Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"P" is for Patchwork

Patchwork wall art.



A knock off of Ballard Design's Patchwork Prints:

Patchwork Prints -Set of 9
image from Ballard Designs


My prints are actually pieces of fabric, the squares measure 6 1/2" each.

Here's how I made them:

1. My drying rack recently broke so I used the side wood pieces:


2. Disassemble the rack and cut 6 1/2" pieces with mitered corners:


3. Assemble frames using wood glue and nails. (I did buy one 5' piece of moulding in order to make 9 frames.)


4. Paint frames grey.


5. Sand rough edges and excess glue, dry brush paint with silver metallic.
6. Cut 9 pieces of 1/4" plywood (mine are 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" to fit snug inside the frame).


7. Apply spray adhesive to plywood and attach fabric.  Snug plywood into frame leaving about 1/4" depth of frame in front and hot glue inside corners from back side.



I'll save the $169 plus shipping and make my own patchwork prints!


And I won't feel so bad when I want to change them out for something new.


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56 comments:

Inspire Me Heather said...

Ok those are just TOO CUTE - love it!!!

Kara said...

I was thinking of doing something like this, but didn't want to buy that many frames. Kuddos for making your own. Looks great and love your fabric choices.

Carri @ Redefining C said...

This turned out awesome! Very creative thinking by using the drying rack. ;)

Kim said...

Awesome, creative use of the rack, they turned out wonderfully!

Brandi said...

Wow, what a neat idea! You are so creative!!!

Katy said...

good job! I looove Ballards, but never the prices, lol

Lesley Litrento said...

They look super great! I use to live near a Ballard's Clearance Center and the prices were STILL too darn up there!!! Who needs 'em.....lol

Olga said...

You're so creative, mine broke and to the trash went.. I could've done this.

Judy said...

This is SO cute!! I might have to make some for MY place!! ;)

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

That is one very pretty patchwork! Great idea to reuse the drying rack too.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Well, how cute is that. You are so creative and good. Thanks so much for sharing this at the party this week!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Love love love your knock off!!!

poindextr said...

what an awesome idea reusing those wood slats for frame pieces! And I like your assortment of fabric too, visually interesting mix. Great job!

Kathy C. said...

I was still in awe of the cute patchwork art when I read that you made the frames! That blew me away! wow... amazing. I love it!

Erin said...

They are absolutely fantastic!! And the fact that you recycled a drying rack makes is just that much better! :)

pinktoesandpowertools said...

It's posts like this that make me into a pack rat--instead of pitching stuff, I'm telling myself "I'm sure I could find a use for this...".

Love your wall art!

Jenn said...

So smart to re-use your rack! It looks amazing! :)

Lisa said...

I love this! What a great idea and it's such a unique piece of wall art!

Heather said...

Wow, these look fantastic! What an ingenius use for your broken drying rack, too!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Wow. I can't believe you used a broken drying rack to make the frames. Brilliant! I like your colors much better than the Ballard version. This is fantastic!

Kelly said...

So great! Yours looks better than Ballard!


Kelly

Brook said...

How adorable! I have fabric squares on my living room wall, but they aren't framed like yours. I just may have to do something about that. :)

Abby said...

So simple but so pretty! I love the prints you picked

Handkerchiefgal said...

Great idea! Love where you got the wood from!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I love those! Reminds me of an old quilt!

Erin said...

As a lover of anything patchwork, these are right up my alley! Love how you repurposed the drying rack, too.

Off to add this to my tumblr for future project inspiration... :)

Erin
Carolina Country Living
http://carolinacountryliving.blogspot.com

Ashleigh@Sincerely said...

This is better than your inspiration! I love it.

Tiff said...

These look amazing! You are so inspiring!!! X

Bayside Rose said...

I love these. Thanks for sharing.

Pam x

Kim @ It's a Crafty Life said...

I love all kinds of fabric, so this is a great idea! They look great!

Cottage In The Sun said...

Those are sweet! What a fab idea!

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

u need to make these and sell them! i would totally buy!!! love this for my boys room! : )

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

These are just darling~ I love your take on the patchwork prints- so sweet! Thanks for linking this up to FNF :)

Jasey @ Jasey's Crazy Daisy said...

Love it! Creative frames!

Jen said...

Love, love, love how these turned out! SO GREAT! ~Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

Creative Contentment said...

These are great!! Really delightful. Thanks for sharing them. I have 2 girls and a little guy myself. :) :)

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

Fabulous idea! I am definitely going to have to copy it! Thanks for the inspiration!

LrSchwtz said...

I am so impressed, you are super resourceful! They turned out so cute! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

Living with said...

These are so fun! I love that you repurposed your broken drying rack. Nice!

Megan Brooke said...

This is such a cute idea! Love that you used the wood from an old drying rack. I've seen this in the Ballard catalog. Great thrifty alternative!

D and G Stories said...

Amazing transformation! So resourceful...I would have never thought to turn that old rack into beautiful frames. Love this!

Wanda said...

Great idea! Nice Knockoff! I am saving this idea! Love your fabric choices. wanda

Tabitha said...

That's just so cool! I never would have thought of making frames from a clothes rack. Excellent way to reuse it! I love how colorful and cheerful they are.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

It reminds me of the embroidery hoops that people have been putting fabric in - I LOVE the fabric you chose and I love that they are square!

Holly said...

Awesome, Jaime! Love the fabric, too.

Rachael said...

LOVE IT!! I would never have thought to cut up one of those racks (which I totally have and am about to take a saw to). Thanks for linking up! I'm featuring you tomorrow!

freckled laundry said...

I'm IN LOVE with these Jaime! I'll be featuring them tonight.

Erin said...

Stopping by from tt&j link up party. These are cute and my walls are bare...

Deanna Jane (cullenkidsmum) said...

So So cute, I saw those prints in the Ballard catalog and have been saving the page for my own project! Yours turned out so great!!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Those are so cute! I love that you used your broken drying rack too:)

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

Love those. They are even better that the Ballard ones. Perfect summer colors and I love how you were able to reuse the drying rack and didn't just toss it in the trash.

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Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

These are AMAZING! I had seen this on Ballard and hoped there would be some more affordable versions in crafty blogworld soon, but I can't even believe you made those frames from a broken drying rack - that's awesome! I'm your newest follower and can't wait to look around! : )

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

What a great idea!!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

What a great idea!!

Julia V said...

You are brillant! Wish I was that creative. Keep it up.