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Sewn Photo Frame


Jasmine Pigott
Sewn Photo Frame

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A triangular photo frame for a 6x4 inch portrait photo, made from corrugated cardboard. It can either have a circular or linear embroidered pattern.

Materials & Equipment List

Large sheet corrugated cardboardThread (2 colours) Clear acetate 2 split pinsStanley knifeCutting matPVA glueRuler (Preferably metal) Sticky tape PinNeedleScissors10p PiecePencil

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Draw this net on the sheet of cardboard with a pencil. Draw the cut lines on the back of the sheet so pencil doesn't show on the finished product, but you can mark the score lines on the front.
Cut with a Stanley knife, and score on the front of the cardboard so the cardboard can fold back on itself.
Cut and save the middle from the separate rectangle, this will make the back of the photo frame.
To make a photo frame with a circular pattern (if you want to make a linear patterned frame go to step 8), draw a series of circles around a 10p piece around the back of the frame (make sure there are an even number of circles otherwise your colours will not alternate properly).
Pierce the around the circles and in the centre with a pin. The amount of holes is up to you but on this one there are 24. Continue to do this with all of the circles.
From here you can start sewing. Thread your needle with your starting colour, you will need quite a lot of thread for each circle. Start from the back, pushing the needle through one of the outside holes and holding the end of the thread to make sure you don't pull it through (this will be tied up at the end, or you can use sticky tape it's up to you). From the front, sew back into the centre hole, creating your first line. Repeat this up from the back and down through the middle action until you have gone round the whole circle. You will end up with excess thread at either end at the back, you can either tie these together or use sticky tape to secure them. Continue this in your alternating colours until you have sewn all of the circles.
This is what it should look like from the back when you have finished sewing. Now go to step 16.
If you want to make a frame with a linear pattern, draw a series of lines like this on the back of your frame with a pencil and ruler.
Pierce the edges of the frame in line with a pin. Do this on both ends of the shorter sides of the frame.
You can now start sewing. Start by threading your needle with your starting colour and pulling it up through from the back to the front. From here, go across the front of the frame to the other side and back through the corresponding hole. Sew back up through to the front again and across to the other side. Repeat this until you have sewn through all the holes. You can either tie or stick the loose ends down with tape. Repeat this on the opposite side of the frame.
This is what it should look like from the front when you have done the first side.
You now need to pierce the long sides. Do this in the same way as you did for the short sides.
Using the same sewing principle, come up from the back of the frame with your second thread colour. This time, weave under and over the thread that is already there, this will create a chequered effect.
From here, repeat the weaving on the other end of the frame where you cross the existing pattern, and sew through the corresponding hole. Come up the next hole through the back and repeat until you have sewn through all the holes.
This is what the front of your frame will look like when you have finished.
Cut out a rectangle of acetate, 10.5cm x 14.5cm.
Stick the acetate on the back of the frame with PVA glue, covering the hole in the frame.
Now take the thin rectangle you cut out at the beginning, and the split pins. Push the split pins through from the back of the rectangle in the middle of the two longer sides.
Now put PVA glue on the back of the rectangle (the one with the round ends of the split pins showing, though don't put glue on the pins or they will not be able to spin, as these will hold the back of the frame in place). Stick it down on the back of the frame over the acetate.
Now open the split pins, and fold one side over. These should be able to turn.
Put PVA glue on the small section of cardboard attached to the frame that you scored earlier. Make sure it is on the back and can fold round.
You can now stick this onto the back of the frame to make the triangle form.
You can now put your 4x6 inch photo in the frame, it should fit perfectly (make sure there is no PVA on the acetate showing, if there is wipe it off before you put the picture in).
Now put in the cardboard cutout that you saved over the photo at the back, and turn the split pins to hold it in place.
Finished linear pattern frame.
Finished circle pattern frame.
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14-11-2012 12:14:23
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Jasmine Pigott


United Kingdom

Second year Product Design student from Nottingham Trent University....

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