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How-Tuesday: Embellished Frames with Kayte Terry

Mar 3, 2009

by Julie Schneider

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Do you know those various piles of artwork and photographs that you wish you had frames for? Or those various things you’ve collected that are tacked to your wall that kind of make your bedroom or living room wall look like a tattered scrapbook? Why not spice up your home decor with an embellished mat in a frame or a custom fabric frame from scratch? This week Kayte Terry of this is love forever shows us what to do!

Materials Needed for the Embellished Mat

  • The mat from the frame you are using, or one that will fit
  • 1 piece of fabric 2″ wider and taller than your mat
  • Grosgrain ribbon and rick-rack
  • Needle and thread (optional for making rick-rack flowers)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

Steps for Making Embellished Mat

  1. Spray the front of the mat with spray adhesive. Make sure you do this over newsprint in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Lay your mat out face down on your fabric and center it so that you have 1” of fabric all the way around the mat. Press down on the mat to adhere it to the fabric.
  3. First, you will cover the outside of the mat. Apply a line of hot glue down one edge of the mat 1” from the edge of the mat and from all corners.
  4. Fold the fabric over to the wrong side of the mat and adhere to the hot glue. Repeat for the other three sides. Fold in each corner neatly, like a package, and secure with hot glue.
  5. Make a small cut in the center of the mat with your scissors and carefully cut out the center leaving a 1” overlap of fabric around all sides.
  6. To cover the inner edges of the mat, take your scissors and cut a diagonal slit in the fabric at each inner corner. Cut just to a couple of threads away from the corner of the mat. Fold the fabric back to the wrong side of the mat on each side and secure with a line of hot glue.
  7. To embellish with ribbon, determine where you would like to place the ribbon and carefully hot glue ribbon in place, as desired. You can also make rick-rack flowers like these to further embellish the mats.
  8. Put the mat back in the frame and hang on the wall as desired!

Materials Needed for the Embellished Mat

  • Cardboard
  • Batting
  • Cutting knife
  • Cutting mat
  • 1 piece of fabric 2″ wider and taller than your cardboard
  • Grosgrain ribbon and rick-rack
  • Needle and thread (optional for making rick-rack flowers)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

Steps for Making Fabric Frame From Scratch

  1. Cut a piece of cardboard to your desired size with a cutting knife. Also cut a piece of batting to the same size. Hot glue the batting to the cardboard frame.
  2. Lay your fabric out wrong side up. Hot glue the front of the frame to the batting. Flip the frame over and center on the fabric, pressing to adhere.
  3. Follow steps 3 to 7 above to cover the frame in fabric.
  4. Add a rick-rack or ribbon hanger with some hot glue and hang on the wall!

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  • jessjamesjake

    jessjamesjake said 12 years ago

    OMG!! Love all your picks and helpful hints. The vintage couple from Olive is amazing!!

  • f2images

    f2images said 12 years ago

    Cool tips! Love the Eco Friendly frames!!

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 12 years ago

    That was such a cute video!! Love all the picks as well.

  • CwButcher

    CwButcher said 12 years ago

    great video keep it green love the eco

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 12 years ago

    Loves me some how-tuesday!

  • laurebelle

    laurebelle said 12 years ago

    What a fun project - and do I ever have pics laying around! I will definately be doing this! Thanks!!

  • eRosasjewelry

    eRosasjewelry said 12 years ago

    fun fun fun

  • matouenpeluche

    matouenpeluche said 12 years ago

    Terrific fun!

  • beyeler

    beyeler said 12 years ago

    I love "thissisloveforever" and those frames are so cool!

  • Schmutzerland

    Schmutzerland said 12 years ago

    this was soooo cute. I think I am going to make a few for my boyfriend!

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 12 years ago

    :) very cute and easy for (older) kids!

  • wabisabibrooklyn

    wabisabibrooklyn said 12 years ago

    so cute!

  • 3squares

    3squares said 12 years ago

    Fun. Thanks for showing us how-to!

  • simonekonrad

    simonekonrad said 12 years ago

    Oh.. It is a cute and usefull video! Very entertaining girls! Transforming is the thing right?

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 12 years ago

    I love the pear pincushion kit! That would be a blast!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 12 years ago

    Great video how-to! Nicely done.

  • salmonbarn

    salmonbarn said 12 years ago

    It takes cute to a whole new level.

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 12 years ago

    I love picture frames! It's what I originally started out doing; I still have some of my favorite felt plush woodland themed frames in my shop. This project looks fun!

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 12 years ago

    very cute!

  • catlover1

    catlover1 said 12 years ago

    OMGoodness, I was just trying to think of a way to make frames for some large(r) vintage cards that I purchased; these will be awesome and can't wait to try them out!

  • decor8

    decor8 said 12 years ago

    Michelle is a riot and clearly Kayte needs her own TV Show, what a charmer! Love this!

  • naamaza

    naamaza said 12 years ago

    cool project

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 12 years ago

    I loved the video. Michelle and Kayte are so sweet and funny! What a lovely idea to make a frame like that. I will definitely try it!! Thank you~Marianna

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike said 12 years ago

    I just love this project, and am sure to give it a try this weekend!! I have to get me a ladylike pink hot glue gun. Mine is big and black and not very feminine :o)

  • simplesplendor

    simplesplendor said 12 years ago

    I'm definately making some of those! :)

  • nkalexander

    nkalexander said 12 years ago

    great project ladies! Keep 'em coming! XO

  • purnima

    purnima said 12 years ago

    I really enjoyed watching this project! Nice film-making and music, too. I always enjoy the graphic animation at the beginning and end, as long as I am taking a moment to compliment. :o)

  • waltersbeads

    waltersbeads said 12 years ago

    great job. nice of you showing it

  • clubviv

    clubviv said 12 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this

  • bunnyboutique

    bunnyboutique said 12 years ago

    Love the versatility of these series. I'm still trying to get around to using those Valentine's roses we had last time. I've got so many ideas, but not enough time...arrgh

  • OnTheRound

    OnTheRound said 12 years ago

    i love how tuesday.

  • dbdesign

    dbdesign said 12 years ago

    I loved this video. Great job. Makes me want to get out my gazillion unframed photos and fabric scraps. Many years ago I did a bit of fabric frame making and this reminded me of some forgotten crafting fun. Thanks.

  • Ikyoto

    Ikyoto said 12 years ago

    Excellent video!

  • niTeBecOmEsdAy

    niTeBecOmEsdAy said 12 years ago

    i wish i had time to do all of these how tuesday projects! great video.

  • OliveSomeday

    OliveSomeday said 12 years ago

    oh my goodness, I wonder how I got so many hits on the blue frames! thanks for including me, this post was right up my alley! xo

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit said 12 years ago

    Oh, awesome! I have so much cardboard sitting around - just perfect for frames! Thanks for the how-to - well done ladies!

  • buckscountyframes

    buckscountyframes said 12 years ago

    Great job! Thank you so much for including us.

  • incoldstorage

    incoldstorage said 12 years ago

    Oh that's cute. I just wonder about trying to get some acid free material in there for the sake of framing photos...

  • vantiani

    vantiani said 12 years ago

    Oh my! I'm so going to try this out this weekend! yay! Vantiani.

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 12 years ago

    Thanks for the info on this adorable project!!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 12 years ago

    Really nice video, they make it look easy! I love loveforever! I've got a pear pincushion and I use it all the time! I wanted to ask Kayte if she plans on making anymore watermelon pincushions. I'd love one!

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 12 years ago

    Love this video, keep it up girl!

  • loveforever

    loveforever said 12 years ago

    thanks for all the love, y'all! blue terracotta- yes, i will definitely make some more! i'll convo you when i do!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 12 years ago


  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 12 years ago

    Awesome! So Crafty!

  • DAcustomframes

    DAcustomframes said 12 years ago

    Awesome!. . .thanks for including my frame!

  • polkadotsoup

    polkadotsoup said 12 years ago

    super cute how-to!

  • StaceyGynn

    StaceyGynn said 12 years ago

    I adore How-Tuesday. I look forward to it every week. Love this one!

  • DareToExpress

    DareToExpress said 12 years ago

    Question! How do you get the artwork to stay? I mean, what did you do for the back?

  • comfortablyblue

    comfortablyblue said 12 years ago

    Sweet video! Will try this, I have so many unframed little drawings....

  • Appellation

    Appellation said 12 years ago

    Certainly a fun tutorial! Her blog is amazing by the way.

  • bruskismom

    bruskismom said 12 years ago

    The frames are sooooooooooo cute!! The tutorial was very entertaining as well. Makes me want to dig out all of my ribbon & fabric and give it a go. Loved it!

  • tumbleweedstudios

    tumbleweedstudios said 12 years ago

    Oh my god! amazing source of creativity!

  • girlyandstylish

    girlyandstylish said 12 years ago

    great ideas... thanks xoxo

  • PrincessAllure

    PrincessAllure said 12 years ago

    Who thanks for posting this!

  • VictorianInspired

    VictorianInspired said 12 years ago

    Cool project, great tips!Thanks for this info .

  • yellowhandkerchief

    yellowhandkerchief said 12 years ago

    Fun to watch and fun to do, thank you! I'm going to try this...*rummages through draw for hot gun* ... :D

  • LittlePaperDog

    LittlePaperDog said 12 years ago

    My 13 month old son LOVES LOVES LOVES the music and animation at the beginning of this clip. I can't wait to see what you have ready next Tuesday!

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 11 years ago

    Fun and excellent!!

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 11 years ago


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