Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 7 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 68

Thread: Using Fabric to Cover My Wall

  1. #1
    Senior Member juliea9967's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Twin Falls, ID
    Posts
    752
    I have been looking for wallpaper for one wall of my dining room for about a year. I can not find what I like. But! I found some fabric at my local quilt store that is exactly what I have been looking for.
    Does anybody know of a way to use it to cover my wall? :?:
    Thanks,
    Julie

  2. #2
    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    South central Nebraska, US
    Posts
    5,369
    There is a recipe of 1/2 water, 1/2 starch, soak the fabric until it is really wet, wring out and apply to the wall. I'll google it and see what I find.

    http://www.decoratorsecrets.com/diy-...wallpaper.html

    You can also staple if your pattern helps hide the staples.

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    2,689
    Why don't you make a nice large quilt using the material and then paint the wall a very light color that corasponds to the quilt material. When you get tired of the design you have a nice quilt and can make a new one in new tones.

  4. #4
    Super Member Jill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Posts
    1,071
    I saw a program on HGTV years ago where it was being done, so you might find instructions on their website.

  5. #5
    Super Member CoyoteQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    2,306
    I have had friends that use it just like wall paper. They primed the wall then pasted and applied the paper. You have to be more careful of stretching with fabric, but it help up really well. She ran in across instead of up and down and only did 1 width with a chair rail at the top. If you want to do the whole wall I think you'd have to put something over the seams because of matching raw material edges.

    Good luck and let us know how you make out.

  6. #6
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,113
    Blog Entries
    1
    You can use fabric to cover your wall, but it will stretch and distort very easily if you try and paste it on. It is the motion of smoothing it out, that can easily distort it.
    I am a do it yourself person, but in this case, I would hire a professional :wink: :D:D:D

  7. #7
    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    South central Nebraska, US
    Posts
    5,369
    My girlfriend just turned under the raw edges and smoothed them out, you could hardly see where the edges/seams were. She was using a plaid so that was easier to match and hide the seams.:)

  8. #8
    Super Member grammy Dwynn's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,990
    Blog Entries
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by juliea9967
    I have been looking for wallpaper for one wall of my dining room for about a year. I can not find what I like. But! I found some fabric at my local quilt store that is exactly what I have been looking for.
    Does anybody know of a way to use it to cover my wall? :?:
    Thanks,
    Julie
    DD and I did this years ago. You use starch to hang it. If you do a google search for 'Fabric as wallpaper' lots of links come up.

    When DD moved (rental) we just pulled down the fabric. I washed it a couple of times to get the starch out. I made a quilt with the fabric and have more in my stash.

  9. #9
    Super Member raptureready's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    5,305
    Be careful to use an adhesive that won't yellow with age and make sure that the walls are super clean with no streaks. A friend of mine and I did this back in the late 60's. We thought that putting the psychodelic print on the wall would be so much easier than trying to paint it. Oh well, youth and mistakes sort of go hand in hand. It wasn't the easiest thing in the world to do. The paste didn't yellow but we forgot to REALLY clean the walls first and that discolored the fabric in spots. Also, I'd never recommend doing this in a house where anyone ever smokes or burns a lot of candles(soy ones aren't too bad)--both of those things really discolor fabrics.

  10. #10
    Cyn
    Cyn is offline
    Super Member Cyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Jacksonville NC
    Posts
    6,763
    Blog Entries
    17
    I'd probably hang a huge quilt on it but I put material on one wall. It was a few years ago but I dipped it in starchy water and used small pins to hold it at the top while I used a damp sponge to wipe it down and get wrinkles out. Let it dry and took pins out. It was great because it came off easy and we were living in base housing at the time!

Page 1 of 7 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.