Sunday, September 26, 2010

Trick or Treat Frame

In case you missed this post I did over at seven thirty three a few weeks ago, here it is:  :)

Hey, Everyone!  I'm Erin from Crafts and Sutch and I'm thrilled to be hanging out with you and Kim at Seven Thirty Three today!

Well, if you are anything like me, you are in full swing Halloween/fall mode!  I love this time of year and I love to create new things to update my holiday decorations.  Today, let's dive into creating a cute Trick or Treat frame that will sit perfectly next to your candy bowl.  :)

Here is what you'll need:  a frame without the glass, scrap fabrics, glue gun, glue sticks, batting, needle and thread, iron on letters, Heat-n-Bond, ink pad, buttons or other embellishments.

To get started, take the cardboard insert out of the frame (if you are using an open back frame, then cut an insert out of cardboard) to use as the base.  Cut the batting about 1" larger than your cardboard on all sides so it can wrap around the base.  Using your glue gun, wrap the cardboard with the batting.

Now using the same process, wrap the cardboard with your base fabric.

Cut two more pieces of fabric, one will be the middle layer (I used black) and one will be the top layer (I used khaki).  The sizes will depend on your frame size.

Iron on the letters following the package's directions to the top layer of fabric.  If you don't have iron on letters, you could use a fabric marker or create a freezer paper stencil and use craft paint.

Use the Heat-n-Bond to adhere the top layer of fabric to the middle layer of fabric.  I cut the Heat-n-Bond about a 1/4" smaller on all sides so I can sew around it later (see yellow arrows).  Distress the edges of the top piece of fabric with ink.  My favorite tool to use here is a paper towel. :)

Now run a stitch around the outside of the top layer of fabric.  I used three strands of orange embroidery floss.

Apply Heat-n-Bond to the back side of the middle layer of fabric and adhere it to the base using the package's directions.

Now for the fun, decorate your base with some fabric rosette "lollipops" or "gumball" buttons, put the finished product in the frame, and swoon! :)

The best thing about this project is that you can make it in any size, in any color, and for any occasion...other holidays, make one with your kiddo's name on it for their room, or for a wedding gift with the bride and groom's last name and their wedding date!  :)  The possibilities are endless!

Thanks so much to Kim for having me today.  :)  I hope you all will stop by Crafts and Sutch to check out EEK Weeks...eight Mondays full of Halloween and fall fun!  :)

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  1. Awww...I love that! The possibilities are endless with this project...

  2. coming from cheri...loving that i might have everythng needed for this craft already!

  3. That's got to be one of the classiest Halloween decorations I've seen!!! You did a great job!

  4. I LOVE this Halloween project! Super cute! Would you mind if I featured you and this tutorial on my blog? I know my readers would love it as well!Let me know!

    framefanaticblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  5. What a cute idea. I really like the orange stiching. It adds that extra touch to the project.

  6. You have so many cute ideas! I hope you link them to my linky party!

  7. So cute!!! If only I had more window sills... I love it! :)

  8. hi erin:)
    I come form Europe, and i realy like the idea of you having a link party...... I hope I'll meet a lot of new blogers........
    I realy like your blog.......
    You can check out my blog at

    greeting from Croatia:))....

  9. Oooh, I love it! So cute!!

    ~ The Speckled Dog

  10. Too cute for words!! Love that cutesy lollipop. Great project! I'm visiting from Hope Studios' Tutorial Tuesday. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi. :)

  11. I saw it over there...but it's still fantastic!! :)

  12. Erin, Love this project! The rosette lollipop is adorable! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party, I have featured this here:

    Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  13. What a great idea! So Darling!


  14. Oh so cute! I love it! Would LOVE to feature this cute frame on Friday! Feel free to grab a featured button and thanks so much for linking up! Have a great day!

  15. A.dor.a.ble.
    LOVE it! I'm totally making one. TFS!

  16. Wow, I love what you did! I'm bookmarking this so I can make one for myself. :) Thanks for the tutorial!

  17. This is super cute! I think I could make this with what I have on hand. Thanks for the idea!

  18. Okay. This is adorable. The ticking fabric behind it is the perfect choice! I may have to pick some up!

  19. I love it! Super cute.... I like the fabric you chose.

  20. Sew cute!! (sorry, I had to...) New follower!

  21. I adore this!! Such nice attention to detail!
    Great Job!
    I hope you had fun weekend!


  22. This is such a cute idea, I love that it's like a sampler and framed. The cute lollipop is a great way to finish it off. Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! Please join us next time too!

  23. I love this! Its so cute. Love the lollypop

  24. I copied it - and credited you for it! Thanks for the inspiration!


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