to most people like me who would keep pictures and think about displaying them rather than keeping them in your phone gallery.

  15. This is a great little project.
    I plan on sharing this with my niece.

  16. I love both of these, this can totally transform a space. It is also a great way to add color, print and texture into the mix.

  17. I love the the frame idea, this would be perfect to add to my living room.

  18. Amy Desrosiers

    This is such a great idea! I could use some decor for my room that would match well.

  19. These turned out beautifully! What a great way to add a pop of color to any room. I love this!

  20. Ann Bacciaglia

    I will have to get the supplies I need to make these. I love no sew projects. I hope mine turn out as well as yours.

  21. Kristin

    Now this looks so fun and bright! Perfect for summer. I really want to try something like this, I’m not crafty but this looks like something I could do. 

  22. Kathy

    Those are such great ideas. I need to make some of those picture frames. It makes them stand out a lot more, which I love.

  23. So pretty and beachy! I love the fabrics you chose and the ribbon was right on with that contrast detailing!!

  24. These are absolutely adorable! My daughter would love to have these in her room!

  25. Love it! I am not that great at sewing so no-sew projects appeal to me. I could see making a ton of them in my girls’ room.

  26. Nikki Wayne

    Oh, nice frames. These are great as gifts too! I super love this brilliant idea.

  27. These frames are too cute!! I love a good DIY project!!

  28. Michelle

    I’m currently fixing up our daughters nursery, this is a fantastic idea to go over her crib. I have been going crazy trying to find something that is budget friendly and still adds my style.

  29. Chrysa Kieke Duran

    Such a cute project to make a space more your own and unique. I have always been looking for picture frames that meet my style but can never find them. The answer is to make them like this myself.

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