1. Choose any fabric you like and use your very best fabric cutting scissors. I promise you the scissors matter. Leave about an inch to an inch and a half all the way around the mat.
2. Cut a small hole in the center. From that hole cut towards the four inner corners. Don't cut all the way into the corner - stop at about 1/8 of inch from the corner. When you're done you'll have 4 little triangles in the middle.
3. Use masking tape to tape the triangles down. (Masking tape works really well and allows you to make a fabric change or just uncover your mat later. Hot glue would work also, but I prefer to use tape.)
4. Tape the sides all the way around pulling just a little to make the fabric smooth on the front.
That's it folks! Easy! Your inner corners will be somewhat rounded. This depends a lot on the thickness of the fabric you use. Typically the thicker the fabric the more rounded the inner corners look.
I added some gold thumb tacks to mine but you could also use some grosgrain ribbon to embellish. Covering a photo mat with fabric gives you a nice custom framed look and with so many fabrics to choose from the styling options are endless. It's also a great way to give new life to an old thrifted goodwill frame. Any project that delivers instant gratification is a good one in my book!
I wish I could say the making of the horse cookies that I told you I was going to bake yesterday was an instant gratification project. I was reminded mid-project why I don't bake very often. IT TOOK FOREVER! But, it did keep me distracted which was the goal right? Thanks for all of your sweet words yesterday. I very much appreciated them! I wish I had some horse cookies to give you. ;)
I used the derby printables I told you about here to add a little pretty to the packaging. They're far from perfect but my daughter's kindergarten class isn't on Pinterest so it won't matter. ;)
I'm off to the horse park today for a fun-filled field trip or rather a horse-filled one! Hop on over to Thistlewood Farm for a little mint iced tea action in celebration of Derby Week!
*Linking up at At the Picket Fence