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How to make a fabric wall hanging as wall art or photo backdrop

This post is sponsored by T & Co Fabrics

If you are like me in a floral everything phase you will definitely appreciate my choice of botanical fabric from T & Co Fabrics that I used for this DIY. Not only did I make use of this DIY as a photo backdrop in a recent styled shoot, but I am also giving the fabric away for a lovilee to either re-purpose or use herself for her own wall art or backdrop. A way to instantly bring Spring into your home!

After visiting the T & Co showroom, I knew I HAD TO have this material for something to inspire you with. A wall hanging just made sense, but it would also be great to upholster a chair, couch, make scatters or curtains, use as a tablecloth or even perhaps re-upholster a headboard with.

How to make a fabric wall hanging as wall art or photo backdrop

About T & Co Fabrics

T & Co Fabrics is owner run by Tanya Sturgeon, a fabric connoisseur with over 27 years experience both the design and décor industry. After selling her previous fabric company, the Silk & Cotton Co, she embarked on a new journey that started in Cape Town but eventually circled back to Johannesburg. Together with her daughter, Chloe, they aim to add designer touches to homes with their fabrics – their passion for fabric being the driving force and inspiration.

They are the exclusive importers of the world renowned Jim Thompson fabrics – recognized for exquisite hand woven silks, prints, outdoor fabrics and wallpaper. T & Co also represent various other international collections including Ian Sanderson, Pedroso & Osorio, Guell Lamadrid, Les Creations, Thevenon, Vano, Evo and a curated collection of beautiful locally designed ranges that include the likes of Lula fabrics, Room Thirteen and Urban Fabrics.

T & Co Online store

Yup, you have read correctly – T & Co not only retails fabrics but they have a on-line shop that sells some decor and gifting that include rugs, soft planters, aprons and cosmetic bags. So pop on over and have a look

How to make a fabric wall hanging as wall art or photo backdrop with farbircs from T & Co Fabrics.

What you will need for this DIY wall hanging?

  • A thick wooden dowel stick 10-20cm wider than the fabric that you will be using.
  • A piece of fabric of your choice. The fabric that I have chosen from the T & Co Fabric New Romantics collection comes in a printed cotton as well as printed velvet. The same print but creates a totally different feel and backdrop.
  • A sewing machine.
  • Sharp material scissors.
  • Thread that matches the color of your fabric.
  • A clothes iron and ironing board.
  • Spray-paint in the color of your choice (optional).
  • Masking tape (optional).
  • String to hang the wall hanging from.
  • A ruler or measuring tape.

Step-by-step instructions with images to follow

  1. Using a ruler or measuring tape – measure the piece of the dowel that you want to paint, should you not want to paint the whole dowel. Mark of the piece using some painters tape.
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  3. Spray the dowel ends with spray-paint, as per the instructions at the back of the can.
  4. Ensure that your fabric is free of creases (ironed) before you use it. Locate the top of the fabric (You will have to see whether it has a pattern that needs to be upright.) Fold a hem of 2cm and then another 6cm and iron them flat. This double hem will allow you to skip the overlocking part.
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  6. Sew the hem in with your sewing machine. For the bottom of the material you can also do the same as the step above to work the backdrop off neatly.
  7. Place the dowel through the opening that you sewed at the top of the material.
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  9. Add string to the sides of the dowel and find a pretty place to use your new DIY art.
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  1. Mariska de wet

    I would convert fabric to wall hanging decor item for our dinning room! Can just dream about the stunning photos when we have family and friend dinner parties and this backdrop behind the table..!!

    • Carey Boltman

      I have just renovated my room and have yet to find wall art for behind my bed. This fabric wall hanging is perfect!

  2. Barbara K

    Would love to use this as a table cloth on our extra lenght verandah table to create a moody, lavish atmosphere

    • Kari

      Hmm, how pretty would you table look?!

  3. Jo Van Zyl

    I would use this incredible fabric as the tablecloth to style a big dinner party that i am having for my husband’s 40th at the end of August. It is exactly what I am looking for and would pair all the table decor to this…… maximal effect!!

  4. emlyn thomas

    use a fabric wall hanging to create a beautiful backdrop in my bedroom. Sweet dreams

  5. This would look amazing on a feature wall in my home office so I can constantly be inspired, but, also for when I want to take product (or people 🙂 ) photos – LOVE!

    • Kari

      Love this idea! Thank you for your entry!

  6. Cathy Badenhorst

    I would love to use this stunning fabric to recover the seating cushion on a white rattan vintage chair and then use the remaining fabric to make a matching cushion ???

  7. I would definitely want to use this fabric to cover over a few old canvas frames and hang these on the study wall. The fabric print is so pretty and perfect to bring some colour into a dull space.

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