Introduction: No Sew Easy Quilted Frame
Have you ever admired patchwork quilting but didn't really want to put all that time into it? Or you didn't have a sewing machine but really would love to have a patchwork wall art in your home? Well, I've got you covered. This tutorial will help you have that patchwork up on your wall sooner than you imagine! So let me show you the art of punch quilting :-)
I've always wanted to do something tribal cause I think Somalian women have a certain grace to them, especially with the head wrap and their chunky ethnic jewellery. So for this punch quilting, I thought to do a silhouette of an Afro Woman.
For your supplies, you would need
1-inch high-density styrofoam
Fabric that can pass for tribal
carbon paper to transfer the design.
print of the design
needle, thread and scissor.
Step 1: Transfer Image
1.First, download the image and print it to the size you require
You can colour the image depending on the fabric you have so you can decide what colours go where.
2. Place the carbon paper on top of the styrofoam and under the artwork. Draw on top so the image comes to the Styrofoam. Sometimes the image would not show much so go over the image again with a pen so it's clear.
3. Now go over all the lines with a craft knife. Cut about half-inch deep.
Step 2: Method 1 of Quilting.
This method is a bit tedious when you have a lot to do, but is necessary for the parts that have loads of curves and is a big piece. It is also used when you need a particular design in the fabric in a certain way and also when you are trying to manage with a little fabric and have to be like a scrooge!
I used this method towards the end when I was doing the background.
1. First, select which part you are going to do and select the fabric for it.
2. Place the fabric wrong side facing up and place the transfer carbon on top of it. Place the artwork with the wrong side facing up on the carbon.
3. Now draw the pattern on the fabric
4. Cut the fabric with a slight edging to the pattern.
5. Place the cut fabric right side up on the corresponding pattern on the foam board and punch it in with the blunt side of the craft knife.
Step 3: Method 2 of Quilting
I did this method for the whole of my project except for the background. It is fast and Easy. This method will only be a problem if you don't have enough fabric.
1. first you place the fabric on the area you want and you punch it about quarter of an inch inside along the cut lines. Then you trim along the design leaving a slight edge.
2. punch in the remaining fabric in...and you are done!
It's that easy.
Check out the pictures in the next step so you can see the process.
Step 4: Punch Away!
So I first finished the headpiece and then I did face. For all this, I used the 2nd method which was faster and easier. As I didn't have gold fabric I spray painted a piece of fabric with some gold spray and used it for the earring and necklace.
Step 5: Edging of the Frame
Now that the Lady was done , I moved on to the edge of the frame. I had marked a border around and the corners I made a diagonal cut. Please refer to pictures so the instructions will be further clarified.
Tuck in the fabric like a miter edge and then flop over and punch in the excess fabric at the back.
This will give the frame a nice and neat edging.
Step 6: Background
For the background, I used the 1st method of quilting which is there in step 2 of this tutorial.
I traced the outer shape of the lady in the fabric and then cut it. Then I placed it on the frame and started with the mouth and nose area as that was the most difficult area and I needed to get the shapes properly. Punch in the edges too when doing the inner shape so that the fabric will be evenly distributed.
I actually first did a brown background, but later changed as I felt the first thing you notice when you look at the picture is the brown! and I didn't want that... I wanted the lady to pop out and not the brown.
Step 7: Add Embellishments
So I felt the jewellery needed something to define it. So I added some beads.
1 First, thread the needle and bring it up from under near the top of the earings.
2. String up the thread with beads till it is sufficient and prick at the other end of the earing.
3 Carefully add a bit of glue on the path of the beads.
4 Press and hold the beads in place.
5. Repeat the same process for the necklace.
6 Turn the board over and glue up the tread at the back. Glue another fabric at the back of the wall frame. to neaten it.
You can glue in a hanging hook at the back too if you prefer.
Step 8: Admire!
Now place your artwork and step back and admire your quilt!
I've done other no-sew wall quilts and if you like to check it out, you can check it out here
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and please try and post some pictures below of your creations!
I've entered this in the fibre contest and would really appreciate your vote. Thanks in advance.
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Fiber Arts Contest