One of my good girl friends, Ashley, just had her baby about a month ago. Ever since we had gone to another friend’s baby shower and saw a little monogrammed framed fabric with a splash of burlap, Ashley wanted one too. So what was a girl to do but make one for this soon-to-be momma?! I did a little looking around for the materials and went at it.
First, I went to Micheal’s and found a thin wooden frame. You can find a similar one here or here. I also bought some gray and white chevron fabric. Ashley’s nursery is pink, gray, and white so this fabric was perfect! When I first purchase supplies for a specific project, I get so excited and just want to jump the gun. When I brought the frame and fabric home, I wanted to assemble the frame immediately to see what the fabric looked like behind the frame. Any one else get the itch to put the final pieces together before they are ready??
PAINTING!! Get that frame painted! I chose pink to go with the theme of her nursery. I used acrylic paint and a small foam brush. Since the frame isn’t super fancy or high quality, I made sure to really saturate the wooden frame with the paint to get an even coat.
The fabric needs to be monogrammed- and this proved to be the HARDEST part. I thought getting a small piece of fabric monogrammed would be about $15. BOY WAS I WRONG. It was going to be at least $30! I called around to several places, too, and got the same quote. Luckily, I have a talented boss who has a machine that can do magical things like monogram, so I handed over the fabric to her capable hands and it was returned to me monogrammed to perfection! Even if you do take your fabric to a store, make sure to trace an outline of the frame onto the wrong side of the fabric. This way whoever is doing the monogramming can center the letters.
Now came the fun part- assembly! I cut the fabric down to the size of the opening of the frame, plus one inch all around. Then I ironed the edges under twice- a half-inch each time. This way the back had a nice edge to it and the fabric won’t fray as easily.
My first thought to attach the fabric to the frame was a staple gun. Two things got in the way of this actually happening: 1) I don’t have a staple gun, and 2) the frame is pretty thin. I didn’t want to crack the frame with the force of the gun, so instead I turned to my trusty hot-glue gun. Has it ever let me down? It worked like a charm.
Then I just tied a little burlap bow through the holes in the frame to hang. This bow is removable- I did not glue or sew it into place. This way if Ashley ever wanted to switch out the ribbon or even just hang it without the ribbon, she has the option to. It was such a fun project to make- and you can switch up the color scheme, the fabric, the ribbon, and make this for so many different gifts!