my tutorial for some Hand-Painted Fabric Nativity Art. Today I wanted to share an alternative for framing fabric art. Ultimately, I think I prefer real frames...but frames can be difficult to mail...especially frames as large as the ones that would fit these Nativities, so these fabric frames are a great alternative.
Here are the basic supplies you'll need...your art on muslin or other fabric, bias tape (mine was double folded and 1/2 inch wide), felt or other stiffish material for backing, and the typical sewing supplies (sewing machine, pins, scissors, etc.)
You could easily buy the bias tape, but I made mine because it's a lot cheaper. (Dana from MADE has a great tutorial for making your own bias tape.) I cheated a little and cut it with the grain instead of on a bias...that will work if you're using it for straight edges like here. If you're going around curves, you'll want to use bias tape cut on a bias. I cut my strips 2 inches wide, which makes 1 inch wide tape, which you then iron in half for 1/2 inch double fold bias tape.
Next, I trimmed my art to the size I wanted. Remember the bias tape will cover about 1/2 an inch of your piece, so you'll want to make enough room for that. (The black line you see around it is actually on the paper underneath it that I used to trace the pattern.)
So at this point, you have two layers cut to the same size.
Next I pinned my bias tape to the two short sides. Pin it, unfolded, to the front side of your piece.
Trim the ends even.
Now you wrap the bias tape around to the back. As you do this, you're going to make sure the edge goes just a little past our stitching line.
If it's done right, it will look like this on the front...
...and like this on the back.
By now our piece looks something like this.
Now we're going to repeat for the top and bottom of our piece. You want to make sure to cut your bias tape to go a little beyond the ends, so we can do the corners nicely.
Pin the bias tape on, unfolded like before.
Should you end up with a bump like this at the end, just unpin it, adjust the fold at the end, and repin.
Now we need a way to hang it. I made cut three pieces of bias tape, about 2 1/2 inches long.
I sewed along the edge to keep it closed.
Now it's ready to be hung. You can either hang it by putting a dowel through the loops and hanging the dowel on a couple of hooks. Or you can put thumb tacks inside the loops to hang it and the front side of the loop will hide the tack.
Here's the picture my mom sent of the one I made for her.
And if you're looking for a fun way to wrap one of these for mailing, click here for the details on these Brown Paper Candy Striped Tubes.
And since it's after Christmas, if you're looking for some other fabric art to frame, you might want to check out some of these past projects...
Sister Faux Embroidery
CTR Faux Embroidery
Family Tree Faux Embroidery
Teacher Faux Embroidery
Family Portrait Doodle Faux Embroidery
I'll be linking up here: