You can never have too many photo frames and with these little fabric-covered photo frames even the smallest snapshots can be beautifully displayed. This project will show you how to make fabric photo frames that are perfect for any home. Use bold with your choice of main patterned print and select simple coordinating fabrics. Pulp board picture frame blanks available from many craft stores make the perfect base – these were 10.2 x 15.2cm (4 x 6in). Add fabric yo-yos to the corners of each frame to link the three frames together, or use bright, artificial flowers instead.
You Will Need
- fabrics in bold print, pink spot print and blue spot print
- three pulp board picture frame blanks
- ribbons in pink and blue (long enough for the inside of the frame)
- seed beads and sequins
- vanishing marker
- printed papers for backing
- double-sided tape and glue
- yo-yo maker (optional)
1 Use a craft knife to cut around the sides and bottom of the frame to separate the back panel if necessary. Cut a piece of fabric larger than the frame and draw around the frame on to this fabric using a vanishing marker.
2 When using the bold print fabric, decorate by adding seed beads and sequins, stitching them around the area that will cover the frame.
3 Draw a cross in the centre of the fabric, to mark out the frame window. Cut diagonally from corner to corner to leave four triangular flaps. Use double-sided tape to stick the fabric to the frame. Fold the overhanging fabric over the edges to the back of the frame and secure with tape.
4 Cover the inside edges of the frame with ribbon to hide raw edges at the inside corners. Stick in place with double-sided tape. Cut out a piece of coordinating printed paper and stick on to the back panel using a glue stick. Make the other frames in the same way.
5 Use bold printed fabric to make three yo-yos for each spotted frame, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Press the yo-yo fl at with a warm iron. In the centre of each yo-yo, sew a large sequin, a smaller one and a seed bead.
If you don’t have a yo-yo maker create your own yo-yos as follows. Cut a circle of fabric 20.3cm (8in) in diameter. Fold the edge over by 6mm (¼in) and sew a running stitch around the circle. Pull the thread to gather up the edge and secure with a small stitch. Press flat with an iron.
6 Stick the front of the frame to the back along the side and bottom edges using either strong glue or double-sided tape. Arrange three yo-yos in the bottom corner of the frame and secure in place with double-sided tape.
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