How To Make a DIY Quilting Frame

Whether you're new to quilting or a seasoned expert, the need for a quilt frame is universal. 

A quick search online and you've likely come across some frames that are ready to go, but can cost an arm and a leg. Some frames are available for around $100, but the quality of those are generally abysmal. Anything decent is going to cost significantly more, and is out of the price range of most people.

With this guide, you can use a few inexpensive materials to create a sturdy, long lasting quilt frame at home. 

Heres What You're Going To Need:

Materials:

  • 4 sections of flaw-free pine - 1' x 4' x 8'
  • 4 sections pine - cut into (8) 16" lengths
  • plywood or particle board - cut into (4) 8' x 31" pieces
  • Spare fabric strips to make a fabric base

Tools:

  • A Saw (hand or table/miter, a jigsaw will help too but isn't necessary)
  • 4 clamps
  • Tacks/stables

Now that you have everything you need, here's the quickest, most effective way to make a DIY quilt frame at home:

Steps For Making a Quilt Frame

  1. Start by cutting all of the boards to the specifications listed above
  2. For the 16" sections (this is your frame base), cut the top corners off at a 45-degree angle, 2 inches from the corner.
  3. If you have a jigsaw, you're going to use this to cut notches out of these boards so you can connect them to form an X-base for the feet of your base.
  4. Cut a top-notch out of 4 of the boards, and a bottom-notch out of the other 4 with the following specifications
  5. Measure 7 5/8" from the edge. Then cut your notch 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" deep. Slide the boards together to create an X shape that will act as a foot for your base. 
  6. Next, cut notches in the particle board or plywood for the legs
  7. Cut a notch in the boards bottom that is 1 1/4" wide and 3 1/2" deep (centered). At the top, cut a similar notch that is 1" deep and 3 1/2" wide. The boards will be inserted into the bases to make stable legs. 
  8. The top notch is for your quilting frames to sit in.
  9. Add clamps, fabric and tacks and you're all set.

Let us know what you think!

Are you able to create a DIY quilting frame with these instructions? Let us know how it went in the comments section below.

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