Pin Pal Frame

Don’t you just love collecting those cute little pins from your favorite quilters and vendors? I have a mug filled with favorites in my studio. This little project will let you get them out and show them off. Hi, my name is Teri Henderson Tope. I am a quilter, teacher, author, iquilt instructor and a BERNINA Ambassador from Columbus, Ohio. Come spend a little time in my studio and create your own Pin Pal.

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Pin Pal measures 7-1/2″ x 9-3/4″

Materials to make a Pin Pal

  • ¼ yard cut accent fabric (polka dot in sample)
  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ fabric for back of Pin Pal
  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ fabric for front of frame
  • ¼ yard cut solid fabric (white in sample)
  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ fabric for front of Pin Pal
  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ fabric for lining of frame
  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ rectangle Soft and Stable
  • Matching threads to piece and quilt
  • Pinking Shears
  • Fixion Marking Pen
  • Scissors
  • 8″ piece of ¼” ribbon or hanging
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Pin Pal Pattern

Quilting The Background

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Prepare a quilt sandwich consisting of the Pin Pal backing rectangle, soft and stable and Pin Pal front rectangle.

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Attach your favorite free motion foot to sewing machine. Drop feed dogs and free motion quilt the sandwich. I chose to play around with some daisies.

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Download, printout and cut out the frame pattern. With Frixion pen, trace around frame edge on the wrong side of the quilted fabric rectangle.

Making The Frame

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Pin Pal frame tutorial

First we are going to mark a rectangle in the middle of our frame lining fabric. I use a Frixion Pen, and ruler to measure and mark 2″ in from each side of the wrong side of the frame lining fabric.

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Layer the frame front rectangle and frame lining rectangle right sides together.

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Put your patchowrk foot (Patchwork foot #37/37D, Patchwork foot with guide #57/57D or Patchwork foot #97/97D) on machine and raise the feed dogs. Stitch around marked line of the lining fabric rectangle. Engage the needle down to get nice sharp corners.

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Remove interior of frame leaning a ¼” seam allowance. Clip corners.

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Turn frame inside out and press

Putting it all together

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Lay frame right side up on flat surface. Place quilted background back against right side of frame, pin.

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Stitch around the marked line on the background side of sandwich. Make sure the dual feed is engaged if using the Patchwork foot #97D for a smother seam.

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Remove excess fabric from frame with a pair of pinking shears. Pinking shears clip all the curves and result in a nice smooth edge on the finished frame.

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Carefully turn frame front to the front and press.

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Pin edges to ensure a squareish center of your frame. (I like how it bows just a little bit; I think it adds to the quirkiness of the frame.) Top stitch 1/8″ around center opening of the Pin Pal

Pin Pal frame tutorial

Hand stitch ribbon to back top of frame and attach all your favorite pins.

Projects: home décor
Techniques: crafts, quilting

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