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Fabric Covered Photo Mat

By: Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza are handcraft designers, Emmy Nominated television hosts, book authors, lifestyle experts and the inventors of Hot Glue Gun Helpers. Their shows can be seen in the United States, Australia, South Africa, The Philippines and on the Armed Forces Network.  They were nominated for two Daytime Emmys. Cathie and Steve has also appeared on numerous network shows and specials for NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY and Food Network.  Programs such as Rachael Ray, IVillage Live, View From the Bay and the Florence Henderson Show have featured their creative ideas.
Create a stylish photo mat with Mod Podge and your favorite designer fabric.
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Skill Level: Beginner


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 8 oz.
Item #987
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Item #CS11201
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish


Other Supplies
Photo Mat
Decorator fabric
Foam paintbrush
Ribbon trim
Wood frame


1. Lay the fabric (print side down) flat on your work surface. Trim the fabric so that it is larger than the mat. 1” extra all the way around should be enough.

2. On the backside, add a drop of Mod Podge to each corner and pull back the corner of the fabric.  Press into the Mod Podge.  Add a strip of Mod Podge down the side edges and fold back the fabric into the Mod Podge.  Smooth with your fingers and make sure the fabric is taut.  

3. Using your scissors, cut a slit in the center of the fabric where the mat opening should be.  Make slices that lead up to each corner.  Trim away excess fabrics if needed.  Apply a coat of Mod Podge around the inside edge of the mat.  Fold back the fabric and pull taut.  On the backside, use Mod Podge to glue the ribbon around the edge of the opening.

4. Paint the frame with Whicker White paint.  Replace the mat into the frame and add a photo.

PROJECT TIP: This same technique can be done with your favorite paper.

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