Using pinking shears, cut the sheet to 48×52 inches. Center the board on the fabric’s wrong side. Wrap the fabric to the back of the board. (For smaller projects, be sure to allow several inches of fabric to wrap back.) Starting at the center of one side and working out, staple the fabric every inch. Next, wrap and staple the opposite side, pulling fabric taut. Finish remaining sides. Fold corners smooth, trimming excess fabric.
Cut two 38-inch pieces of 1/2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon and two 42inch pieces for the border. Wrap short ribbons around short ends and staple to back. Add long ribbons. Dot fabric glue between ribbon and sheet.
Matters of taste. Pillowcases, scraps left from other projects, or flawed sheets from the bargain bin offer up enough yardage for fabric-covered mat boards. Small prints work best for this project.
Purchase a precut mat board or have one custom-cut to fit your photos and frames. Cut the fabric pieces 1 inch larger than the mat board. Using a foam brush, apply a light coat of white crafts glue on the front side of the mat. Center the fabric over the mat and smooth it in place. For the photo window, cut the opening I inch smaller on each side than the actual mat opening. Cut diagonally into each corner. Pull the center fabric to the back and glue it in place. Place the mat under a heavy book or other weight and let it dry.
Because of its tight weave, sheet fabric frays very little. Even so, it’s a good ideo to add a tiny dot of glue to the inside corners (below) to prevent any stray threads from popping out.
After the mat dries, attach your photograph to the mat back with tape. Add a solid piece of mat board the same size as the first for backing and place both in the frame.
If you choose not to use glass, be aware that your photograph is unprotected. Consider framing a copy of the original instead. With original heirloom photographs, use only archival-quality tapes and glues.
Dressy drawers. Help an unfinished or worse-for-wear dresser get with the decorating program by covering the drawers in fabric that matches the bedding. A twin-size sheet will cover a three-drawer dresser. When cutting out the fabric, check pattern matches and repeats so the overall design is pleasing.
Cut fabric 72 inch wider on all sides than the drawer fronts. Mix equal parts of water and white crafts glue, and paint one drawer front with the solution. Working quickly, center the fabric on the drawer front and gently press it into place with a small rolling pin or credit card. Work from the center out, pushing air bubbles out the edges. Wrap the 2-inch fabric flaps to the drawer sides or back, and glue into place with full-strength glue. Add a row of hidden staples for holding power. Finish the rest of the drawers, then slide them into a dresser that’s been painted with two coats of matching paint.
Curtains for this one. WIder is better when it comes to drapery fabric-less piecing is needed. And sheets will fit almost any window size. Select a sheet that is 1 1/2 to 3 times wider than your window. If the sides are already hemmed (most are not), skip to the rod pocket step in the next paragraph. If the sides are selvage edges, turn the edge under 4 inch, then 3/4 inch, and topstitch.
Determine the proper length for the curtain and add 2 inches for the rod pocket. For a balloon bottom like the one shown here, add 6 to 8 inches. (You won’t need extra inches for the hem, since the sheet bottom already is hemmed.) Cut the sheet to the proper length. Turn the top edge under 4 inch, then 1 3/4 inches to form the rod pocket. Topstitch.
Flat-front drawers work best because the fabric is glued to the front, then wrapped around the edges and glued and stapled in place. For beveled drawers, apply the fabric to the flat surface only. Paint the bevel a contrasting color.
When adding rickrack, you don’t hav to sew back and forth along the trim-a straight stitch will hold it in place just fine. Align the rickrack so the bottom of the V meets The edge of the hem, then sew straight through the trim. After laundering, the rickrack may curl slightly. Steam ironing will Haen the trim to its original shape.
(Be sure to prewash the trim before using-it may shrink slightly.)
Lay rickrack along the side hem on the curtain’s wrong side. The lower point of the V shape should align with the edge. Sew through rickrack in a straight line. Tack in place at each end and finish with fray-checking liquid.