Nancy’s Fusible Appliqués—Framing Instructions
Stretched Canvas Framing Tips
- The packaging lists the size of the stretched canvas used for framing. These frames are available at craft and art stores. You’ll find them in the oil painting supplies section.
- For this example, a 24″ x 12″ canvas is recommended, the perfect size for the “Sew” laser cut fusible appliqué. The canvas has a 1-1/2″ side depth.
- Cut a fabric rectangle 6-1/2″ wider and longer than the size of the canvas. The fabric was cut 30-1/2″ x 18-1/2″.
- If your canvas has a narrower depth, 3/4″, scroll down until you see the Simplify framed art photo. Dimensions and instructions are given there are the narrower width of canvas.
- Back the fabric with a fusible interfacing, such as ShirTailor.
Note from Nancy: The extra stability provided by the interfacing gives a crisp, professional look to your framed artwork. Don’t skip this step!
- Serge or zigzag the edges of the fabric.
- Using a ruler, mark and cut out a 3″ square from each corner.
- Position and fuse the appliqué to the fabric. Reference Nancy’s Fusible Appliqué—Fusing Intructions for further directions.
- Fold the fabric at each corner, aligning the cut edges and right sides. Sew or serge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Turn the artwork right side out. Press open the seams.
- Cut two layers of polyester fleece the size of the finished frame—24″ x 12″.
- Use double-sided basting tape to attach the fleece sections to the canvas.
- Slip the fabric over the canvas. It will be a snug fit.
- Fold the excess fabric to the underside of the canvas frame. Fold miters at the corners; staple.
Note from Nancy: Make sure that you’re slightly stretching the fabric evenly. Take time to check the front image to make sure that the fabric is not distorted.
Dimension changes for stretched canvas with a 3/4″ depth
- If the stretched canvas has the narrower 3/4″ depth, cut the fabric 4-1/2″ wider and longer.
- In this instance, the fabric rectangle was 28-1/2″ x 16-1/2″.
- Cut out 2″ squares from each corner.
Picture Frame Framing Tips
- The packaging lists the size of the frame purchased for the featured appliqué.
- Cut two layers of polyester fleece the size of the cardboard backing of the frame.
- Adhere the layers to the cardboard with double-sided basting tape.
- Cut the fabric 3″ wider and longer than the cardboard backing of the frame.
- Position and fuse the appliqué to the fabric. Reference Nancy’s Fusible Appliqués–Fusing Instructions for further directions.
- Center the polyester fleece covered cardboard next to the wrong side of the fabric.
- Fold the fabric around the cardboard and secure with heavy-duty tape.
- Check the front the fabric to make certain that the image is taut and square.
- Place the cardboard back in the frame!
- Use a matted frame for extra interest!
Create a Wall Quilt
Use one of Nancy’s laser cut fusible appliqués—there are 12 in all—and your favorite quilting techniques to create a wall quilt.
We’d love to see your Fusible Fabric Art creations! Email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.