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lisaquilts
« on: December 17, 2004 09:01:29 AM »

Hello,
I recently saw a version of this for sale in TJ MAXX. (I must add that i'm not trying to copyright infringe or otherwise infringe: i just DIY something I thought was neat. I'm not selling these or anything. I sincerely hope that those TJ Maxx frames are not someone's life work or livlihood.)  It was a three panel, fabric picture frame with a dowel through the back and a string. Even though it was not expensive (only 10 dollars), I am probably as cheap as I am crafty  Wink. So I decided to make individual versions of the thing.

It is a fun thing to do, especially if you happen to have photos of things/garments that you've made *and* have scraps of the fabric you used to make them. I'm working on a cute one now of my kid's frog prince costume using the scraps from the costume itself. Tres Fun!

Here are the pictures (you only need two 8.5 inch squares to do a 4 by 6 inch photo.)

Happy crafting,
lisaquilts





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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2004 09:05:23 AM »

Cute. Did you just use cardboard, or pre-cut cardboard under the fabric?
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2004 09:39:57 AM »

Those are too cute!  I like your fabric choices!
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2004 11:46:10 AM »

Adorable! I have seen similar frames at Anthropologie for a lot more than $10.  Love the fabrics and beading.
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lisaquilts
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2004 02:23:41 PM »

Hello and thanks for the kind words,

These are made with three pieces of fabric--two for the top, one for the back. For the backing, I used flannel (which i had on hand from making napkins). This gives it some body, without lots of weight. Also, i did not cover the window (so it has to be handled with a little care). I originally put clear vinyl in the window, but it muted the photo too much and looked as if it should be a purse.

The most challenging part was figuring out how to make the picture window perfectly square: at first i cut the square out, clipped diagonally into the corners, then pressed the long edges under: what a pain. Then I remembered the beauty of faced applique so I put two pieces of fabric right sides (RS) together, drew an appropriately sized square, stitched it, cut it out, turned it RS out and "ta-da" it worked!


I'm making four more as gifts then I'll probably be done with it.


Happy holiday crafting,
lisaquilts
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2004 02:31:44 PM »

Great idea. I love the fabric.
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2004 02:50:18 PM »

aahh thats too cute.how did you come up with the idea?
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2004 08:34:59 PM »

Those are cute!  So there is no card board in them? 
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2004 09:38:55 PM »

Oooooooooh!  I absolutely Loooove your Egyptian fabric.  Please tell me where you got it!

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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2004 05:48:28 PM »

The Egyptian print is an Alexander Henry design. There are lots of coordinates for this print. I bought it four years ago, but I'm pretty sure its still around. Perhaps check Hancock's of Paducah?

There is no cardboard required for the project, only three layers of fabric approx 8.5 inches square. Perhaps I'll get on those last few now and post some updates. The frame retains its shape with the stiffer backing fabric (i.e.flannel, corduroy, upholstery).

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