Introduction: Fabric Panel Wall Art With Embellishments

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Why not give your Mom a unique decorative fabric panel to hang on her wall for a Mother's Day gift; some added embellishments gives it a nice personal touch.

Step 1: Materials:

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I picked up some fabric from the "remnants" pile at a fabric store, which cost about $5 with enough left over to make a second panel. The picture frame was just $1.25 at a dollar store. The beads, thread, and buttons I had lying around at home, making this a fairly inexpensive project (shh, don't tell Mom it was so cheap!)

  • Pretty fabric
  • Picture frame (I used a certificate frame, 8.5X11in)
  • Thread, needle, scissors
  • Buttons, beads, ribbon, lace, embroidery thread, grommets (what ever you can think of to add to your fabric).

You can make these as large or small as you'd like; poster size would look great, or how about several small matching 5X7in frames.

Step 2: Measure and Cut

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Find the part of the fabric you plan to use and cut out an area that is about 5cm (2 inches) larger (width and height) than the frame.

Step 3: Beaded Flower

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Adding beads are an easy way to add some accents to your fabric. I used thread that matched the colour of the bead.

Step 4: Covered Button

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Covered buttons are cute and will add a neat 3D effect to the flower centre, I also added some french knots to this flower as well (see step 6 for french knots).

  • For this, you will need a button with a shank.
  • Cut a circle of fabric that is large enough to cover the button and fold over the inside too.
  • Sew (running stitch) around the edge of the circle of fabric.
  • Pull the ends of the thread like drawstrings, and knot the thread tightly.
  • Sew button in place.

Step 5: Bow and Button

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I added a simple bow that I made from white ribbon and added a button on top for this flower.

To make the bow

  • Poke the needle up through one end of the ribbon.
  • Make a small loop with the long end of the ribbon and poke it through the needle. Adjust the size of the loop to make the bow bigger or smaller.
  • Fold the long end of the ribbon up and over at an angle and poke it through the needle again.
  • Form the second loop, poking it through the needle.
  • Repeat until you have as many loops as you want.
  • Thread the needle back and forth through the centre of the bow to secure the loops.
  • Cut off excess ribbon.
  • Sew bow and button in place.

Step 6: French Knots

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The leaves on my fabric had little blue spots on them, so I decided to add french knots with embroidery thread.

French knots (or knotted stitch) are as follows:

  • From the underside of the fabric pull the threaded needle through.
  • Loop the thread around the needle twice.
  • Poke the needle down through the fabric (not through the same hole).

Wikipedia has a nice diagram of this knot, as well as other interesting stitches here.

Step 7: Backstitching

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I had a bunch of embroidery thread left over from a cross-stitch project, so I used the thread to back-stitch along the printed brown circles on the fabric's pattern.

Step 8: Finishing Up

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When you are finished with the embellishments, remove the glass (we won't need it) and the backing from the picture frame.

  • Place the frame over the fabric.
  • Fold over the edges of the fabric and tuck in the corners. Make sure that the fabric is pulled tight.
  • Place the frame backing on the frame, and fold over the metal clips so that it holds everything in place.
  • It's ready to hang!


imakeit (author)2009-07-02

Fabulous creation! Great work, like the pattern and colors!

ChrysN (author)imakeit2009-07-02

Thanks, I was really happy I found this fabric.

chica7bonita (author)2009-06-21

I like this a lot! Going to try it next week! :-)

eetzel (author)2009-06-03

This was not a "cheap" gift - you are very talented

ChrysN (author)eetzel2009-06-03


ACDmommy (author)2009-05-18

Love the fabric. Does it have a name? I'd love to find something similar.

ChrysN (author)ACDmommy2009-05-18

It is called Dharma/Hip by Robert Allen, here is a link:

I bought it from a fabric store that deals mostly with upholstery fabric.

ashleyvelez (author)2009-05-14

very awesome! you taught me how to do a french knot :) I love your work

ChrysN (author)ashleyvelez2009-05-14


adidame (author)2009-05-13

I did something like this without the embellishments. I like what you did!

ChrysN (author)adidame2009-05-13

Cool project, using ceiling tiles is a great idea and a nice way to store jewelry.

porcupinemamma (author)2009-05-13

Excellent instructable! Beautiful project. Thanks for sharing.

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