fabric covered mat board photo frames
All you need is:
All you need is:
-mat board or cardboard, to make 4 parts of the frame, to cover with fabric, front and back
-a length of ribbon for each frame size, 9" long, width depending on size of frame, from 3/8" wide to 1 1/2" wide
-50 page pack of acid free, clear, sheet protector pages for protective photo sleeves, cut to size of photo
ALL of the supplies, materials, & tools can be bought at a fabric, quilt, art supply, or craft store - some at the office supply store - stores like JoAnn Fabric, Michaels, AC Moore, Hancock Fabrics, Staples, Lowes, Home Depot, even Walmart & Target!
Therm o web Heat n Bond Ultrahold, an acid free, paper backed, iron on fabric adhesive, that you can print the patterns onto using your inkjet printer, and iron to the back of the fabric pieces
hot glue and a low temp glue gun
you can also use Therm o Web's Fabric Fuse, which is a double paper sided, press on fabric adhesive, no heat required, just cut the sheets into 1/4" strips, and use the hot glue to finish off any fraying or secure corners or tips.
This is a tween and teen friendly craft project, older kids can use the Fabric Fuse, but have a grown up help them with ironing the Ultrahold, cutting, and any use of hot glue.
This is a step by step video tutorial showing you how to make the fabric covered mat board photo frames. Photo and text step by step instructions, plus ALL of the patterns are included in the craft pattern download for ALL 8 sizes in the download at
You can cut the front of the frame, a 3 sided strip u shaped board, and back board, and 2 part strut leg board, all cut from mat board or cardboard, and cover them with FABRIC! It's easy. Use a utility knife, the kind that carpet installers and electricians use, around $5 of $6, found at Home Depot or Lowe's, to cut the mat board. You can buy the mat board at Michaels, 20x30" for $5, and 32x40" for $8 at AC Moore.
Follow the video tutorial instructions on Youtube at http://youtube.com/user/fabricatedfra... and the photo & text step by step tutorial on http://fabricatedframes.blogspot.com with links to buy the materials & supplies.
The download has all 4 mat board part patterns, in white, with the fabric seam allowances surrounding the white mat board part patterns in gray, plus lines marked to cut the excess fabric away, lines to cut away the center strip of mat board to separate the top and bottom of the strut leg board.
Another special feature for both frames for the 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" and 2x3" photos, is that they are tabletop frames, with removable fabric covered strut leg boards, attached with ribbon and velcro / hook & loop, to reveal 2 vertical holes, for a bar metal pin back to stay in place, that slides out, to make it a jewelry brooch fashion pin accessory! So, buy a 1 yard length of 3/4" wide velcro, sew on or sticky back.
For covering staples, use a button or other embellishment hot glued.
Kristie Hubler, author, inventor of fabric covered mat board photo frames / washable, sewn, fabric photo frames / washable, no sew, fabric photo frames & brooch jewelry, artist & owner of http://fabricatedframes.com
sewing & craft pattern download art printables at http://craftsy.com/user/2496069/patte...
People can also recycle, repurpose, upscycle fabric, textile swatches and scraps, neckties, into fabric picture frames with this download. Just attach and iron the adhesive side of the paper backed Ultrahold Heat n Bond patterns to the back of the fabric panel parts, that you can print with your inkjet printer. Transfer the paper patterns onto clear sheet protector pages, cut out, & take with you to the fabric store to decide where and how much fabric you'll need in case you get a unique pattern that is hard to configure in the layout stage. Just place each clear pattern part over the rolled out fabric, and take it to the cutting table, and have the fabric cutting associate help you out.