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how to frame dishtowels (a tutorial)

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For my birthday this year, my mother-in-law gifted me some flour sack dishtowels from one of my favorite Etsy shops-Oh, Little Rabbit. I loved them so much, I decided to use them as wall art!

Much cheaper than prints, I am so happy with the results.
Start with a dishtowel (or two…or three)…

Take out the cardboard backing from your frame and wrap the dishtowel around it.

Using painters tape, tape the dishtowel to your backing, pulling the towel taut as you tape….

Why painters tape? As much as I like to change things up and switch things out in my home, I didn’t want to make it so I couldn’t use these towels as, well, dishtowels again in the future. I can easily unframe, untape, and no harm would have been done to them.

Insert the backing (on top of the glass) into your frame, and continue to tape so that no excess fabric is hanging from the frame.

After I hung the frame back on the wall, I noticed the frame didn’t lay flat against the wall…

A little bit of foam tape on the bottom corner of the frame fixed that.

What’s your favorite non-traditional item to frame up?
Wallpaper, fabric, dishtowels…would love to know!

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Brianna

Thursday 15th of October 2020

Did you just use a typical photo frame?

Iomay

Wednesday 10th of August 2011

I am echoing Amy's "Love Love Love" comment!!!! This is something I'd never think of doing but it's a pretty simple way of giving your home some art! :) Thanks!

Amy

Tuesday 9th of August 2011

LOVE LOVE LOVE these. I did something similar by wrapping a cool table cloth around a simple wooden frame that I made to make a huge wall hanging for cheap. Ya I thought my table cloth was cool but I think your tea towels are AMAZING!

Anita

Monday 8th of August 2011

What a great idea! I have some fabric pieces that I would love to frame and you've given me a fine tutorial on how to do so. Thanks!