Wednesday, October 24, 2012

DIY Quilting Hoop Frame Wall Art

I love a "how to" post. This one isn't super complicated, but I love how it adds some interest and personality to a word print.

This is where a picture of the finished product would make sense.

Notice it's not there. That's because I haven't actually taken a picture of it hanging up. I assure you it is. I just don't have any photographic proof.

I got the print months ago for donating to Love Without Boundaries after Ashley of Under the Sycamore started the Incubator Project. The print was designed by her sister Lesley of Recipe for Crazy. Then I gave birth and it just sort of hung out in our spare bedroom with some other prints I need to frame.

I finally got motivated when I saw some quilting hoops at a nieghbor's garage sale not two days after I saw this picture from the Whatever Craft Weekend House.

First I mounted it on a sheet of scrapbooking paper with these dots that I'm just totally in love with. It has the same super bright orange as the small lettering and really brings it out.

See those little words? They say

a bird doesn't sing
because it has an answer,
it sings because it has a

I'm so in love with the paper that I cut out the part that would be entirely behind the print with an Exact-O knife so I could save it for something else. They have matching fabric at Hobby Lobby. It makes me smile.


Isn't it lovely?

Anywho, I started with this big ol' hoop. You should go ahead an ignore the fact that I obviously forgot to document the print with paper until after this step. :)

That's the paper I saved to the left. :)

I cut a piece of some fabric I've had lying around for a while big enough to leave some excess and stretched it in the hoop.

Then I realized I needed the ribbon under the hoop too. Or at least I wanted it that way. I measured some ribbon I had leftover from some another project and re-stretched the fabric. Then I trimmed the edges so I had just an inch or so of fabric left all the way around.

Yes, those are baby feet in footie pajamas. I was working on this little project while home alone with Norie. Note to self: baby plus scissors is probably a bad idea.

After that I just taped down the fabric around the inside rim and used a couple of clothespins to hang the print from the ribbon.

It was done-ish, but I thought it needed something. This is the state it's been in the whole time that "Finish the wall art I started for the Song print I got for donating to Love Without Boundaries" has been on my list.

Then it hit me.

I used the bird silhouette from way back when Layla put a bird on it.

I managed to grab a blurry shot with my phone while it was still on the dining table.

1. Buy a bracket and rehang the blinds in the bedroom
2. Plant the mum by friend Nancy gave me
3. Write something on my DIY Chalkboard
4. Finish my fall mantel
5. Take Norie's four month pictures before she's five months old
6. Finish the wedding plate wall art
7. Make some bunting for my office
8. Build a pallet bar/wall art to cover up the attic fan switch
9. Make a DIY ribbon chandelier for Norie's room
10. Do something with the shutters my aunt got me last year
11. Put the label plates back on the enormous drawer thing and label the drawers
12. Finish the wall art I started for the Song print I got for donating to Love Without Boundaries
13. Finish my desk
14. Finish the table scape for Campbell Family Thanksgiving 2012
15. Hang the awesome owl latch hook my sister gave me at Norie's baby shower
16. Clean up the porch
17. Finish the October page in my pregnancy scrapbook (yes, that would be last October)
18. Fix the leg on the coffee table and finish repainting it
19. Sell the coffee and end tables
20. Make a coffee table
21. Create a gift wrapping/gift wrap organizing space
22. Start working on fun holiday decorations
23. Finish the other Dream Dollhouse from last year's Make Two Challenge
24. Make some DIY cake stands from wedding plates and candlesticks.
25. Make map mats for vacation photos


  1. I love it! I love how you used the burlap fabric as your background piece.

    1. Crystal,
      If it wasn't for your comments I would lose all hope that anyone even reads my posts. You are a champion of a blog friend and it's actually the cross stitching equivalent of large print book. I picked it because it looks like burlap from a distance. :)



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