Quick and Easy Frames from Fabric Scraps

Here’s a quick and easy way to incorporate color, design, and fiber art in any décor: these Fabric Frames by Jenean Morrison make great gifts and use up fabric scraps.


fabric scrap frames
Fabric art frames by Jeanean Morrison,
using fabric scraps and fat quarters.

You’ll need:

a small, unfinished wood frame, 1 fat quarter of fabric and 1 large (coordinating) scrap (or two large scraps), plus a pencil, cardstock, acid-free glue stick, and pinking shears (or a rotary cutter with pinking blade).


1. Measure the dimensions of the frame and use pinking shears to cut a piece of fabric to that exact measurement.

2. Place the fabric wrong side up on a flat surface. Remove the back from the frame and place the frame right side down on top of the fabric. Trace the frame opening onto the fabric below with a pencil, then cut away the opening with pinking shears or blade.

3. Flip the frame over. Cover the face of the frame with glue using the glue stick.

4. Position the fabric on top of the frame and press it evenly with your hands, smoothing out air bubbles and clumps of glue. Let the piece fry for several hours. (You may want to stack heavy books on top.)

5. Measure the opening in the frame and cut a piece of fabric 1″ larger in all directions than the opening.

6. Glue the fabric to a piece of cardstock cut to the size of the frame back. Let dry.

7. Insert the cardstock into the frame and close the back.

These little pieces of fabric art are a gift in themselves, and become even more special when you add a favorite photo. They make perfect teacher gifts, add instant dorm room coziness, and are a great no-sew summer textile art project for kids.

You’ll find this project and more fabric art and patchwork patterns for quilts, accessories, and home décor in Modern Patchwork magazine.

Read on to learn how you can get all Modern Patchwork back issues–plus a bonus issue–in one economical and space-saving compilation CD.

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