Wednesday, September 22, 2010

picture frames for hanging

Here is a graphic - I will post pictures later today.

This week at the nursing home I taught picture frames. Usually they are done on the serger - quick and easy. But for them it had to be on a sewing machine.

I love these because I make them in all shapes..circles, hearts, cathedral, square and rectangle. It is so easy to make the templates. For the square - trace a square shape on a piece of poster board or card board. Next trace it again on another piece of poster board. But on the second one - measure and trace a line about an 1" in from the outside line. Round all corners. Cut out the middle and now you have the front and the solid piece is the back. Cover the back with a piece of fabric and use a hand sewing needle and thread and do a running stitch to pull it around the shape.
Now cut a strip of fabric about 4" x 45" or width of fabric.
With WRONG sides together fold in half lengthwise.
Set up the serger for a rolled hem. Just skim the edge, don't cut too much off.
Rolled hem down the long side - not the short ends.
Cut a slash in the side of the front piece of poster board. Now shirr the tube fabric onto the front section.

Place a piece of ribbon on back (for hanging on the wall) of the solid piece and glue the short ends of the ribbon to where the running stitch is hold the fabric to the back.

Arrange the picture between the tubed piece and the back and secure with lots of fabric tack glue.

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