Tutorial: Fabric Dress Wall Art

I absolutely LOVE this project!  I was inspired by a giclee from the Ballard Design catalog that was constructed with old book pages. 
Now, I know old book pages are all the rage right now, but FABRIC always does it for me! 
You can personalize to your own taste and decor so much easier!

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I made this particular piece for my office/sewing room.  The colors are fab and of course, the dress fits right in!

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I promise you, it’s easier than it looks

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Who wants one?

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Art Canvas (mine is 24×30)
Freezer Paper
Spray Paint
Mod Podge
Fabrics of your choice
Fusible Interfacing
Scissors, pencil, tape, eraser

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1. Begin by cutting a piece of freezer paper to the size of your canvas.  You may have to tape two pieces together to achieve your size.

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2.  I used the Ballard picture as a starting off point.  I loves the scalloped bottom edge so I went with that.  NOTE:  I am not an artist!  I DO NOT DRAW!  I used my ruler alot to get dimensions right.  I used my eraser ALOT too, and after about a half hour,  I liked the outcome.  Make sure to draw on the dull side of the paper

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3. Label all of your pieces that you will be cutting

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4.  Cut out each piece individually

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  5.  After you’ve decided on a fabric combination, iron the fusible interfacing to the amount of fabric that you need

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6.  Flip the interfaced fabric over and iron on your pattern pieces to the fabric (the beauty of freezer paper)

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7. Cut each piece out and peel the freezer paper off your fabric

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8.  After you have all the pieces cut and peeled, arrange them on the canvas you’ve painted. (no pics of me spraying the canvas cause I figure you can handle that one 😉  Make sure to stand back and make sure your art is straight and balanced on the sides and edges

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10.  Continue with each piece.  Here I have the waistband and bodice mod podged down, and am starting on the arms.  For the skirt, I kept the pieces in place and just lifted up the top and bottom of each piece and mod podged down. 

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Your finished!                       Are you in love?
I am!

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Now go make you one

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  1. says

    I love that you used fabric. Even though, as you said, book pages are all the rage, I can’t bring myself to tear up a book. It’s the English teacher in me I suppose.

  2. says

    I love it! I’ve been wanting to do a canvas project for my kids’ room but wasn’t sure how to do something larger scale. I’m going to copy your ideas, but using scrapbook paper, since I don’t mess around with fabric too much. Thx for the ideas!

  3. says

    Wow! I recognized that dress from the B.D. catalog (I had it circled, too). I clicked over from H.o.H. and as soon as I saw your header I thought, “Well of course it’s from Living With Punks. Her stuff rocks!”

    ~ Nike@ChooseToThrive


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