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Quilted Photo Frame

 

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.


Showcase your favorite embroidery and photography with a stunning quilted photo frame. Customize the embroidered panels and patterned fabric for different seasons and holidays, and change out with different photos as the years go by.


Project Needs & Notes

- 1/4 yard solid-colored quilter's cotton (for embroidered pieces)
- 1/4 yard print quilter's cotton (for corners and back)
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1/3 yard stiff fusible interfacing
- 1/3 yard cotton batting
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Straight edge
- 1/2" wide ribbon (for hangers)
- Button magnets, hot glue and gun (optional)

For this tutorial, I used the medium and small sizes of the Christmas Wish Poinsettia Border design. Find even more Christmas border designs here.

Finished Size: 9 1/4" x 11" (sized for 5" x 7" photo). These instructions can be used for any size photo. Simply adjust the width and height measurements to fit your photo size.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

First, prepare the fabric for the top and bottom embroidered pieces.

Using an air-erase pen, draw a rectangle on the solid-colored quilter's cotton that is the width of your photo by 3".

Because I am using a 5" x 7" photo, I will mark a rectangle that is 5" x 3".

If your photo is 4" x 6", mark a rectangle that is 4" x 3".

Measure and mark the center of each side and draw lines connecting the marks.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

A template is a printout of the design, and it's an excellent tool for planning where to stitch. Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.

If you do not have embroidery software to print templates, try  Wilcom's TrueSizer, a free program.

Place the template within the shape. There should be at least 3/4" in between the outer edges of the design and of the shape.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine and move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer away from the back.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Use a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and straight edge to cut out the shape.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Prepare the remaining embroidered pieces by making rectangles that are the height dimension of the photo by 3".

Because I am using a 5" x 7" photo, I will mark a rectangle that is 7" x 3".
 

If your photo is 4" x 6", mark a rectangle that is 6" x 3".


E
mbroider the designs, and cut out the pieces.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

To prepare the corners, cut four pieces of the print cotton fabric to 3" x 3".

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Assemble the frame.

Lay the long embroidered side rectangles flat with the right sides facing up.

Align the corners on top, right sides together and aligned with the ends of the side pieces.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along each short end only.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Press the back seam open with an iron.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Next, lay the short embroidered rectangles flat with the right sides facing up.

Lay one of the assembled pieces on top of both short rectangles, right sides together. Align as shown.


Pin in place.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the end of the short rectangles and the corner piece, starting at the outer edges and ending 1/4" short of the inner edge.

Press the seams.

Then, add the remaining assembled piece to the opposite ends of the short rectangles following these same steps. The front panel is complete.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Lay the cotton batting flat and place the print cotton fabric on top, right side facing up.

Place the assembled front panel on top of both the print fabric and the cotton fabric, right sides together.

Pin in place and cut through all the layers around the outer edge of the front panel. Also, cut around the inner shape of the front panel.

Sew a 1/4" seam along both outer long sides and one short end (leave one of the short ends open for turning).

Turn right side out; press.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Turn the fabric over to the back and cut 3/8" slits in the back fabric at each inner corner.

Trim 1/4" of the batting around the entire inner shape.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Fold the inner edge of the front panel to the wrong side 1/4" around the edges of the batting and press.

Then, fold the inner edge of the back panel to the wrong side 1/4" and press.

Pin in place and topstitch a 1/8" seam along the entire inner edge of the frame.

Fold the fabric of the open end in 1/4" and press.

Pin in place and top stitch a 1/8" seam along the entire outer edge of the frame.

Also, stitch along the existing seams to quilt in between the shapes.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

To prepare the back, cut a piece of stiff fusible interfacing a bit smaller than the frame.

Align the interfacing with the back side of the frame.

Using a pressing cloth, press three of the sides in place -- pressing about 1" in from the outer edges of the interfacing on both long sides and one end. Leave one end unpressed.

This end will be left open to allow for the photo to be inserted.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

To make the frame magnetic, add button magnets to the back corners of the frame.

Add a couple drops of hot glue to the magnets and press them in place.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Or, add ribbon hangers.

Cut small slits in the interfacing on the back of the frame about 2" in from the outer corners and 1/2" in from the outer edges of the interfacing.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Cut 18" lengths of 1/2" ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the slits, form loops and tie the ribbon in a knot.

Tie the ribbon into bows to complete!

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

Insert the photo inside the frame from the open end.

Free project instructions to make a Quilted Photo Frame.

This gorgeous quilted photo frame can easily be updated for any season or holiday.

Simply choose different patterned fabric, embroidery designs, and your favorite photos.


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

Products used in this Project:

Christmas Wish Poinsettia Border $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.42" x 2.34" | 5.96" x 1.48"

Christmas Wish Poinsettia Border $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.10" x 1.49"

A Christmas Glitz Design Pack $15.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.25" x 9.42" | 3.09" x 6.88"