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making a patchwork fabric frame

Here's how to make a frame covered with patchwork-style fabric.
The rustic look of this kind of frame is heightened by the choice of fabrics, all selected because they are of the same color: a fine shade of red.
Easy techniques (glueing/collage, a few embroidery stitches and some sewing) are used to create this unique design that's really you!

The frame can hold a magnetic board or a blackboard, or a scene made from fabric too, combining felt with various other fabrics, as seen in the "The hens in the henhouse" board. Patchwork fabric frame

you will need

  • You need a wood or MDF frame
  • adhesive for fabric,
    • either in liquid form, to be applied with a brush, which can be bought from Pébéo - however, beware of greasy stains that can appear when too much glue is applied) -
    • or else in spray form, doesn't stain. It should be used in a well-ventilated area, like all sprays
  • A selection of scraps of fabric
  • A piece of matching bias tape
  • embroidery thread (red and yellow) an embroidery needle
  • sewing thread and needle

Embroidery, sewing and glueing/collage

Embroidery on fabricStart embroidering the fabrics that are to be stuck to the frame: such as the wording "The Henhouse", which you write first of all in pencil to act as an outline. To embroider cursive writing, the crewel or stem stitch is very suitable, using 2 strands of thread.
 The zig-zag embroidery stitch

Each piece of fabric that has been chosen is attached to the previous one in different ways:
  • either maintaining a pretty fringe along the side of the fabric piece,
  • or sewing the 2 fabrics together at the back
  • this piece of sewing may be decorated on the right side of the fabric with a herringbone or persian stitch, zig-zag style, (using contrasting thread colors, here, in red)
  • or else with larger and larger crosses...
Cutting and sewing fabric
Attaching a thread between the different fabrics

This looks great and is very easy to do: the pieces of fabric are attached edge to edge and where they meet, a thread (a 6 strand thread) is attached, creating a little contrast (glue the ends of the threads firmly to the back of the frame).
To highlight the bottom right and left-hand corners, attach a piece of red bias tape.Attaching bias tape to the corners
Decorative 'hens' frame in felt
Once the frame is finished, you just have to fix it to a surface and it can be used as a photo frame, a magnet board or, as seen here, a hen-themed picture in felt and fabric.