Fabric on Canvas

At one point, when I must have had too much time on my hands, I had aspirations of learning to paint and creating art for our home.  Never mind that I don’t have any natural ability to draw, but I thought, “Surely painting can’t be that hard, can it?”  Well, yes, it can be that hard.  Really hard, since painting requires a lot of skill in not only drawing, but also in mixing colors – another area where I have no natural skill.  What I do have now is a bunch of paint, a few brushes, some how-to-paint books and a several canvases.

Amy  posted about stretching fabric over a canvas in her sewing area that turned out just beautifully.  So what did I do?  I copied her!  I got out the staple gun, some old canvases and went to town.  These are quick projects.

Forest Canvas

This one won’t be hung this low permanently.  Little hands could surely do some damage… This is Amy Butler’s Forest fabric that just arrived at my fabric store.   

I am trying to create some unity within the living area – blue and green, fabric that matches the pillows.  I really don’t know what I’m doing, but the nice thing is that if I change my mind, with some careful staple prying, this fabric can still be turned into purses!

I’ve put fabric on canvas before, but never with much success.  I think because I tried sewing them together first and the seam gives it a bulkiness that the raw edges don’t.  Thanks for the idea, Amy!

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Now for ‘fess up time.  I never tried to mislead anyone, but the blanket in the last post was NOT a quilt.  It was 2 layers of fabric, patchwork and chenille, that I sewed together (right sides together) turned right side out and finished off with a decorative stitch around the edge.  There was no batting and no quilting involved, but through some mysterious forces, the 2 pieces of fabric stick together quite well.  This project took less than an hour.  Is anyone interested in a tutorial?  I’ve never done one, but this is such an easy project that I might be able to pull it off.

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And finally, I think in this crafty blog world, I may have come across some of the kindest people on the planet.  You guys are just all so nice!  A few posts ago, I wondered if anyone had any spare yarn labels, and pack rat Cathy gave me a huge bag filled with beautiful yarn labels!  She also included some of her handmade soaps.  I am usually sensitive to strong perfumes and was a little nervous when I noticed the scent, but the fragrance is so delicate and sweet – and these have been in my craft room all afternoon making the room smell nice. Thank you, Cathy – you are so incredibly generous and talented – you have a beautiful product here.

   

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I am thrilled!  Thank you!  Hopefully the yarn labels will make a pretty collage on one of my spare canvases.🙂

13 Responses to “Fabric on Canvas”


  1. 1 Megan July 3, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    Well done, Linda, they look great. I love to hang fabric on my wall, but then I just love fabric!

  2. 2 beki July 3, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    What a great idea, your canvas looks really pretty. I’ll have to remember this when I’m decorating my studio, or any other room for that matter.
    It looks like you got some great things in the mail. Don’t you just love these awesome crafty bloggers??

  3. 3 kathy July 4, 2006 at 12:25 am

    Your fabric wall hangings look fabulous. My walls are extremely bare at the moment. Very inspiring.

  4. 4 Elizabeth k July 4, 2006 at 9:27 am

    I also have fabric stretched over a canvas. I bought a yard of it because I fell in love with it and when I bought my condo I wanted to make curtains with it, but I didn’t have enough. So now it’s art!

  5. 5 Natalie Joy July 4, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    Great “art”. It fits who you are so well. I love getting surprises, too. What special gifts.

  6. 6 capello July 4, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    I love your canvases. They turned out great!

  7. 7 Pam in Colorado July 5, 2006 at 1:29 am

    Oh, tutorials… Since I am new to the purse making, blanket making, crafty blogs… I think a tutorial that is easy would be fun.

    I’m excited that there is material that looks like you quilted. Thanks for fessing up, now where did you find such a wonderful invention. I think actually making a quilt is a few years off yet!

  8. 8 Cathy July 5, 2006 at 9:31 am

    Your canvases look great! It is such a cool idea.

    And Yay! I’m glad your package got there. And don’t just use that soap as an air freshener… handmade soap is wonderful for your skin, much better than the soap you get at the store. I hope you enjoy it!

  9. 9 Cindi July 5, 2006 at 9:57 am

    I think I wouldn’t hide that lovely lovely material in the bag as a lining. I think I would have to make it the outside! I never thought of using material as a hanging artwork alone. Love the idea!

  10. 10 weirdbunny July 5, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    Loving the fabric art work!

  11. 11 Lauri July 5, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    I think the canvas turned out great! And what an inexpensive way to decorate the room…great idea!

    Oh-about the quilt/blanket thing…I do it your way all the time now! lol! I love making the tops…the actual quilting, not so much. It just takes to long. So I totally jumped at the chenille thing when I started seeing it around! And like you said, it’s very quick and easy…really doesn’t get much easier, unless you just use, oh say, about a yard/yard and a half of regular fabric, not patchworked stuff (depending on the size of the baby/child/person) and make it that way. But don’t ask me how I know that…LOL!

  12. 12 Stacy July 6, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    Wow, you’ve been busy! I love the stretched fabric on canvas idea. I may have to borrow your borrowed idea!

  13. 13 Amy July 8, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    I think it turned out lovely – your fabric choices are very nice.

    Hey – quilt is a pretty loose term these days. It’s handmade — not bought at Walmart – and that is what matters.


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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It's what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 12, 13, and 14), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and a pattern designer.
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