Framing Embroidery

Framing Embroidery


Framing your embroidery is a great way to display your beautiful handiwork. It also makes a fantastic gift that can be cherished for many years.

We used the Everlasting Life design for our framed piece, but there are lots of designs at Embroidery Library that would make great choices. Here are a couple of suggestions you could try: Flowers of the Bible, Our House Rules, or Vintage Signs. For even more inspiration, click here to view framed pieces featured in the Stitchers Showcase.

Read below for these free project instructions.



Supplies Needed:

**Picture frame (with back)

**Pre-cut mat or mat board (pre-
   cut mats sized to fit your

**Sturdy fabric - like twill or
   lightweight canvas (we used

**Medium-weight cutaway

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen (or other marking

**Craft knife (extra sharp - with a
   new blade) and cutting mat

**Straight edge and pencil with

**Permanent all-purpose spray

**Large piece of tag board or
   poster board


Designs used:
Everlasting Life - Large

Robin on Flowering Branch - Small

The Everlasting Life design is also available in the following design packs:

A Jesus Said Design Pack - Large, Small

Project Tips:
For our framed piece, we used a 6"x10" design. This size design fits well within an 11"x14" frame (including a pre-cut mat).
The mat is sized for an 11"x14" frame with an 8"x10" opening. We purchased our frame and mat at Michaels. It's helpful to bring a printed template of the design with you when purchasing your supplies. Allow about 3/4 to 1 inch between the outer edges of the design and the inner edges of the frame or mat. That way, you can choose the perfect size frame and mat for your design.

To begin, we will prepare the fabric for the embroidery. Lay the fabric flat with the right side facing up (we are using linen).

Remove the back from the frame and lay it on top of the fabric. Using an air-erase pen (or other marking tool), trace the shape onto the fabric. Also, trim the fabric around the outer edge of the shape, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of excess.

Remove the back of the frame and measure the center of each side of the fabric by dividing by two. Draw lines to connect the marks - where the lines meet is the exact center of the fabric. The lines will be used for positioning the design and hooping the fabric.


Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software.
If you don't have embroidery software, you can cut a piece of paper the shape and dimensions of the design to help with placement and centering. If you'd like a recommendation for an embroidery program that can make templates, consider Embird from

Trim around the design, poke a hole in the center of the template and align it with the center point on the fabric.

If you are adding a pre-cut mat, align the mat with the outer shape. Make sure the design fits well within the shape - there should be at least 3/4 inch to 1 inch of space between the outer edges of the design and the inner edges of the mat (or frame if you are not adding a mat).

Remove the template and mat and spray a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric. Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.


When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the back of the embroidery.


Spray the inner side of the frame backing with permanent all-purpose adhesive.


Place the fabric on top of the frame backing, aligning the outer lines on the fabric with the frame backing. Smooth in place.


Flip the frame backing over and spray the top and bottom edge with adhesive. Fold the excess fabric over and use your hands to press it in place.


Spray the remaining side edges with adhesive, fold the fabric, and press it in place. Trim off the excess fabric at each corner.


Now, we will show you how to cut a mat using mat board. We found our mat board at Michaels. Cut a piece of mat board to fit your frame. Our frame is 11 inches by 14 inches so we cut a piece of mat board 11 inches by 14 inches. Using a pencil, mark the center of the shape by measuring and dividing by two. Then, draw faint lines to connect the marks.


Align the template with the center point on the mat. Measure and mark out equal distances around the outer edges of the design (we marked out 1/2 inch). Then, for each mark, measure the distance from the mark to the outer edges of the mat. Using those measurements, move over a few inches from each of your original marks and make a new mark. Draw a line to connect the two marks. Do this on each side of the mat. 

Be sure to label the top of the mat on the back side so you can easily replace the mat in the frame later on.


ay the mat on top of the cutting pad. Place a straight edge along the outer edge of each line. Hold the straight edge down with one hand, and hold a craft knife with the other hand. Hold the knife at a 45 degree angle against the straight edge (the knife should lean towards the straight edge) and cut along each line, starting and stopping at each corner. Be sure to use a sharp knife (preferably with a new blade) for easier cutting and safety.


Once the mat has been cut, erase all of the marks.


Now it is time to assemble the frame! Lay the frame flat, face down with the glass in place. If you cut your own mat, add the mat, face down, paying close attention to placing the top of the mat at the top of the frame.


Insert the backing inside the frame, with the embroidery facing down. The top edge of the embroidery should be aligned with the top edge of the frame. 

Press the frame in place and bend the closures back to their original positions. If you can't get the closures to bend back, that is ok - we will show you how to finish the back and hold everything in place.


To finish the frame, cut a piece of tag board or poster board about one inch smaller than the frame backing (we cut our tag board 10 inches by 13 inches). Spray the board with permanent adhesive and smooth it on top of the frame backing.

If your closures did not bend back properly, cut a piece of board a bit larger than the frame backing, spray it with adhesive, and smooth it on the back of the frame. This finishes the back and holds everything in place.

Your framed embroidery is complete! Hang your work with pride or give your framed piece as a special gift.



Use these techniques for framing large or small designs. We framed this 4"x4" size design inside a 5"x7" size frame. It's the perfect item for a desk or shelf, you can also make an entire framed set to display together as a wall hanging.

Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.

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