Are you looking for an extremely easy, completely functional quilted project for your child’s bedroom? One that will use up a few of your fabric scraps? I have one for you – and you can certainly complete it in a weekend.
You will need:
- Large wooden frame, measuring at least 26″x22″ or so. For this project, I bought an old, inexpensive frame from the Salvation Army thrift store. Although the wood finishing was lovely, it was rough and could have produced slivers. I chose to sand it down and paint it.
- Three knobs of any type. I had three purple glass knobs on hand from Restoration Hardware that I’d purchased for cabinets and drawers in our home. Any type will do.
- Foam mounting board cut to the size of the opening of the frame
- Some scrap fabrics in coordinating colours
- Drill and very small drill bit
- Temporary spray adhesive
- Double-sided tape, masking tape
- Brown craft paper or freezer paper
- Staple gun
- Small grit sandpaper (if desired)
- Picture hanger (if needed)
Step One: Measure the bottom plank of your frame and mark the center. Drill a small hole dead center. Drill two more holes an equal distance from your center hole and the edge of the frame on both sides. (These will be where the knob screws are inserted.)
Step Two: Stitch together a little, patchwork quilt top with borders all aroound it. For my project, my patchwork squares were 3″x3″, 5 squares in each row, 6 rows altogether to make 30 squares. You will have to do the math for your own wooden frame opening. Stitch 3″ borders all around your little quilt top. Press flat. I used chenilles in white and green, white cottons, darker green cottons and a white and green polka dot (which is super cute!).
Step Three: Liberally spray the back of your little quilt, center it and adhere to the foam mounting board, tightly wrapping the sides (borders) of the little quilt around to the back of the foam mounting board. Smooth and pull tight. Using masking tape, tape fabric in place all along the perimeter.
Step Four: Insert the foam mounting board into the wooden frame opening. It will be a snug fit. Staple gun the board in place.
Step Five: Place double-sided tape around the back perimeter of the wooden frame. Cut a piece of brown craft paper or freezer paper to exact fit. Remove the top layer of the double-sided tape and carefully place the brown craft paper on the back of the frame. Press down to adhere. You can sand off the edges of the brown paper if you wish.
Step Six: Turn the wooden frame over and insert the three knobs.
If your wooden picture frame did not come with a picture hanger, you will have to center one on the back of your project in order to hang it on the wall.
Pin on favourite photos and stuff. Done! Easy or what?
Here are photos of two other similar projects that I’ve made. First, an extremely colourful, smallish children’s bulletin board. Second, a framed yo-yo quilt.
Try one. You’ll love it!