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You Light Up My Life Christmas Photo Frames

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Materials
  • 2 6 ½” squares of 100% cotton fabric
  • 1 additional 6 ½” square of contrasting fabric for ITHCF04
  • 2 6 ½” squares of Pellon Craft Fuse 809®
  • 1 6 ½” square of Heat N Bond Lite® for ITHCF04
  • Square of Heat N Bond Lite® the size of the photo
  • 3 ½” or longer of twill tape or ribbon for a hanger
  • Spray adhesive
  • Embroidery Tape
  • Inkjet printer fabric sheet (you will get 4 photos per sheet)
  • 20” of Fibrous Water Soluble Stabilizer per frame
  • Photo editing software to crop and resize your photos
  • Digital or scanned photos of your loved ones
  • Inkjet printer
  • Optional: LED Photo Clip String Lights available on Amazon with choices of 10, 16, 20, 30, 40 or 50 clips

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    The beauty of printing the photos on fabric and appliqueing them into the frame is they are never going to slip in the frames and elements of the frames can be embroidered right over the pictures.

    A note about Time: As there are so many choices for the number of clips available I had to put the time for just one frame. The string of photo clip lights used in the sample is a 16 clip string. Two frames were made from each of the designs using different fabrics for each. Due to different stitch counts for each design most of the frames will be completed in less than an hour. The time required for choosing and resizing your photos is not calculated into the time given.

    There are many free programs on line for resizing and cropping the photographs.  


    Step 1:
    Purchase printable fabric photo sheets, there are many choices available. The instructions vary greatly for each type, so please read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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    Step 2:
    2. Size your photos slightly larger than the openings in each frame then cut with a ¼” margin all around the photo. I was able to print a ¼” margin around the photos, but if you don’t have software to do that, just be sure to cut the extra margin around the photos. The following photo sizes fit each individual frame:

    ITHCF01 2 ¾” photo size + ¼” margin all around
    ITHCF02 2 ¾” photo size + ¼” margin all around
    ITHCF03 3 1/8” photo size + ¼” margin all around
    ITHCF04 2 ¾” photo size + ¼” margin all around
    ITHCF05 3 ¼” photo size + ¼” margin all around
    ITHCF06 2 ¾” photo size + ¼” margin all around
    ITHCF07 3 ¼” photo size + ¼” margin all around
    ITHCF08 2 ¾” photo size + ¼” margin all around

    Remove the paper from the back of each photo. If you have trouble removing the paper heat it for just a second with your iron and it will peel off.
    Cut Heat N Bond Lite® and fuse to the back of each photo.

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    Step 3:
    All of the frames except ITHCFO4 are made in the same way. ITHCF04 has one extra step which will be explained later. Hoop two layers of fusible water soluble stabilizer in your hoop. Cut 2 6 ½” squares of fabric and Pellon Craft Fuse 809® and 3 ½” of 3/8” ribbon or twill tape for a hanger.

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    Step 4:
    Fuse Pellon Craft Fuse 809® to the back of your fabric squares following the manufacturer’s instructions. It does take a lot of steam, a damp press cloth and a little time to fuse this interfacing to the squares.

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    Step 5:
    Run the first color stop (CS) as a placement line.

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    Step 6:
    Spray adhesive on the back of the prepared fabric square and position over the placement line. Run CS 2 to tack down the fabric.

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    Step 7:
    Run CS 3 as a placement line for the photo. Remove the paper backing from the Heat N Bound Light. Spray adhesive on the photo and position over the placement line, checking to insure that the photo exceeds the placement line by a tiny margin on all edges.

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    Step 8:
    Run CS 4 to tack down the photo.

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    Step 9:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop and trim the excess fabric around the photo tack down stitches and the outside of the frame. Then press the picture with an applique iron

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    Step 10:
    Return the hoop to the machine and follow the color chart to embroider the border and the individual design elements. Do not stitch the last two color stops yet.

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    Step 11:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop, and place face down on a flat surface. Fold the ribbon or twill tape in half; place approximately ½” inside the picture frame and tape in place (this tape will stay inside your project so if sewing on a light fabric use scotch tape), place additional tape at the top of the loop to keep it from getting caught on your machine.

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    Step 12:
    Spray adhesive on the remaining square of prepared fabric and place over the back of the picture frame.

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    Step 13:
    Return the hoop to the machine and run the next to last color stop to tack down the back fabric.

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    Step 14:
    Remove the hoop, do not unhoop, and trim the excess fabric from around the back of the frame being careful to not cut your hanger. Return the hoop to the machine and run the last CS to border the frame.

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    Step 15:
    Remove the project from the hoop and trim the stabilizer about ¼” around the project.

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    Step 16:
    Dip the corner of a wet sponge or cloth in hot water and remove the stabilizer around the edges. Try not to get the fabric wet, but if you do, dry with a hair dryer to help prevent water marks.

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    Step 17:
    ITHCF04 has a couple of extra steps as follows:

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    Step 18:
    When applying the Pellon Craft Fuse 809® to the front and back fabric squares also fuse Heat N Bond Lite® to the back of a contrasting fabric square.

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    Step 19:
    Run CS 1 as a placement line for the font fabric; CS 2 as a tack down; trim the excess fabric; run CS 3 as a placement line for the contrasting fabric.

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    Step 20:
    Run CS 4 as a tack down for the contrasting fabric.

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    Step 21:
    Trim both the outside edges and the inner circle of the contrasting fabric.

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    Step 22:
    Remove the Heat N Bond Lite paper backing and spray the photo with adhesive  position it over the outline making sure that the cut margins are outside of the outlines. Run CS 5 to tack it down. Trim the photo, then press both the contrast fabric and the photo to fuse them to the frame. Follow Steps 10 through 16 to complete the frame.

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    Step 23:
    In this project a photo clip string containing 16 clips was used, which meant I need two of each frame to complete the project. Change up your fabrics and thread colors as necessary to make enough frames for your string. This picture show the first 4 of the designs done in two different colorways.

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    Step 24:
    A word of caution when attaching your frames to the photo clip string. When you are opening the acrylic clip be sure to just apply pressure to the top of the clip and not the light that is attached to the back of the clip. The light will break right off if you apply pressure to it. Regular craft glue will work if you happen to break one off. Swag the light string across a wall or mantle to enjoy your Christmas memories.  Congratulations your You Light Up My Life Christmas Frames are complete!

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    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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