Yay, I got my April Christmas Through The Year gift done! And I'm going to share with you how I made it. It's easy and quick! Forgive the pics, it got dark while I was working.
First, figure out what kind of picture you want the frame to be for - a 4x6 [which is what I used], a small school picture, etc. For a family with schoolchildren, a school picture size would be a great gift - they could keep the frame up and just change out the picture. I used a 4x6 so that's the size we're doing with for this tutorial.
You will need:
5x7 rectangle of plain fabric for center
4 strips of border fabric, 2 1/4 x 10 inches [I'm a little fuzzy on the length - you might not need it that long]
ribbon to coordinate with border
fabric for binding
Take your center rectangle, and fold it in half both ways and finger press. You're finding the center of your sides.
Get your glue stick, and glue your ribbon in place from the center top to the center side, top and bottom. The glue stick is important - pins will shift!
Now take one of your border strips and attach to a side. Then attach the other side.
Take it over to your cutting table and trim the extra off.
Open your sides and press, being careful not to scorch your ribbon.
Next, you'll attach the top and bottom.
Now you'll baste your batting and backing [I used white felt for batting!] and quilt as desired.
I kept the quilting very simple - just a wavy line around the inside seam. Trim your edges.
Add your binding.
Cut a piece of magnetic tape, peel off the backing, and attach to the top - you can also add a piece to each side, so the frame can be used in any direction and will hold well to your refrigerator.
Add a picture, and you're done!
Pretty easy, eh? I'd made a couple of these years ago, and thought they would make a good gift. Whatever size picture you use, cut your center fabric one inch bigger. I cut mine originally 1/2 inch bigger, and had to trim my picture down. This whole thing took me a couple of hours to make, but I was taking pictures as I went. And I'm SLOW.
I have a correction to my last tutorial post. For the matching bag and wallet tutorial from Gluesticks, the wallet tutorial is actually by my sweet friend Cyndi of Bluebird's Wing! I confess I didn't click on the link before posting. Sorry Cyndi!
Let me know if you make any of these, I would love to see them! I think I'll be adding flowers and embellishments to some as well. You could have some fun with them!