It's way too easy to forget about our beautiful embroidery projects once they're done, and just let them float around the house all neglected.
Don't let that happen to your next hand-stitched piece! Unless you're planning to save it for sewing into a larger project, give your embroidery the showcase it deserves: smack-dab in the middle of your wall.
Sure, you can always leave it on the hoop and hang it up like that, but then it looks unfinished and unloved. Luckily, there's an easy way to create frames for your hand-embroidered pieces so they can truly shine — whether you're planning to keep them or give them away as handmade gifts.
How to Frame an Embroidery Project
What You Need
- Foam core board
- Pins (sewing or quilting pins)
- Iron and ironing board
- Cutting or self-healing mat (a piece of cardboard works, too)
- Frame of choice
- X-Acto knife or box cutter
1. Measure Your Piece
You'll need to make sure the piece of fabric is large enough to fit into the frame you've picked out. Take the measurement of your frame, just inside the lip. Your embroidered piece should extend beyond this length by at least two inches.
This inside portion of the frame in the image above is 10-by-13 inches, and the embroidered fabric that will go into it is 13-by-15 inches. So far, so good.
2. Mark the Length and Width on the Foam Core
Using the frame measurements, note down the length and width on the foam. If the frame comes with a piece of glass, use that as a guide; just be careful not to cut yourself. With a cutting mat and a box cutter (or X-Acto knife), carefully cut the foam core to your measurements.
3. Press your Embroidered Piece
Before you place your stitched fabric onto the foam core, you'll want to make sure it's nice and smooth. Iron the front and the back of the fabric. It's better not to iron directly on the stitches, since the heat can warp the embroidery, so go around the stitches, not right over them. If that's not possible, cover the stitches with a pressing cloth or piece of fabric first.
4. Pin to the Foam Core
Center the embroidered fabric on the foam first. Then take a pin and push it through the embroidered fabric and the foam core, along the center of the top edge.
Repeat that step for each side, making sure to hold the fabric taut as you pin it. Keep adding pins to each edge, gently pulling the fabric to create a smooth, even surface.
5. Attach the Fabric to the Foam
Turn the embroidered piece over, and fold the top and bottom edges of fabric over the back of the foam core.
Now tape each side down onto the foam core. Repeat that step for the side edges of the fabric.
Note: If you want to mount your embroidery without a frame, you can stop here!
6. Put It in the Frame
Your fabric should fit snugly in the frame you chose. Now attach the frame backing. In the image above, the glass has been taken out of the frame. You can decide whether you'd rather frame your piece with glass or without.
7. Attach a Label
If you didn't stitch your signature onto your embroidered piece, you can create and print out a separate label and attach it to the back of the frame.
8. Display and Enjoy!
Now that your piece is all framed and pretty, it's ready to light up your day — or double as a gorgeous gift someone else will proudly show off!
Ready to take this to the next level? Consider embroidering a photo!