If you have fat quarters you can't bear to cut into small pieces, combine them with larger fabric pieces to cover purchased stretched artists canvases.
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Inspired by "Positively Charming" from designer Tari Colby

Project Makers: Elizabeth Stumbo and Jill Abeloe Mead


  • 6--18x22" rectangles (fat quarters) assorted black-and-white prints (plaques)
  • 12x36x3/4" stretched artist's canvas
  • 12x16x3/4" stretched artist's canvas
  • 9x12x3/4" stretched artist's canvas
  • 6x12x3/4" stretched artist's canvas
  • 7-1/2 yards 3/4"-wide ribbon (optional)
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Fabric glue (optional)

Finished plaques: 12x36x3/4", 12x16x3/4", 9x12x3/4", and 6x12x3/4"

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Before you begin cutting, decide which fabric to use for each size plaque. The largest plaque is covered with a pieced unit and the center fabric was fussy-cut. Cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted prints, cut:

  • 15x19-1/2" rectangle
  • 15x17-1/2" rectangle
  • 15x19" rectangle
  • 12x15" rectangle
  • 9x15" rectangle
  • 15x3-1/2" rectangle

Assemble Plaques

1. Referring to photo, sew together 15x19-1/2", 15x3-1/2", and 15x17-1/2" rectangles. Press seams open. Pieced unit should measure 15x39-1/2".

2. Place 15x39-1/2" pieced unit right side down on a flat surface. Center 12x36x3/4" stretched artist's canvas on fabric.

3. Wrap excess fabric to back of stretched canvas. Keeping fabric taut and smooth, staple excess to canvas frame beginning at center of each edge.

4. Miter corners of fabric and secure with staples on back. Add sufficient staples along edges to hold fabric straight and taut.

5. Repeat steps 2–4 to make remaining three plaques for a total of four.

6. If desired, secure ribbon around side edges with fabric glue to complete plaques.