Gift Inspiration Day Twenty Four: Fabric Covered Picture Frame

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Does anyone else out there love a challenge?  Not too long ago, Karen sent me a photo of a fabric covered picture frame she’d seen and asked me to make one.  I decided to add an extra challenge and make it using the quilt-as-you-go method.  If you’re ready to try something new and maybe a bit out of the box, this is the project for you.   I love that you can match it to a friend’s living room colors, your granddaughter’s bedroom colors….


{Please read all directions before beginning.}


Unfinished wood picture frame. Our sample measures 8″ x 8.”   (I found this frame for $1 at a local art supply store; the wide frame works best for this project).

Backing:  piece of fabric measuring 11″ x 11.”  Color doesn’t matter as you won’t see it once the frame is complete.

Fusible Fleece:  11″ x 11″

Scraps and Strips varying in width and length

505 Spray

1/4″ wide bias tape

Freezer paper


With a dry iron, fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the 11″ x 11″ piece of fabric.

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Photo 1:  Select your first two fabrics.  You can start anywhere on the edge of the 11″ x 11″ piece and your first piece can be any size you choose.  I will lead you through the order and sizes of the pieces I used.

Photo 2:  Piece 1 is 4″ h by 3″ w.  In our sample, it is placed on the right edge, approximately 2 1/4″ from the top.  Edge stitch along the right side.

Photo 3:  (For sewing purposes, I have turned the piece upside down).  Piece 2 is 4″ h x 2″ w.  Place it right sides together on the left edge of piece #1.  Stitch with a 1/4″ seam.

Photo 4:  Flip piece #2 over so the right side is up.  Press well.


Piece 3 is 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2.”  Lay it right side down along the tops of pieces 1 and 2, stitch with a 1/4″ seam, flip and press.  Continue to sew the remaining pieces using the same quilt-as-you-go method.


Piece 4 is 6″ h x 1″ w.


Piece 5 is 2″ h x 5″ w.


Piece 6 is 1″ h by 5″ w.


Piece 7 is 8″ h x 3″ w.


This photo includes the addition of pieces 8 and 9.  Piece 8 is the red with stars print.  It is 8″ h x 1.5″ w.  Piece 9 is the red piece on the bottom.  It measures 2″ h x 8.5″ w.


Piece 10 is 9.25″ h x 1″ w.


Piece 11 is 2″ h x 9″ w.


Piece 12 is the last one to be added, and it measures 11″ h x 2.5″ w.

Trim your edges if needed.  You can see that I have a small amount of batting showing on the left and bottom, so I trimmed that off.  At this point, sew 1/4″ double fold biased tape around all four sides.  I made the mistake of waiting to do this and it made for an interesting experience.  If you’d like to avoid the extra fun, do it now!  Set quilted piece aside.


Alright, on to the next step.  Lay a piece of freezer paper dull side up on your work surface, and lay the frame on top of it.  Trace the frame opening on the freezer paper.  Cut out the piece you just drew.   In our sample,  our frame opening is a square.

Place the quilted piece on your work surface, right side up.  Find the center of the quilted piece and lay the freezer paper square, shiny side down, in the center.  You should have an equal amount of the quilted piece showing on all four sides.  With a dry iron, press the freezer paper to the quilted piece.  Very carefully, cut around the freezer paper, resulting in a square cut out of the middle of the quilted piece.  Yes, this will make you nervous.  Just seems wrong!  {smile}


We need to finish the inside edge of the picture frame now.  Pinning very well, enclose the edge in another piece of 1/4″ double fold biased tape.


Pin…very…well!  This will be visible on the front of your frame, so make it as straight and neat as possible.


Attach the biased tape with a seam 1/8″ from the right edge of the biased tape.  Go slowly and be sure to remove your pins as you go!  If you have the option to stop with your needle down, this will make the process much easier.


Once this step is complete, your frame center should look like the above photo.  Set aside.


Any part of the wood frame that will be visible needs to be painted.  In our sample, we painted just inside the opening the same color as our binding.  Dry.

Lay an old sheet on an outside or well-ventilated work surface.  Place the frame right side up on the sheet.  Spray with 505 adhesive spray.  Lay your quilted piece, right side up on top, centering the hole in the quilted piece over the hole in the frame.  Press and smooth.  At this point, I went ahead and put a few heavy books on top of it, made dinner and came back later.


{This is the point at which I decided we needed to finish the outer edge of our quilted piece.  Trying to sew binding on while your fabric is attached to a piece of wood is, well, interesting.  Aren’t you glad you already sewed your binding on?!}


We’re almost finished!  The last step is to wrap the edges of the fabric piece around to the back.  I tried several ways and found that it worked best to first fold the corner back, then one side.  Don’t fold the side over too tightly.  Using needle and thread, stitch the side down to the corner.


Repeat with the adjoining side.  Repeat for remaining three corners.

If you choose to, you can apply a small amount of hot glue just under the biased tape along the sides.

That’s it!  You’re finished, and you now have a one-of-a-kind made-to-match frame to either keep for yourself or give as a gift.


One response to “Gift Inspiration Day Twenty Four: Fabric Covered Picture Frame

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