Have a look at how to frame a patchwork for display on the wall. It's a great DIY way to use fabric as wall art. If you love patchwork and sewing mini quilts but wish to prevent them from gathering dust on the wall, have a look at this easy how-to. It's an affordable way to get your creative projects on display. Or turn them into lovely DIY gifts for your friends.
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How To Frame a Patchwork
Have you got a piece of fabric you adore and would love to look at every day? Or even better, you've made a cute little patchwork or even finished a mini quilt, and now it deserves to be seen! I'll walk you through the easy process of inserting a patchwork into a frame. Easy and sweet!
You can use picture frames to put your beautiful fabric scraps on display. This way, you can create the perfect gift, or decorate your home like a pro.
I'm not a quilter. But I do love my fabric scraps, and last time I started putting them randomly together because my fabric-scraps storage box was getting full. This mini patchwork came out of the sewing machine.
I loved the process of sewing (improvisation, yey!) and I loved how it turned out as well. Instead of grabbing a little piece of batting and white cotton for backing to bind it, I searched for a little frame. You see the rest of the story here.
- a picture frame. Use affordable, ready made frames.
- your patchwork or mini quilt
- optional: double-side tape
- tools: scissors, screwdriver, ruler, pencil
- iron and a pressing board - make this diy ironing board
Note on where to get frames: I'm a huge fan of Ikea frames! Ikea always has a great range of affordable frames, modern or traditional ones. You can even stock up on those when discounted. I purchased a ton of adorable Fanaholm frames when I found out they were to be discontinued. I've still got a bunch of them unwrapped, and many many many more in use already! If you want something similar, Ikea Virserum picture frame, and the Söndrum is so cute too!
1) Disassemble the frame. Take off the backing, the glass and any other layers. Make sure the glass front is free of any stains or dust - you might need to wipe it first.
2) Decide on how you'd like your patchwork to be oriented in the frame. Experimenting is safe at this point 🙂
3) You may never see this again, but yes, I decided to cut up a piece of patchwork to make the beautiful part stand out. Personal preferences 🙂
The more usual way to frame a patchwork would be finding a frame big enough to have the entire piece intact. And this is what an avid quilter would probably do. A lovely, finished quilting block should never need to be cut.
Give it another press if needed. I decided to press all seam allowances open to make the patchwork as flat as possible. I like to keep my diy tabletop ironing board close by, so I don't need to get up when sewing together tuny patchwork pieces.
BONUS TIP: Hang your patchwork somewhere out of direct sunlight to avoid the fabric fading. Any decoration with fabric on it, you'll always want it out of direct sunlight!
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