Friday, December 21, 2012

Handmade Gift Idea: Framed Holiday Hand Embroidery

Today I've got a quick and easy handmade gift that is fun to make and receive. 
I made a Halloween version and loved it so much that I decided I needed to make a Christmas version when I found this fabulous Christmas fabric hiding in my hoard that I bought on clearance at Joann for $2 a yard a couple of years ago.

Spray Paint
Christmas Fabric
Transfer/Tracing Paper
White Embroidery Floss
Embroidery Hoop
Embroidery Needles
Fabric Marking Pencil
Glue Gun

I found these great frames at my local dollar store, but they were the wrong color, so I used a little white Krylon spray paint and they were ready to go!

Step One: Cut a piece of fabric that is about 1″ bigger on all four sides than photo glass. 
So for my 4×6 frame, I cut a piece of fabric that was 5×7 and for my 5×7 frame I cut a piece of fabric that was 6×8.

Step Two: Use a fabric marking pencil to mark the corners of your glass size so you know the size area that you’ll have to work with. I used a fabric pencil because I had one, but I’ve used a white crayon in a pinch.

Step Three: Using your computer create text to be embroidered. I did this by making a 5×7 box in Photoshop and then centering the text within that box. Place the design over tracing/transfer paper and draw over the design to transfer it to the fabric.
It will look like this when you’re done!

Step Four: Stretch the design onto your embroidery hoop and start stitching. 
I used a back stitch, but any of your favorite embroidery stitches will work great.

Step Five: Remove from the embroidery hoop and iron out the kinks and wrinkles.

Step Six: Cut a piece of cardstock the exact same size as the glass. 
Then place it on the back side of the embroidery and hot glue the edges to the cardstock – pulling slightly – to keep it taught.

You’re done! 
Flip it over and frame it up! 
I like to keep the glass behind it for sturdiness. 
You can put it in front too, but I don’t like the sheen it gives to the embroidery.

Now you’ve got a cute handmade gift to help share holiday cheer with friends!

This post originally appeared as a guest post on Skip to My Lou.


hurley thurston said...

I came back to this tutorial after seeing your Sunshine frame. Thanks for the tips. Cute!!


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