Apr 14, 2011

A Frame and Fabric: The Tutorial

I thought I'd take you back to the guest room that I worked on last week and show what I did to change up a ho-hum frame that was stashed in the closet.  See the flower-framed-art above the nightstand (the nightstand that is actually an upside down hamper...shhh)?

Guest Room Progess

Guest Room Progess

Do you ever come across frames that don't have a glass insert, a mat, or maybe even backing?  I have several of these and I use them all the time (if you look close,  you'll see some here, here, here and here).  That art above the nightstand is fabric... yes, fabric.  So simple... grab your glue gun and a few other supplies:

1  Gather an empty frame, glue gun and glue sticks, scissors, fabric chalk (or pencil) and a piece of fabric (large enough to fit the frame).
2  Heat the glue gun.
3  Lay the fabric on a flat surface, right side up, and place the frame over top. 
4  Position the frame on the part of fabric you wish to showcase (move the frame around... up, down, diagonal... see what looks best before you make a cut)

 Flower Frame

5  Use fabric chalk to outline the frame (I used a pencil and it worked just fine).
6  Remove the frame and cut the chalk (or pencil) outline.

Flower Frame

Flower Frame

Flower Frame

7  Turn the frame over, back side up.
8  Lay the cut-out fabric over the frame and position the fabric to showcase what you'd like to see.

Flower Frame

9  Get the glue gun, and line the inside edge of the frame with glue.
10  Press the fabric on top of the glue and work your way down to the bottom of the frame.
11  Repeat with the glue and fabric on the opposite frame edge, pulling the fabric taute as you move down the frame.
12  Repeat the step above along the other two frame edges, pulling the fabric taute as you move along.

Flower Frame

Flower Frame

Flower Frame

Flower Frame

Flower Frame

13  If you have a lot of fabric overhang (like me), grab the scissors and cut off the excess.
14  Then turn your frame over and admire your good work.

Flower Frame

Flower Frame

15  Time to hang it up!

Guest Room Progress

This is one good reason to save fabric scraps... they come to good use!  What have you done with your fabric scraps lately?

Linking up to I Heart NaptimeSkip To My Lou and Sweet Floweret.

4 comments:

  1. So pretty!
    Would love it if you'd link this up to my 20 Minute Tuesday party.
    It's for projects that take 20-30 minutes and cost less than $10.
    Thanks for considering ;)
    Tina
    http://sweetfloweret.blogspot.com

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  2. I'd love to.... thanks for the invite!

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  3. Me too :)  The print is called Shalini Ivory/Raspberry... I got it at a discount fabric store called U-fab, but I've also seen it at Calico Corners here.

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