Seeing as this is our first DIY post, we decided to make something extra special for you! We found the inspiration for this project walking through a boutique in Winnipeg, and they had a frame like this selling for 105$! We thought we could make this for a lot less and have fun while doing it.
What you need:
- Stuffing (I bought a large 20 oz. but only used 1/6 of the bag)
- Two 26” long pieces of Black Ribbon
- Unbleached Cotton - Enough for two 16” x 19” pieces
- Stencils (I used a Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Kit: 32255 Flourish)
- Sponge Brush
- Plastic Dish or Paper Plate
- Acrylic Paint (I used two FolkArt colors: 989 Licorice and 658 Metallic Antique Gold)
- Straight-Edged Rectangle, approx. 8.5” x 11” (I used the lid of a shoe box, but a notebook would work as well)
Measure and cut 2 pieces of the fabric that measure 19” x 16” in dimension. This will allow room for an 8 x 11 void space with a 4” border for the frame.
For reference, on one of your pieces of fabric, trace a rectangle using the shoebox lightly with a pencil. Allow for 4” on all the sides as a border; this will become the frame. Place the second piece of fabric aside.
On the same piece of fabric that you traced your rectangle on, use the stencils (or if you’re feeling ambitious you can free-hand), to decorate the outer edge of your frame. It is important to place some newspaper down as the paint will most likely seep through the fabric. I mainly eye-balled where I placed my stencil; using tape to hold it in place. I interchanged between my two paint colours, using the plastic dish to place the paint in and the sponge brush to apply the paint. Keep in mind that you don’t need much paint to cover stencil pattern.
Once the paint has dried (or if you’re impatient, like me, you can cut the drying time significantly by using a blow dryer), free hand sketch the basic outline of your frame with a pencil. This pencil line will become a guideline for your stitches.
Grab that second piece of fabric you placed aside and put it on the back of your painted fabric piece; making sure they line up perfectly. Using pins, pin along the inner edge of the frame to secure the two pieces together. Begin to sew the inside of your frame, using your pencil outline as a guide.
*This step could also be done on a sewing machine to cut time down, although, I chose the hand stitching for its unique and imperfect look.
Once stitching the inner part of the frame is complete, you can cut the inner part of the material to create the void or “picture” space. Leave an additional ¼” between your cut line and stitches. This process does not have to be perfect; the edges will and are intended to fray!
Time to sew on the two pieces of ribbon, to the backside fabric only. Pin the ribbon so it lines up with the inner corners of the void space and are placed approx. in the middle or 2” from the outer edges, and then sew in place.
Stitch the outer edges together, once again using your pencil sketch as a guideline. Once you complete stitching one side of the frame, stuff it with stuffing, then continue until you have stuffed and stitched together your entire frame! When stuffing only use small pieces at a time. To finish, trim the outside edge with scissors like you did in Step Five; leaving a ¼” border.
Hang & Enjoy!
This project could be done with many variations in shapes, sizes, colours and fabrics! Share with us your puffy frame creations and leave a comment letting us know what you think!
Truebluemeandyou: Really clever and you could either go traditional or color crazy and make a mini art installation out of a grouping of these.
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