First off, I LOVE FABRIC
I even have fabric with my own art for sale and in repeat at spoonflower.com/profiles/fabricatedframes
I found that the fabric photo frames out on the market were not working. The opening was too small for the photo to slide in and out, and the turnbuttons would break off. I know this because I had worked in the stationery department of our local department store. Also, the mass manufactured ones had fraying inside corners where the photo showed through, just not professional, not finished. I use a little glue, or hot glue and my finger to dab a bit in those corners and pull from front and under to the back, to keep them from fraying, my customers can use glue and water combo, decoupage, and a cheap, tiny paint brush, if they want.
So, I was watching Carol Duvall on HGTV, back in 2000, and said, "I can make this even better!" So, I came up with a structure that covered mat board parts, and had a machine to connect the strut with the back, but as time went on, by 2006, I had come up with a pattern and structure to make them WASHABLE and SEWN, and ditched my easel hinge and hanger press (plus the $16 screw broke on the arm of it lol). This would make the fabric picture frames much more sustainable, and durable. Soon, I will make them NO SEW and washable. My customers love them, some come back and buy more, others refer family and friends, or have me make something different with fabric lol. One customer had me take her late husband's neckties and turn them into washable, sewn, necktie and fabric picture frames, and she had their family friend, President Bill Clinton sign the photos of himself and my customer's late husband, to put in the frames. The photos are on my site at fabricatedframes.com
And now I sell them as epatterns. I have also have art that is formatted to print onto inkjet fabric for all parts showing, that can be sewn to solid or coordinating fabric for all other parts of the frame, and epatterns for them, $1 each.
People can also recycle, repurpose, upscycle fabric, textile momentos that are fraying, neckties, into fabric picture frames with this epattern. Just attach and iron them onto the fusible web pattern parts, cut them up and iron on. You can take the paper patterns and transfer the lines onto cut up sheet protector pages, and take those clear sheet protector pages 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.
I am Kristie Hubler, artist, product designer, author of "Fabricated Frames: Instructions On Making Fabric Photo Frames" available on lulu.com/spotlight/fabricatedframes and ...
I am Kristie Hubler, artist, product designer, author of "Fabricated Frames: Instructions On Making Fabric Photo Frames" available on lulu.com/spotlight/fabricatedframes and http://www.amazon.com/Fabricated-Frames-Instructions-Making-Fabric/dp/0557327792
Fabricated Frames washable fabric picture frame sewing pattern and tutorial is featured in Sew It Today magazine, issue 11, August / September 2014 issue, out on newsstands, in Barnes and Noble, Joann Fabrics, AC Moore, and where ever they sell sewing and crafts magazines, on, page 56-59, titled "Framed", featuring Fabric Editions / Fabric Loft "Trapeze" collection, chevron and large medallion. Their fabric, is available in Target - preview at http://sewittoday.com/issues and http://sewittoday.com/designers
I am the owner of fabricatedframes.com with products and epatterns for washable, sewn, fabric picture frames, ornaments, costume jewelry brooch pins, kitchen oven gloves and house shaped kitchen mitts, plus Yorkshire Terrier and pug jackets and bellybands
art on bedding, rugs, ornaments, stockings, non fabric picture frames, wine stoppers, shower curtains, curtains, diaper bags, 70" round tablecloths, runners, scarves, jewelry, cases, bags, sleeves, oven mitts and pot holders, neckties and tie clips at cafepress.com/profile/KristieHublersCafepress
art on kitchen towels, ornaments, binders, pacifiers, leggings, lampshades with bases, postage at zazzle.com/fabricatedframes