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Washable, fabric photo frames are the most sustainable photo frames using textiles. These 6 sizes of frames are for photo sizes:
2 3/4" x 3 1/2" for 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" photo
3 1/2" x 4 1/2" for 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" photo
5x7" for 4x6" photo
6 3/4" x 8 3/4" for 5x7" photo
8x10" for 5x7" photo
10x12" for 8x10" photo
The not so secret key ingredient is the use of Thermoweb Heat n Bond Ultrahold, as patterns - you can print DIRECTLY onto Ultrahold, by printing the patterns from the download onto the paper back side of the Ultrahold, cut to 8 1/2" x 11" pieces from the 5 yard roll that yields 32 8 1/2" x 11" pieces. You will need to buy 2 rolls, and will use about 1 1/2 rolls, cutting 47 8 1/2" x 11" pieces. Believe me, this way is SO much quicker! For 15 years I would hand draw the patterns using a pen and ruler, and only recently found out that you can print onto Ultrahold using an inkjet printer! I have used Ultrahold for 15 years, and it is what my patterns are made of - it allows for the frames to stand upright on a table or shelf, and allows for the frames' structures to keep their shape. Plus, I use it for my washable, fabric brooches with removable pin backs, and tree ornaments. A wonderful product! The cheapest place to buy it is at Michaels, $8.99 per roll, buy 2, but make sure to use their 50% off coupons for each roll, they offer it online, too.
There is a pocket for the removable photo and its protective sleeve, cut from an acid free sheet protector page, and pockets on the back for the mat board or cardboard easel back and strut leg boards. Ribbon connects the bottom right corner of the strut leg pocket to the back of the frame, tucked between the layers of panels that make the fabric panel parts. Button holes are made at the top and left side, centered, using your machine's zig zag stitch, length set to 1, width set to 3 up to 5, going around the slits 3 or 4 times.
All of the patterns in the download are true to size to print directly onto Ultrahold with your inkjet printer, except the frame for the 8x10" photo. That size patterns you will have to take the dimensions and transfer onto Ultrahold by hand with a pen and ruler, because 6 of the panel patterns are too big to fit on a regular 8 1/2" x 11" piece, as these 6 panels are 10x12". You can print the strut leg Ultrahold pattern 2 times, that pattern is in there.
Patterns for strut leg boards are in the download.
Quantity of all materials are also listed in the download.
There is a table of contents, with a legend explaining how I named each part of the frame, 4 pages of photo and text step by step instructions, plus I have a blog tutorial and video tutorial online, see my bio for those links, in case you lose the download. And for your convenience, you can print just the patterns towards the back of the download, so you can save ink. Just print each pattern page individually, using your printer properties window.
To wash, place in a lingerie bag, place in the washer in a cold, delicate cycle using mild detergent, no fabric softener, and air dry on a towel! Give as a gift, or keep around the house for home decor, the office, give as favors or place card frames, using scrap quilt fabric, old clothes, neckties, any recycled cloth!
Kristie Hubler, inventor of the washable, fabric photo frame, sewn & no sew patterns
Specific quantities of each material, for each frame size are listed in the download, but here is a synopsis, based on you using the same fabric for all frames in the download:
1/4 yard, 1/4 yard, 1/2 yard, 2/3 yard, 1 yard, and 1 1/2 yards of fabric
2500 meter roll of thread
Two 5 yard rolls of Thermoweb Heat n Bond Ultrahold or Heat n Bond Lite
2-3 pages from a 50 page pack of acid free sheet protectors pages
2 lengths of 9" long by 3/8" wide ribbon, 7/8" wide by 9" long ribbon, 7/8" wide by 9" long ribbon, 2 lengths of 1 1/2" wide by 9" long ribbon
20x30" sheet of mat board or cardboard from Michaels
pack of glue sticks and low temp hot glue gun
Washable, fabric photo frames are copyright protected by Kristie Hubler. All rights reserved. For personal use only. Not for resale.