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Every month during 2009, we will bring you a few handy or creative décor and lifestyle tips. In time you will be able to refer to a whole library of design and lifestyle ideas. We hope you enjoy them!

JANUARY 2009 - EMBELLISHED TEES
FEBRUARY 2009 - PERSONALIZED STOOL
MARCH 2009 - KEEPSAKE BOX
APRIL 2009 - VINTAGE PAPER FRAME

MAY 2009 - FABRIC PHOTO FRAME

Vintage-looking papers and fabrics pay stylistic homage to the past but look fresh and modern when paired with simple, contemporary frames. These frames are so easy to make that you can give or display several to show off the inevitable bounty of baby photos.

Fabric Photo Frame

Retro fabrics are all the rage and look especially charming in a nursery setting. The frame featured above showcases a 1930's inspired design, a bold and vibrant accent that provides a hefty dose of cheer in a small package.

TOOLS & MATERIALS:

  1. Rotaty cutter
  2. Cutting mat
  3. Patterned cotton fabric, at least 5cm larger than the frame on all sides
  4. Iron and ironing board
  5. Unfinished wooden frame with a flat front
  6. Pencil
  7. Fabric scissors
  8. Quick setting fabric glue
  9. Narrow decorative ribbon for inside of frame (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Using the rotary cutter, trim the fabric to measure 5cm larger than the overall frame dimensions.
  2. Iron the fabric to remove all wrinkles, and, with the wrong side up, fold in each side appros. 1cm and iron flat.
  3. With the backin gand glass removed, place the frame facedown on the wrong side of the fabric, centering. Trace around the inside of the frame window onto the fabric with a pencil, then put the frame aside. With scissors, cut a slit in the middle of the fabric to gain access for cutting the centre out; then trim the fabric leaveing a 1-1.5cm seam allowance. Cut slits along the inner cutout, every 1 cm or so, up to the trace line.
  4. Again place the frame facedown on the wrong side of the fabric, lining up the trace lines with the frame window. Apply a line of fabric glue around the inside edges of the frame window and bring the fabric through the window to the wood, lining up the notched fabric as neatly as possible and holding it down in the glue.
  5. Apply a line of fabric glue to one of the long, outside edges of the fabric, pull it taut (without distorting the pattern), and glue it to the back of the frame. Repeat on the other long side of the fabric.
  6. On the short sides of the frame, fold in the ends of the fabric (as if you were wrapping a gift). Apply a line of glue to the short edges and then glue them one side at a time to the back of the frame. Let the glue dry according to the manufacturers instructions.
  7. If desired, finish by gleing decorative ribbon (the same depth as the frame moulding) arund the inside of th interior frame window.
  8. When all the glue is dry, replace the backing and glass and stand frame upright.

 

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