How to make a fabric frame

How to sew a fabric frame

How to sew a fabric frame

I want to display all of my embroidery projects in my hallway, so I have been scouring second-hand shops for nice frames. So far I haven’t found any gems, but my embroidery projects are piling up. So I decided to make a fabric frame.

I got this polar bear embroidery project from a friend for my birthday last year. He also gave me some of his old coats to use for scraps. So I decided to cut up one of his coats for the fabric frame, because I liked the symbolism of it.

How to sew a fabric frameWhat you need:

  • Something to frame
  • 4 Strips of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or a needle if you do it by hand
  • Thread
  • Piece of cardboard the same size as whatever you want to frame
  • Small piece of ribbon


How to sew a fabric frame

So first I measured how big the frame had to be and then I cut out 4 strips of fabric. First I hemmed the side that was going to be along the framed item, so the inner part of the frame.

Make a fabric frame

Then I ironed the corners of the strips where I wanted to attach them to each other. After sewing them together I cut off the corners, so the frame would not get too bulky in the four corners.

How to make a fabric frame

How to sew a fabric frameHow to make a fabric frame

Then I folded the strips over the length to form the frame and ironed in the folds. Then I cut out a piece of cardboard the same size as I wanted the polar bear in the frame to be, and I made sure it fit properly. When it did I closed the bottom corners on the back of the frame. I did not make it super fancy, because it is the back of the frame and no one will ever see it.

How to sew a fabric frame

How to make a fabric frame

Because my embroidery fabric is white and somewhat see-through I also cut a square of white paper to put over the cardboard to make sure you don’t see the cardboard. Then I put the polar bear embroidery in the frame and closed up the two top corners.

How to sew a fabric frameI cut the small piece of black ribbon I had in half (I cut it out of an old t-shirt, you are supposed to use them to hang the shirt on a hanger, but I always cut them out and save them). I made two little loops and stitched them to the back. And voila, the fabric frame is ready to be hung on the wall.

Off course you could use the frame for other things then embroidery. It can be cute for photos or paintings. You can use different fabrics for each side, so it is a good project for using up some scraps. You can add some lace or embroidery to the frame. The options are endless. Let me know what you made in the comments 🙂

Sewing a Jip & Janneke pillow

Jip en Janneke are 2 characters in a series of famous Dutch children’s books by Annie M.G. Schmidt. In the Netherlands everyone grew up with these stories, and I think they have been translated into many languages. I have loved the drawings in the books by Miep Westendorp for so long.

One of my brothers is dating an American girl and she is using the books to learn Dutch. So a couple of months ago I made her a pillow with their picture on it. I loved the pillow so much I decided to make some for myself too!

Sewing a Jip & Janneke pillowJip & Janneke pillow

Jip & Janneke on fabric

I measured and cut 4 squares out of an old white curtain. Then I got some Jip & Janneke images I liked and enlarged them and copied them onto pattern paper. Then used a textile marker to copy them on to the fabric. After that I sewed the squares together and stuffed them with stuffing. And now they live on my couch. And i can mix and match whichever of the 4 images I want to see that day 🙂

Jip & Janneke pillowsJip & Janneke pillows