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I am Kristie Hubler, artist, product designer, pattern maker, & owner of http://fabricatedframes.com

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WASHABLE FABRIC PHOTO FRAMES, 6 PATTERNS how to make front of frame instructions
WASHABLE FABRIC PHOTO FRAMES, 6 PATTERNS Craftsy patterns make 6 washable frames
WASHABLE FABRIC PHOTO FRAMES, 6 PATTERNS supplies and materials for fabric frame
WASHABLE FABRIC PHOTO FRAMES, 6 PATTERNS parts of washable photo frame

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cutting a basic office supply acid free sheet protector page the size of the photo, with an inexpensive craft store paper trimmer OR a ruler and straight pins or Sharpie Marker and paper scissors
  • eye for pattern alignment / matching
  • folding and pressing seam allowances of fabric panel patterns with Thermoweb Heat N Bond Ultrahold fabric adhesive - EASY
  • using hot glue sticks and low temp glue gun
  • cutting fabric and basic sewing
  • using your zig zag stitch function on your sewing machine to make a button hole
  • 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
  • using Thermoweb Heat n Bond Ultrahold to print your patterns in this download onto cut 8 1/2" x 11" pieces, 32 piece from a 5 yard roll of Ultrahold or Heat n Bond Lite

Pattern Description:


All you need is fabric, ribbon, mat board or cardboard, an acid free sheet protector page, thread, and Thermoweb Heat n Bond Ultrahold, a paper backed, iron on, fabric adhesive - everything, including tools, except for the sewing machine and iron, can be bought at a craft or fabric store!

You'll print the patterns directly onto Ultrahold cut to 8 1/2" x 11" pieces, a length of ribbon per frame size to connect the bottom right corner of the strut leg pocket to the back of the frame, mat board or cardboard for removable easel back & strut leg boards that slide out of their pockets, the sheet protector is the photo's protective sleeve.

First off, I LOVE FABRIC, and in making fabric photo frames, sewn & washable was the way to go! It took me 5 years, but I invented them in 2005, and now I am sharing them with you!
Two of my washable, sewn, fabric photo frames and tutorial were featured in Sew I Today magazine, last year, showing chevron & medallion fabric from the Trapeze collection, from The Fabric Loft at Target!
In how I came about inventing these frames, I found that the fabric photo frames out on the market were not washable.

By 2005, I had come up with a structure to make them WASHABLE and SEWN plus 6 size patterns, 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. Crafters can also make my NO SEW, washable., fabric photo frames, invented this year in 2015.

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, as well as here on Craftsy, where you can make an 8x10" frame for a 5x7" photo using cut up neckties, you'll see a photo of President Clinton shown next to my customer's late husband at http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/home-decor/washable-sewn-fabric-frame-5x7-photo/96026

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.

You can buy fabric with my art for sale, in repeat patterns, at http://spoonflower.com/profiles/fabricatedframes & at http://zazzle.com/fabricatedframes/fabric and you will see on Zazzle that I have pre - formatted photo frame panel part layouts on yard, swatch, and fat quarter panels, for crafters and quilters to make fabric photo frames from them.
Thank you!
Kristie Hubler, inventor of washable, fabric photo frames, copyright protected, all rights reserved. For personal use only. Not for resale.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 6 sizes in this sewing pattern download, for photo sizes: 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., 10x12" for 8x10" photo


  • two 5 yard rolls of Ultrahold from Michaels $8.99 per roll, minus 50% off with store coupons, for pattern print outs
  • FABRIC: minumum 1/4 yard of fabric, 1/2 yard if you are using a complicated print, to align print, each, for 2 smallest frames, 1/2 yard for the frame for the 4x6" photo, 3/4 yard for the smaller frame for the 5x7 photo, 1 yard for the 8x10" frame for the 5x7" photo, and 1 1/2 to 2 yards for the frame for the 8x10" photo
  • 9" long length of ribbon - 3/8" wide for the 2 smallest frames, 7/8" for the 4x6" and the smaller frame for the 5x7" photo, 1 1/2" wide for the 2 biggest frames for the 8x10" for the 5x7", and the frame for the 8x10" photo
  • 32x40" from AC Moore for $8, or 20x30" mat board or cardboard from Michaels for $5, for removable easel back and strut leg boards for all 6 sizes - acid free - use store coupon to save money
  • 1 pack of 50 acid free clear sheet protector pages, from Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, $3.49 to $5 per pack
  • one roll of thread, coordinating with the background color of the fabric, 2500m roll Gutermanns is good, from JoAnn Fabric
  • denim weight needles, pack of straight pins, sewing machine, iron, fabric scissors, embroidery scissors, paper scissors
  • ruler, pen, Sharpie marker
  • optional: self healing mat, rotary fabric cutter, mini iron to use instead of your household iron, utility knife to cut mat board

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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