It's getting that time again, Valentine's Day. Instead of coming up with something red, pink and glittery for your special someone how about something both cool and useful? Like a patchwork fabric frame? I made mine out of Daisy Janie fabrics, with a little Kaffe Fassett shot cotton thrown in and I love how it turned out.
. If you have any questions about the instructions (and there is a good chance of that) just email me and I'll answer.
Materials: For the front
5/8 yard of piping
For the back
1/2 yard for outside back (E)
1/2 yard for inside back (F)
12 inch dowel rod
Start by cutting the pieces for the front. (A) Cut 4 pieces 4x 4 1/2 (B) Cut 4 pieces 3x4 ( C) Cut 2 pieces 2x4 (D) Cut 2 pieces 6 x 4 ½
Cut your pieces for the back. (E) Cut 2 pieces 12x8 (F) Cut 2 pieces 12x4 Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance
You will start by stitching together your pieces for the front of the frame's top and bottom strips. Arrange pieces in order of A, B, C, B, A. Starting at the left side take pieces A and B and lay them right sides together and stitch down the 4” side. Do the same with piece B to C, C to B and B to A. You will now have the top strip of your frame. Do the same for your bottom.
Here is your ABCBA stripYou see in this picture piece A lined up edge to edge with piece B, right sides together. Granted, you can't see piece B as it is under A, but you get the idea.
When your top and bottom strips are ready it is time to attach them with piece D. We will start with your top strip. On the left side of your strip you will match piece D to piece A at the 4 1/2" side, right sides together. Stitch. Do the same on the right side of your frame.Here you see piece D right sides together, short side matching with piece AAnd here is what you will see when you press piece D open after stitching to A. When you have the top strip stitched to both D panels, add the bottom strip in the same manner. You should now have a patchwork square with an open square in the middle. Be sure that you have pressed open all of your seams. Now fold over 1/2 seam all around the open square and press to the inside. Now it's time for piping!
Here is the front of your frame after you have finished with the piping. You are almost done, now for the back. (One possible confusing note about the back. I was trying to be a good sewist and use scraps in this project and my piece E is shown with 2 fabrics, as I had to make do with what I had. You will just have one fabric.)
Here is my piece E with piece F on top, right sides together
Here is the front of the frame and one side of the back ready to be pinned, right sides together long sides matching.
And here are both back pieces. You will notice an overlap of fabric in the middle. Measure down from the top of your frame one inch, mark. Stitch along the top edge of the frame. Now you will stitch around the other three sides, stopping and starting at the one inch mark. This will leave an opening for your dowel rod
This is what your dowel opening at the top of your frame will look like.