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6 sizes washable tabletop photo frames

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6 sizes washable tabletop photo frames
6 sizes washable tabletop photo frames
6 sizes washable tabletop photo frames 6 washable sewn fabric photo frame sizes
6 sizes washable tabletop photo frames back of washable sewn fabric frames
6 sizes washable tabletop photo frames supplies / tools needed

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cutting fabric, ironing fabric and paper backed iron on adhesive fusible web patterns, good sewing machine, denim weight machine needles, assembling, pinning, button hole making with zigzag foot (easy)- if you can make a pillow, you can make this, just with a little more care to assembling and pinning back parts, connecting the right parts at the right time

Pattern Description:

First off, I LOVE FABRIC
I even have fabric with my own art for sale and in repeat at

My washable, sewn, fabric photo frames and tutorial were featured in Sew I Today magazine, last year, its at

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

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.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 6 sizes in 1 epattern- for photos sized: 1.5x2.5"...2 3/4" x 3.5" oa., 2.5x3.5" ...3,5x4.5" oa., 4x6" ...5x7" oa., 2 sizes for 5x7"...6 3/4 x 8 3/4" and 8x10" oa., 8x10" ...10x12"


  • fabric, Thermoweb iron on adhesive Heat N Bond Ultra Hold (acid free) or Featherlite for pattern parts, ribbon, thread, fabric scissors, embroidery scissors (optional, but beneficial), ruler, pencil, sewing machine, denim weight needles, iron, pressing cloth or use freezer paper or the peel back paper of the fusible web, Scotchgard (optional), Firegard (optional fire resistancy spray from Joann Superstores), pins, sheet protector page per frame preferrably acid free for photo sleeve), mat board or card board for easel back and strut leg boards that slide out of their pockets on the back, rotary cutter (optional, beneficial), rotary mat cutter or clean surface that protects your work area, scissors for cutting printer paper patterns that transfer to fusible web as parts, printer, inkjet ink

You Will Also Need:

  • patience, calmness, good eye for making sure corners and lines are straight lol - just make sure you follow which pattern part goes with which- do the 2 frame fronts (where photo shows through) first, put it aside, work on the 2 panels for the frame middle part and sew inside frame front to finished frame middle panel, work on 2 panels for easel back part, put that aside, work on 4 panels that make 2 strut leg panels for strut leg pocket, then attach that to easel back panel, make your holes for hanging, then attach the strut leg pocket to the easel back panel at the top of the leg, making sure the bottom right of the strut leg pocket is aligned with the edge of the bottom right of the easel back panel. Then attached the easel back panel and strut leg pocket combo to the frame fronts and frame middle panel. The key will be in the assembling and sewing of the finished fabric parts sewn together.

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I am Kristie Hubler, artist, product designer, author of "Fabricated Frames: Instructions On Making Fabric Photo Frames" available on and ...

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