Tutorial: Create a wrinkle free fabric backdrop

I love using  fabric for backdrops. Unfortunately every time  I would use them I would get wrinkles. It didn’t matter if I rolled them or not I would still have issues with wrinkles.  I originally would edit them out in photoshop, which was tricky and also cumbersome.  So I wanted to find a solution to these issues.  I can’t say I came up with this idea myself as I am positive I saw a video at one point on facebook.

I created this tutorial with photos to help any photographer that wants a easy solution that is cost effective. This project takes an estimated….okay I can’t give a estimated time frame since I was taking care of my 8 month old while doing it and thus it took me much longer to finish. You will see below. I suggest having help to make it go by faster, if not 1 person can do it.

Supplies: Per 1 frame and 2 backdrops (2 yards of fabric)

2-packs of 1 1/2x 3/8 corner braces (4 in a pack) $1.96 a pack
1250 count staples- $2.97
4-1x2x8 pieces of wood $.85 cents each
staple gun
hand saw or electric saw
5 hour energy (not required but helpful 🙂 )

Cost not including fabric:

with staples :$8.33
without staples: $5.36

 Step #1: Lay your fabric out on a flat surface

Step #2: Lay a piece of wood on top. One piece going vertical and one piece going horizontal. Make sure you leave enough fabric around the edge so you can staple it in.
Step #3: Use your sharpie to mark the cut at the top
Step #4: Get your hand saw or electric saw and cut at your line. Grab another piece of wood and cut another piece the same length. These will be the long side

Step #5: Lay down your two long pieces of wood and place another piece of wood across. This will be your bottom and top or short side. Mark your cut line. Repeat step 4, cut your wood and cut a second piece the same length.

Step #6: Lay all four pieces around your fabric to make sure that you have enough fabric to staple around the wood. 1-2 inches should be enough.

Step#7:  Lay down your brace and mark the holes with your sharpie.

Step#8: Get your drill and drill bit that is a little smaller then the screws. Drill the holes half way down. Don’t skip this step, if you go straight to screwing the screws in you risk splitting the wood.

I just had to show this photo, I was watching my 8 month old while doing this project. He isn’t really mobile so I didn’t have to worry about him getting his hands on any small pieces. He did not like the drill at all. I actually had to stop the project to calm him down and then get him milk. 😀

Step#9: Put the two end screws in and drill them half way. Then put the two inner screws in and drill them all the way. Then drill the ends the rest of the way. This allows you to get the wood as straight as possible.

Step#10: I removed the fabric from the floor to do the remaining  corners. Here is a finished corner.

Step#11: Repeat step #10 on all four corners. Here is the frame.
Step#12: Lay your fabric on top of the frame.

Step#13: Okay, so this is where it can get a bit tricky. I start on one side and choose a section in the pattern to staple at. I do this as to keep it even. I put in 4 staples along one side then move to the opposite side and repeat. Do this until you have it all stapled. Your hand will hurt after wards. Staple guns require a bit of pressure. Here is one side completed.

Step#14: Here is what the backside looks like.
Step#15: Okay, so you can skip this step if you think the backdrop is sturdy enough. I didn’t like the way it twisted on me so I added brackets to the back side too. This is what it looks like with no brackets on the back.
Step#16:  Cut your excess fabric around the edges from your front side and repeat steps 12 and 13 for your back fabric. Then cut your excess from your back fabric.
Here is the final product

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  • Janet Skeem - Thank you so much for this! I’ve been wanting to see how other people did these!!ReplyCancel

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