Monday, April 9, 2012

Baseball Thread Picture Mat

I made these picture mats over a year ago and I have just now gotten around to putting them in frames. I'm so glad I did!!

I saw similar mats at Pottery Barn a couple years back and loved them, but as usual the price was more than I wanted to pay and knew with a little work I could reproduce them. They were very easy to make. 

Materials Needed:
  • Frame Mat
  • Canvas or similar material
  • Red embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Spray adhesive
  • Glue gun/glue
1) Cut material 1/2 inch larger than your mat. 

2) Mark and sew the baseball threads. (You could also paint it on with acrylic paint or even use a marker.)

3) Spray the face of the mat with the adhesive. Place material on mat making sure it is pulled fairly tight. 

4) Pull the excess material over the edges placing hot glue where necessary to hold it in place.

Here is the back of one of the mats:

 I found a couple of frames that were in storage and revamped them.

I first primed the frames then sprayed them with Midnight Blue paint from Rust-Oleum. 

Here is how they look in his room. I love that this cute guy is the first thing I see when I walk in the room.

The frames look more black in these pictures, but they really are just a nice dark blue.


  1. I love it!! Very creative. Thanks for posting.

    1. Thanks Kar! When are we going to see each other?? I miss you!

  2. very very cute !!!! Love the idea! :) I'd love to do something like this but instead of baseball maybe just like a neat chevron pattern!

    1. Thanks Nicole! I love the chevron pattern idea!! That would be so cute. :)

  3. That is adorable! (AND classy!) I've been wanting to make my own mats for ages. The red stitching definitely adds that little something extra, though.

  4. Nice! I have admired these frames at pb also. Yours turned out great!

  5. Just wondering about your baseball hat rack. How did you attach it to the wall? I have made one and can't figure out how to attach to the wall so my little guy wont knock it down. Thank you. Monica

  6. I too am wondering how you secured this to the wall? We are in the process of making the something similar and I want to make sure it's nice & secure! Thanks so much.

  7. mindibuckman@hotmail.comOctober 15, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Any thoughts on how to hang this on the wall as a towel rack???