Tuesday, June 17, 2014

fabricatedframes.com Framed picture frame sewing tutorial will be in Sew It ...Today magazine, Aug/Sept 2014 issue, issue 11, out on 6/24/14

The tutorial for the 2 washable, sewn, fabric picture frames are being featured in their August / September 2014 issue, issue 11, out on newsstands, such as Barnes and Noble, Joann Fabrics, and where ever they sell sewing, quilting, and crafts magazines, available to pick up for $3.99 on June 24th! The article is titled, "Framed", and will showcase on pages 56 to 59. Here is the cover of the issue that I will be in, so that you can look out for it:

A couple of months ago, I was asked by Sew It ...Today magazine to take fabric sent from Fabric Editions, and turn the yard of each of the 2 patterns sent into washable, sewn, fabric picture frames. I used their fabric from "Fabric Loft - Trapeze" cotton / canvas collection. The patterns are called Chevron and Large Medallions. I made 1 frame for a 5x7" photo, 8x10" overall size, out of the Large Medallions pattern, and 1 frame for an 8x10" photo, 10x12" overall, out of the Chevron pattern.

Both frames have a strut leg pocket and easel back pocket on the back, joined by ribbon at the bottom right of both panels, to allow for the frame to stand upright on a table or shelf. Both pockets have mat board parts slightly smaller, that slide in and out, and help give form to the frames, as well as allow for the frames to stand upright. On the front of the frame is a pocket for the photo and it's protective photo sleeve, which is cut from an acid free, clear sheet protector, which you can find at any office supply store, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc. Just make sure that it is clear, not translucent clear with a tooth, just smooth absolutely clear, and that the words acid free are on the packaging.

I also use Thermoweb fusible web, as the patterns of all of the parts of the frame. This is a peel away paper backed, iron on, fabric adhesive, that I cut to the size, and these pieces get ironed on to 6 out of 10 of the slightly fabric panel pieces. I use the acid free Ultrahold Heat N Bond type, but the President of Thermoweb suggested that I should use either the Heat N Bond Lite or Featherlite types. If a crafter / sewist / seamstress / quilter / designer decides to use the Ultrahold type, which I have used for 14 years, and have sewn with for 9 of the 14 years in my frame projects / products, just lower the stitch length to 3, and go slowly around your pieces. If you want, you can slowly and neatly go around your first stitch line another time. Use a denim weight sewing machine needle. Thermoweb also offers a brand new product PERFECT for this frame project, called "EZ Print" sheets, available here. They are pre-cut, double paper sided Heat N Bond Lite and Featherlite fusible web, cut to 8 1/2" x 11", that you can run the patterns directly onto the EZ Print sheets, instead of printing out the patterns onto inkjet printer paper, and then transferring the lines onto the Thermoweb, sold by the yard or on a 5 yard roll. The 10 sheet pack costs $7.99, and one pack is perfect for each size picture frame. OR you can buy it by the 5 yard roll for as little as $5 from Michaels, $10 per 5 yard roll, minus a Michaels 50% off store coupon, which can make it economical, if you do it that way. Your choice. FabricatedFrames.com is a featured partner of Thermoweb.

This fabric is available at Target.com, here and here, and in stores, also in other big box retailers I believe, I think Walmart, too. The patterns are called Chevron and Large Medallions. You can buy them for $9.99 each yard package bundled, each are 44" wide by the 36" yard. I managed to get 1 large frame from each yard of fabric, even with matching the patterns as close as possible, on all panels. It can be done lol :D

You can also make oven mitts, potholders, even bellybands for all kinds of dogs. The frames are a great project for older tweens and teens who want to sew picture frames for friends and family.

The washable, fabric picture frame sewing patterns are also available as printables at fabricatedframes.com and Craftsy.com for $1 each size frame or $5 for a 6 sizes combined in one printable pdf. All printable patterns come with photo & text step by step instructions, supply list, tool list, what everthing looks like that you'll need, and all patterns for all parts. Here are the links to buy the printable patterns:

$1 & $5 patterns
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/other/6-paris-inspired-inkjet-fabric-crafts/84643 $5 pdf printable
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/home-decor/eiffel-tower-inspired-art-fabric-frame/78287 $1 pdf printable pattern
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/home-decor/6-sizes-washable-sewn-fabric-photoframes/78279 $5 pdf printable
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/home-decor/paris-house-shaped-oven-mitt-epattern/81376 $1 pdf printable
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/jewelry/brooch/paris-eiffel-washable-fabric-brooch-pin/81378 $1 pdf printable - make 2 brooches - VERY popular
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/home-decor/paris-washable-fabric-ornament-epattern/80810 $1 pdf printable
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/other/washable-fabric-wallet-sized-photo-frame/96030 $1 pdf printable popular
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/home-decor/washable-sewn-fabric-frame-5x7-photo/96026 $1 pdf printable

For now, until the issue comes out 1 week from today, next Tuesday, you can preview the issue contents at Sew It Today's site, and view my designer profile here.

Thank you!
Kristie Hubler
fabricatedframescom at gmail dot com