I have so wanted to create a Christmas Memories Keepsake Frame after having seen one illustrated in "Gooseberry Patch Christmas all Through the House". From the kindness of readers who have sent me vintage whatnots, the time is finally here.
Supplies gathered; a vintage Christmas hankie was sent to me by a reader of my blog as well as vintage tomato red rick rack, an inexpensive white frame, a very rare photograph of my husband and his siblings.
Scrapbook paper traced the size of the frame glass. The glass will be the backing for the project.
Rick rack hot glued in place every two inches.
A fat-quarter of fabric is folded in half to create a two-layered thickness. A center found, 1/2" pleats made towards the center line and ironed crisply.
Using my frame as a guide, I center my fabric on my paper and determine where I need to create my outside edge pleat. It is just at the inside edge of the frame.Make a finger crease and then iron crisply.
I have repeated this step on the other side using my frame again for the placement of the crease.
I have cut off two corners of my hankies and centered them over the pocket openings.
I have used the creases of the pockets to determine where to fold inwards the edges of the hankies. Iron and then slip into the created pockets.
I promise this project took only an hour to make! A last step, I slipped card stock between the two folded layers of fabric for a nice presentation.
Ready for final assembly, I have centered my pockets about 3/4th of the way down my cut out background paper. Fold back the left pocket and run a bead of hot glue down center line. Fold pocket back in place and press on center line to smooth.
In turn, lift the outer edges of the pockets and hot glue down length.
On back of project, I have hot glued outer edges of fabric layers ONLY to glass. The bottom edge is kept in place when inserted into frame to prevent bunching. Place project inside frame. replace backing panel for hanging.
The ABSOLUTE fun part for me was tucking in the tuck-ins I have been sent in the mail. Little silver frames hold photos of my husband in his snow suit.
Childhood Scrabble letters added last. Christmas Memories to last a lifetime!