You might be able to see in this photo that some of the red has come out of the sheet and discoloured the paper towel. I found that the amount of colour that comes off does not affect the colour in the photo at all in any of the photos I have printed.You can print your photograph any size that you want, up to the 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches which is the size of the fabric sheet. You can print one large photo or do what I did and print four photos on one sheet. I printed the photos and cut the photos apart to create 4 separate photos.
I then take the black 100 % cotton fabric and cut a 1 1/2 inch strip across the width of the fabric and also a 2 1/2 inch strip, again, across the width. ( giving me a 45 inch by 1 1/2 inch strip and a 45 inch by 2 1/2 inch strip). I have used black fabric because I like the look of the finished photo using black. In the past, I have tried to match various coloured fabrics to my photo but what I found was, if I used a coloured fabric for my borders, my photo got lost in the colour and was not the hi-lite of the project. By using black, the photo stands out which is what I want. You can "audition" or try different fabrics for your own project/photo and decide what you like best. Also, I generally use only cottons for my sewing but you can try mixed blend fabrics, silks, etc.
I then take my 1 1/2 inch strip of black fabric and sew it right sides together onto the top and bottom of the fabric photo, trim off any excess off the sides and iron the black borders away from the photo. I then add the 1 1/2 inch strip of fabric to the sides to completely frame my photo, again trimming to cut off any excess.
I like a little bit of colour in my frame so I then I took a 3/4 of an inch strip of a yellowy/orange cotton fabric and ironed it in half lengthwise. Take the yellow strip, cut it into 4 pieces to match the 4 sides of the framed photo and sew the 4 strips onto your photo frame putting the raw edge of the yellow strip against the raw edge of the black border. I stitched as close to the edge as I could using a basting stitch on my sewing machine.
This is a picture of my photo with the 4 yellow strips sewn on top of the black inner border.
One thing to watch out for is that you take some time to make sure that your yellow strips are sewn on evenly. What I mean is that be careful of what strip overlaps. In the photo below, if you look at the two corners of the project you can see that my outside yellow strips overlap the top and bottom yellow strip.
This is a photo of the outside border (or binding) has been put overtop the yellow strip and sewn using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
I then take my backing, which in this case is a fall print which I have ALOT of, right side facing OUT or to the back, and then put the quilt batting on top of that, and then put my framed photo that I have just sewn. Again, I sew around the framed photo using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, basically sewing ontop of the line of stitching I just did to sew on my binding.
When I have sewn through all 3 layers, on all 4 sides, I trim the edges so they come out perhaps 1/8th of an inch outside the edge of my framed photo.
Flip the binding out to the outside and around to the back.
Pin the binding at the back so that it goes slightly beyond the line of stitching and then hand sew the binding in place. And you have your almost finished piece!!!
I say "almost" finished because the only thing left to do is put a hanger on the back. What I have done in the past is make a sleeve in which to put a hanger and hand sew it into place. What is much simpler is, before putting your backing, quilt padding/batting and front together, you can machine sew a sleeve onto the your back, making sure it is centered and won't be interfered with when you sew on the binding. This is a sample of a sleeve I put on an older project with the hanger shown as well.
And who says you can only use one photo?? This is a project I am in the process of completing now for my parents that has 4 photos in it.
I have never done one of these demonstration blogs before, so have a feeling that I left alot of stuff out but as I said at the beginning, I am assuming that you have some quilting/sewing knowledge and so won't find the instructions too bad. In either case, it is a fun project to do and is a lovely gift or just something different that can be done with photographs.
Well, with Christmas being only a week away, wow!! Lots to do so, Merry Christmas to all and much happiness and laughter in the New Year!