I was contacted recently by Craftseller magazine in relation to their “Blogger of the Month” feature and was asked if I would like a free double page spread in their magazine.
Um, let me think a minute…..yeeees!
As part of the feature I designed a free pattern for the readers, which was to be copyright-free allowing full reproduction rights. This was harder than it initially seems, I mean, what could I design that hadn’t been done before????
I came up with the idea of a folding travel photo frame and Googled/Pinterest-ed it…….not a single result.
No one seems to have come up with a tutorial for such a thing, unless I just didn’t type in the correct keywords. So that was it, decision made, a “Folding Travel Photo Frame And Case” was going to be the free pattern for Craftseller’s readers.
After finalising materials and method on a prototype, this is the final product: –
Do you like it?
You may remember the “Postcards” fabric from the “Spring In Paris” collection by Studio Voltaire that I bought earlier in the year (see this post), well I thought it would be the perfect match for a travel themed project.
So, here goes with the tutorial!
You will need: –
- A single fat quarter of fabric
- Medium weight iron on interfacing
- 1 sheet acetate
- 1 sheet cardstock
- 2″ length of hook and loop fastener
Cut the following: –
- fabric: – 2 x pieces 12″ x 3.5″
1 x piece 4.5″ x 3.5″
- iron-on interfacing: – 2 x pieces 12″ x 3.5″
1 x piece 4.5″ x 3.5″
- acetate: – 1 x piece 3.5″ x 2.5″
- cardstock: – 2 x pieces 3.5″ x 2.5″
1 x piece 2.5″ x 2″
- Fuse the interfacing to the reverse of the matching fabric pieces following the manufacturers instructions.
- Place the acetate in the centre of the reverse of your 4.5″ x 3.5″ piece of fabric and draw around it, marking a rectangle. Remove the acetate and stay stitch the corners of the marked rectangle..
- Draw a second rectangle 1/4″ inside the first one and cut this section out to create a window for your photograph.
4. Clip corners diagonally to the stay stitching.
5. Fold to inside along the solid lines. Press.
7. Place acetate on the reverse of the window and top stitch close to the inner edge on all four sides.
8. Turn and press a 1/4″ hem on remaining three sides of the fabric, being careful not to touch the acetate with the iron.
It should now look like this from the right side.
9. To make your frame, take both 12″ x 3.5″ pieces and, with right sides together, sew around three sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim corners, turn and press.
10. With the right side up, place your window on top of the frame aligning the bottom folded edge with the bottom seam of your frame. Top stitch the window close to folded edges on three sides, leaving the top edge open to slip your photo into.
11. Insert a 3.5″ x 2.5″ piece of card into the open, unfinished end of the frame and push right down to the bottom.
12. Sew just above the window through all layers of the frame to encase the card.
13. Insert the second 3.5″ x 2.5″ piece of card and push down to meet the previous line of stitching.
14. Sew across the width of the frame as before, encasing the second piece of card.
15. Repeat steps 13 & 14 with the smallest 2.5″ x 2″ piece of card.
16.Turn in the raw edges of the frame opening, press and top stitch to close.
17. Window side uppermost, stitch the loop side of the hook and loop fastener to the opposite end of the frame as shown below.
18. Hand stitch the hook side of the fastener to the reverse of the window along the bottom edge.
19. To assemble your travel photo frame, simply fold into a triangle shape and press together the hook and loop fastener.
20. Slide your 3″ x 2″ photo in behind the acetate.
For the case: –
- Fuse interfacing to a piece of fabric measuring 16″ x 4.5″. Fold in half width-wise and sew a 1/4″ seam on the three raw edges, leaving a gap to turn.
2. Turn and press.
3. Top stitch close to the edge of the bottom edge.
4. Fold up from the bottom about 3.25″, so the top stitched edge stops 1.25″ from the top edge.
5. Top stitch around the side and top edges to finish.
6. Fold your travel photo frame flat and pop inside the case.
There you have it, a compact and portable, travel-themed folding photo frame – perfect for the traveller or person who works away from home.
Look out for my Blogger Of The Month feature in Craftseller magazine soon!