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How to Build Your Own DIY Quilting Frame

Quilting is one of those important crafts which has been around for thousands of years and is essentially any sewing process that joins three layers of fabric together.

Quilts are also part of American history and folklore. The early pioneers made patchwork quilts for warmth and decoration and as a way to use up old pieces of material, such as blankets and clothing, transforming them into something practical and beautiful. Quilting is a traditional craft, so it is easy to build your own DIY quilting frame, as it does not require too much in the way of DIY skills, tools, technology, or expense.

Build Your Own DIY Quilting Frame

There are different ways to do this, but if you want to keep things easy and cheap, this method ticks the right boxes.

You need:

·       6 pieces of pine measuring 1′ x 4′ x 8′.

·       2 of these pieces should be cut into 8 x 16” lengths.

·       You also need plywood or board, cut into 4 pieces each measuring 8′ x 31″.

To build your own DIY quilting frame you will also need some tools:

·       Mitre saw or table saw

·       Jig saw, Sawzall, or band saw

·       4 clamps

·       Tacks

First, cut the boards to the required lengths as outlined above. The 16” pieces should be cut at an angle on the mitre saw. Do this by marking off 2” from the corner, and set the saw to cut at a 45 degree angle.

To make the bases for the quilting frame, you need to use the eight 16” pieces. Using the Jigsaw cut a notch in 4 of the pieces at the bottom, and cut a notch in 4 of the pieces at the top. The notch should be ¾ inch wide and 1 ¾ inches deep. The pieces of wood will then slot into each other creating a stable base.

Now get the plywood. This will make the table legs for the quilting frame and will need to be fitted into the four bases.  The plywood legs support the struts of the quilting frame above.

Cut a notch measuring 3 ½ inches in the top of 4 pieces of plywood. Insert the bottom of the board into the bases you made earlier, so that this gap is situated on top.

Now sit your quilting frame pieces on top, clamp and tack into place. Once you have made sure that your DIY quilting frame is stable and secure, you can start using it.

There are many other patterns and methods you can use to build your own DIY quilting frame. It is important to remember that the early American pioneers built these from scrap pieces of wood they had lying around, so there is no right and wrong way to go about it ,and it does not need to be finished to a brilliant standard of woodwork. As long as it works and is stable, you can consider your DIY quilting frame a success!