How To Make a Quilt Frame

Passed down from ancient tradition, quilting is a dexterity and pastime still maintained and patronized by modern enthusiasts of the art. This elaborate sewing method can now be accomplished with the use of a sewing machine but, dating way back in early history, the quilting process is traditionally performed manually (by hand) and very patiently.
Typically, hand quilters make valuable use of frames to keep the layers of quilt fabric taut and in place for the successful and neat completion of the entire project. You can opt for a smaller lap frame for small wall displays or clothing items, or a larger one for more expansive projects such as bed covers, warm comforters and various other textile works of art.

To maximize your budget and be able to spend more on gorgeous quilting material, instead of on pricey quilting frames, you may try making use of this simple how-to on fashioning a simple, custom-made quilt frame of your very own. Read on.

  • Prepare all necessary materials for the project. You will need two pieces of oak boards 2x2 (in inches) to make up the top and base of your quilt frame, which should generally be greater in length than the entire width of the specific quilt project you intend to make; another two pieces of oak boards for the left and right sides of your frame, which should be approximately 3 feet in length; Denim material; staple gun and durable staples; 4 big C-clamps; safety pins of appropriate sizes; and a pair of sawhorses.
  • Start making the frame. Making use of the denim cloth, sew a tube covering for each of the oak boards that will become the top and base of your frame. They must be fashioned in a way that will slackly fit the shape and size of the boards. Using a heavy-duty staple gun, securely fasten the fabric tube coverings on to the upper and lower boards, respectively.

    With the aid of the C-clamps, fasten the 2x2 side boards on to the cloth-covered upper and lower boards, joining all four boards at each end’s meeting point.

  • Install the frame on legs. After conjoining all four boards, rest your newly-built quilt frame on two saw horses, the heights of which should depend on the height of your most comfortable quilting seat.
  • Place the quilt onto the frame. Fasten your quilt onto the frame, attaching the upper and lower ends onto the denim-covered top and bottom boards with big safety pins especially made for quilting purposes.

Adjust the quilt into the center of the frame and test if the side boards are tautly and securely attached with the C-clamps. You might also want to use basting stitches to attach the quilt on to the left and right side boards for that extra stretch you will need for better quilting.

If you truly intend to achieve success in your quilting endeavors, minus the extra hassle of having to buy too expensive quilt frames for huge projects, you might as well try making your very own frames. It will undoubtedly help you cut down on your budget. Plus, it’s very simple and easy to construct. Now you can spend more on quality quilt fabrics of your choice and also be able to accomplish expansive, and not expensive, works of art.


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