The hexagon bamboo frames in our Fresh Blooms box make adorable necklaces, but can also be used to create fast and easy scissor fobs or needleminders - great for swap gifts! Using a quilting fabric as the base makes the process even easier.
You can also use this same process to frame a small cross stitched piece in one of these frames - just make sure you follow the extra steps described for the embroidered project to protect and secure your stitches!
From the Fresh Blooms box:
- 1 inch bamboo hexagon frame
- quilting fabric
- thread to embroider your fabric (optional) - we used the DMC and Presencia cotton flosses
- clear-drying glue (we used Glossy Accents)
- Xacto knife
- fabric sc
- iron-on interfacing (optional - only needed if embroidering the fabric)
- iron (optional - only needed if embroidering the fabric)
Step 1 (Optional): Embroider Your Fabric
I selected the purple fabric from the Fresh Blooms box, as I thought it would lend itself well to some simple embroidery. For the hexagon on the left, I used a simple chain stitch to follow the path of the leaves and buds of one of the sections of the fabric. Don't worry if your embroidery extends beyond the frame, as mine does - we will be using interfacing to secure it before we cut!
You can also use the fabric without any additional embellishment - just move the frame around the fabric until you find a section you like.
Step 2: Cut down the quilting fabric
I started with the whole fat 16th of fabric, and once I'd narrowed down my design area, I cut away the extra fabric using a rotary cutter (scissors would work as well)
Don't cut away too much of the fabric just yet - I've found it is much easier to do the precision cutting around the frame after it is glued into place. For now, you just want to have a small, manageable piece to work with.
Step 3: Iron-on interfacing (for embroidered projects only)
If you are not embroidering your fabric, you can pass this step by, but if you have embroidered (or you are using this tutorial to finish a stitched piece), I highly recommend putting on a piece of interfacing before you attach the frame. If you've stitched past the frame (as I have here), it's a necessity, but I use it in every stitched piece I frame in one of this little hexagons.
I use a medium-weight interfacing - I think you could certainly get away with a light-weight, but the medium is what I already had in the studio, and it is also what I include in all the Designer Gems kits over at Dragonflylotus Designs. I would not recommend using anything heavier than medium weight - you aren't going to be putting the stitched or embroidered piece under much strain, and the heavier the interfacing, the thicker your finished piece will be.
Cut a 2 inch square piece of interfacing, center it over your stitching on the back of the fabric and iron on following the instructions on the package. Remember, the bumpy side of the interfacing goes against your stitching!
Step 4: Glue on the front of the frame
Select which side of the front frame you want to have facing out (I found that I often had a favorite side on these frames), and run a thin line of glue all around the back side of the frame. I used Glossy Accents because, again, it's what I have in the studio, but any clear-drying, gel type glue that works on fabric and wood should would. Please do not try to use Mod Podge for this - from personal experience I can tell you it will probably turn into a gluey mess.
Place the frame glue-side-down onto the front of your fabric and let dry. With the Glossy Accents mine took about 15 minutes, but your glue may have a different dry time. You do not want to proceed until the glue is well and dry.
Step 5: Cut away excess with Xacto knife
With the project face-up on your cutting surface, run your xacto knife around the 5 sides of the hexagon without the hanger (so, in the photo above, the five non-top sides). It is possible to cut into the frame itself when doing this, so be careful.
Once the fabric is released from the non-hanger sides, run the knife against the two outer portions of that sixth side, starting at the hanger and moving to the outer edge. Once this is done, your frame should only be attached to the excess fabric by the small section hiding under the hanger. now flip the project over, so you are looking at the back, and use your xacto knife to carefully cut away that last bit of fabric by connecting the two cut portions of the top side of the hexagon.
If you need to trim away any small excess bits once the project is free from the fabric, you can either continue to use the xacto knife, or use a small pair of scissors.
Step 6: Glue back frame
After some trial and error (read: after some gluey messes!), I've discovered that it is best to only put glue around the edge of the back frame (the portion covered by the front frame), and leave the center section unglued. This way, you don't risk the glue seeping through the fabric.
Run the glue around the outer section of the back frame, then attach to the back of the project. Again, make sure the glue dries completely before you handle it.
Once your glue dries, you are all finished! You can add a twisted cord to attach the frame to your scissors, or wear it as a necklace. You can also turn your project into a needleminder by gluing a ceramic magnet to the back of the project!
If you have any questions or run into any trouble making your hexagon fob, please either leave a comment here or use the contact form to send us a message. Until next time, Happy Stitching!