Fabric Frame Tutorial



1 patisserie honey bun.
wooden 4x6 picture frame. {not plastic or metal.}
elmer's glue-all multi purpose glue. {mod podge works just as well.}
foam craft brush.

decorative ribbons, selvages &/or buttons.

pick out 4 of your fav prints from your honey bun.
{this is a teacher's gift, so i chose the 2 map-ish ones along with 2 that coordinated.}

cut your 4 honey bun strips in half.
{i cut mine right on the fold.}

now it's time to prep your frame.
i cleaned mine with some lysol all purpose cleaner.
make sure you let it dry really well.

pour your glue {or mod podge} in a bowl.
trust me it's much easier this way.
{and a wet wash cloth is very handy to have near by.}

start by brushing on some glue.
it's okay to be liberal because you want the fabric to stick.
just don't goop it like crazy and you'll be fine.
promise.

place the end of your strip on the back side of the frame.

you'll need to hold the end while you start to wrap the strip around.


and just keep wrapping.
make sure that you are wrapping the fabric tight up against the wood.
if you don't the glass and frame backing won't fit properly.

and don't be intimidated by the corners.
just add some extra glue on the folds.


when you come to the end of your strip just overlap to the next one.
and make sure that the end of the 1st strip ends up on the back side.
{you might have to trim it like i did.}

at this point you might be thinking, "why am i doing this to my fabric???"
please trust me that once it's dry you'll ♥ it.
promise.

just continue wrapping until your whole frame is done.
take your wet wash cloth and rub it gently over the whole thing.
this is to make sure there isn't a big dot of glue somewhere.

this is important:
before your glue/fabric dries, you need to fit the glass into the frame.
this will ensure that your glass & the frame backing will fit back in correctly.

set the frame aside for it to dry completely.
mine only took about 20 minutes because i set it out in the sun.

while your frame dries, go ahead and get your pic ready.
in this case i made up a little quote pic for jackson's teacher.

and after your pic is ready if you're still waiting for the frame to dry...
you can whip up one of these...

you can transform aluminum cans into cute holders by doing the same thing!!!
it's SUPER quick to do. and easy peasy.

and don't stop at those honey bun strips!!!
{i knew i was keeping all those moda decorative ribbons for a reason.}

and now...the moment you've been waiting for...
once your frame is completely dry, assemble it all together...

and voila...you have just made your very own fabric frame!!!
pure cuteness huh???

these little quote frames & pencil holders make the perfect gifts for teachers.
{and quilty pals.}

but don't forget to make some for your family pics!!!
cute, cute, cute!!!


p.s. i quilt

73 comments:

Donna said...

Woah, Rachel! I'm so impressed! And it didn't require sewing a single stitch. Great job. I sure know how to pick 'em! (Adopted children, that is !!)

Stacey said...

very nice very nice!!

Kim said...

Rachel, What a great tutorial and a wonderful gift for your son's teacher. She will love it.

annette said...

What a perfect gift for oh so many different occasions. Congratulations!

Needled Mom said...

Cute and such a nice teachers gift!

PunkiePie said...

Very cute! Thank you. I may have to do this and "borrow" the nice teacher's quote you used too!

Alex said...

great tutorial! this gives me a great idea to cover up all those frames i have that i don't like ;)
thanks!

Sherri said...

Cute idea, Rachel...and congrats on getting THE e-mail!!!

rachel griffith said...

punkie pie:
all i did for the pic was print out a quote, cut to the size of the frame.
then i took my colored pencils and sketched the apple tree on top of the words.
{i thought the apple tree was fitting for the quote.}

mamagoose said...

what a fabulous idea for all your quilty friends..and yourself, of course too! Fun for kids to make for their bestest friends! Too cool for school!

rachel griffith said...

alex:
if you look closely at the frame i used, it has dings and scratches on it.
i just didn't use it anymore so i thought, "why not repurpose it???"

i'm sure glad i did.

V and Co. said...

too cute!! ;)

Trisha said...

Super cute frames! You make it looks so easy!

Robin said...

Rachel to the rescue!! I needed some teacher gifts and these are perfect!!! Wonderful tutorial! Thanks!

ferne said...

This would be a sweet way to frame a mini quilt or other needlework! Very nice!

rachel griffith said...

thanks yall for all the SUPER sweet comments!!!
:D

RootsAndWingsCo said...

You've got to check out what my sister did! http://rootsandwingsco.blogspot.com/2009/04/teacher-appreciation-week-is-may-4th.htmlShe did the pencil holder as well, except hers is quilted. She just posted her teacher gifts today! So funny how great minds think alike!
Rebecca
RootsAndWingsCo.blogspot.com

PamKittyMorning said...

Super cute Rachel!

Mary Anne Drury said...

GREAT JOB !!!! YAY RACHEL !!!!

TexasRed said...

What a fantastic idea!

Magicaldamselfly said...

I love this idea of using fabric as I've always used scrapbook paper with mod podge but oh the idea's that come with using fabric.

Congrats on being on MODA

amandajean said...

very nice, rachel! i LOVE the pencil can idea, too.

The Winn's said...

I commented aon your awsome blog, and just wanted to say, again, your frames are sooo cute.

Fabric Mom said...

What a fabulous idea. Congrats on being a part of the Bake Shop family.

Candace said...

What a fantastic idea, Rachel! Congratulations on becoming a Bake Shop gal!
Cheers!

SandyQuilts said...

Congrats girl. I can say I know someone famous now. LOL

Wonderful project ... congrats again.

Chris said...

This is toooo cute! Great idea right here at the end of school...lots of gifts for teachers needed! Thanks Rachel and Moda! Love you both!! :)

rachel griffith said...

again...thanks for the sweet comments.
:D

Pat said...

Great job, Rachel. I enjoyed seeing your tutorial and will have to give this one a try!

Andrea said...

What a great idea! I love that it doesn't require sewing...using the beautiful fabric in a different way. I'm going to try this with some of my stash!
Thanks!

dotti white said...

Rachel...I love the tutorial. The fabric covered frames and can are sweet. I am a teacher and I have covered cans before with cool school fabric and they work wonderful! Please check out my tutorial for a kid-made mother's day gift. I know you have kids but it might be fun for them to do for grandparents, too. If you know of anyone who might be interested, send them over to my blog. I would love to share this fun idea! Congratulations on your work with Moda...Crazy me, I thought you already were one of the staff! Have a great week!

Dianah said...

Looks like I really need to get my hands on a honeybun now. I wish ONE of the local shops would carry them!

Dy

Jilly's Space said...

You're so smart..what a great idea!

Jackie said...

Great idea Rachel!

Natalie said...

Well you already know I think your awesome. Way to go!!! Coming from a teacher I would LOVE to get this gift. Super cute idea.

Dawn said...

Super cute!! Gotta go tell you on you blog now!!

Heidi said...

wow! You have so many neat ideas and creations! I am amazed at the inspirations i find on women everywhere on their blogs! Keep it up! You have a gift!!

Kritta22 said...

I never would have thought of doing that with my honey bun!

You are too cute!

rachel griffith said...

yall make my ♥ happy.
:D

kelliemorgan said...

What a great idea. You can make so many with one package. Great idea!

sewtakeahike said...

nice tutorial Rachel! Thank-you so much!

Lisa said...

Terrific tutorial. I'm glad to find something new to make for the kid's teachers this year!

Sharon said...

How cute!! Way to go Rachel.

happy zombie said...

Super cute Rachel!

artycrafty said...

What a great idea!
That can looks fab and oh my what groovy frames!

Sue said...

fantastic work Rachel. They look great.

Jacque. said...

The tutorial is well-written, the photos are awesome and it's going to be fun making some of these! Way to go!

Simone de Klerk said...

Great tutorial, Rachel. And fast to do. Always nice.

michele said...

I just found your blog today and it looks a lot of fun. There's a lot of great ideas here. How do you find your peojects?

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

yayyy rachel

Tiff said...

What a neat idea!! I am going to show my daughter how to do those. She would enjoy that!

rachel griffith said...

thanks again yall for all the lovely comments.

and michelle...
most of the time, my projects are "see a need, fill a need" based.
and then other times i'm just inspired...by alot of things and alot of people.

Anne said...

doubling my chances...hope it works. very cute stuff btw!

lambie-pie said...

Very cute!

Lisa said...

What a great idea Rachel! Your frame is adorable!!

Bugzmommy said...

I LOVE this recipe!!! This is exactly what I needed. Next week is teacher appreciation week so me and my daughter will work on this over the weekend to give to her teachers!

Molly said...

Yay Rachel! Love this!!

Aimee said...

Great idea! I love the matching pencil holder!

rachel griffith said...

thanks again yall.

Dionne said...

These are SO awesome! Not only fun for me, but something I can do with my kids as well!
Cheers,
Dionne

Shabby Raggy Roses said...

Brilliant tutorial Rachel - I'll be making a few of these!
Best wishes,
Jenelle

jabeybaby said...

I love this frame idea, so cute!!

Amanda said...

Way to go Rachel!!! I love these!

SandyN said...

How cute. Anyone can make it as a gift. What a great idea. Blessings

Suzanne, Suz, Zanny, Zan... said...

Great idea! I have a ton of old frames I was preparing to give to Good Will. I think I will save a few for this project! :) Thanks!
~~~Suzanne

rachel griffith said...

thanks again for all the sweet comments yall.

Micki said...

I absolutely love this project and I'm so glad I found the tutorial last week! I hope it's okay, but I posted a link to it on my blog after using it. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

http://mickismenagerie.blogspot.com/2009/10/on-roll.html

toadfool said...

i threw out about 50 frames when we moved house recently. aaaarrrrgh.

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Ashok Mahathas said...

I really enjoyed this tutorial.Picture Frames can be also be personalized to gift your friends with their names & a cute quote.

Whitney said...

Love this idea and would like to use it in my nursery....how were you able to get the back of the picture frame on? Didn't covering it with fabric cover the little slots as well?

leahbarnard said...

I'm impressed with how you personalized the frame. It looks unique, because you used a different design of fabric. Thanks for this tutorial!
- Leah Barnard

Jenny Ross said...

Amazing. Will love to share this beautiful picture framing idea with our readers too, with citation of course.