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6 sizes of washable, no sew, fabric photo frames

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Make 6 different sized washable, no sew, fabric photo frames, for photo sizes:
1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
2 1/2" x 3 1/2" (perfect for weddings, showers, events as favors or place card frames)
2 sizes for 5x7" at 6 3/4" x 8 3/4" and 8x10" overall size

Smallest frame, for 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" photo, is a convertible tabletop photo frame to a photo frame brooch jewelry pin with removable strut leg pocket, attached with velcro / hook & loop!

Photo pocket is made when 1/8" wide ribbon is thread through holes (marked and printed on patterns) that you poke and cut out using a pair of embroidery scissors, that connect 3 inside panels to make the pocket, for the photo and protective sleeve, which is a clear, acid free, sheet protector page cut to the size of the photo.

The back of the frame has removable mat board easel back & strut leg boards that slide out of their pockets on the back. Ribbon connects the bottom right corner of the strut leg pocket to the back of the frame. Poke and cut out holes on the left & top, centered, on the back of the frame, to hang the frame.

The not so secret ingredient is Thermoweb Heat n Bond Ultrahold, which allows for the frame to stand on a table or shelf, and keep its structure, with the help of the slide out mat board or card board easel back & strut leg boards. You can get this by the 5 yard roll, buy 2 rolls for this project, each roll yields 32 - 8 1/2" x 11" pieces to print your patterns DIRECTLY ONTO ULTRAHOLD, run through your inkjet printer. The most cost effective way is buy the rolls at Michaels, using their store coupons for both rolls - that's the cheapest way.

To clean, place inside a comfortably fitting lingerie bag, removing the photo, sleeve, & boards, place in the washer on a cold, delicate cycle using mild detergent, no fabric softener, and air dry standing the frame on a towel.

You can use scrap quilt fabric, recycle clothes, neckties, cloth, recycle some textile that is damaged, but still usable - perfect as home decor, stationery, the office, or give as a gift.

Everything is marked on the patterns that you will print onto Ultrahold, all of the circle holes, guide lines, lines to cut away excess fabric, lines to cut into inner seam allowance corners, lines for seam allowance edges.


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two 1/4 yard strips for 2 smallest frames, 1/2 yard piece for frame for 4x6", two 1 yard pieces for 5x7" photos, 1 1/2 yards for the largest frame - buy more fabric if print is large - tip: to determine quantity of fabric, and layout of print patterns, use remaining sheet protector pages, print patterns onto paper, trace over with Sharpie marker, cut out patterns, bring with you to fabric store, and lay over fabric to determine layout and quantity to buy.

RIBBON, 2 lengths, 1/8" wide by x" long, 9" long by x" wide:
for 1 1/2" x 2 1/2": 1/8" wide by 2 feet long. 9" long by 3/8" wide
for 2 1/2" x 3 1/2": 1/8" wide by 3 feet long, 9" long by 3/8" wide
for 4" x 6": 1/8" wide by 4 feet long, 9" long by 7/8" wide
for 5" x 7" smaller frame: 1/8" wide by 5 feet long, 9" long by 7/8" wide
for 5" x 7" larger: 1/8" wide by 6 feet long, 9" long by 1 1/2" wide
for 8x10: 1/8" wide by 7 feet long, 9" long by 1 1/2" wide

cut as many 8 1/2" x 11" pieces from roll as you can, roll yields 32 pieces 8 1/2" x 11" each
each size photo uses:
1 1/2" x 2 1/2": 2 printouts
2 1/2" x 3 1/2": 3 printouts
4x6": 8 printouts
5x7" (6 3/4" x 8 3/4" oa): 8 printouts
5x7" (8x10" oa): 10 printouts
8x10": 16 printouts

mat board OR cardboard, patterns in download, buy & cut this amount for photo sizes:
1 1/2" x 2 1/2": 4x3"
2 1/2" x 3 1/2": 5x4
4x6": 7x6"
5x7" (6 3/4" x 8 3/4" oa): 9x8"
5x7" (8x10" oa): 14x9"
8x10": 20x11"

one sheet protector page per photo size, can get 3 smallest frame protective sleeves out of one sheet protector page, use remaining pages for fabric panel pattern layout, if need be - cut to photo size, with side "fold" of sheet protector page as "bottom" of 2 sided protective sleeve - can buy a 50 page pack at Target, Walgreens, Walmart - make sure the label says "ACID FREE"

1" length x 3/4" wide velcro / hook & loop, sew on OR sticky back (sticky back is better for this project, cut 3 pairs - 2 pairs 1/4" by 3/4", one pair 1/2" x 3/4"

bar style metal pin back, 1 3/4" length, mechanisms on both ends 1 1/4" on center (oc), sold in packs of 10, 44, 48, under $4 per pack at Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, AC Moore, online

EMBROIDERY SCISSORS: will need to poke and cut out holes on patterns, marked on the pattern
fabric scissors, paper scissors
pack of 100 hot glue sticks and low temp glue gun, won't need more than 1/3 to half the pack
ruler, pen, Sharpie marker
straight pins or safety pins

optional: rotary fabric cutter,self healing mat, paper trimmer