Fabric Art Tutorial – Hello Little Frank


Glad to See You!

white background

Sometimes when I’m in the middle of an art project, my studio looks like a tornado passed through.

Drawers and cupboards fall open, materials and tools are scattered all about the room and I groan thinking about having to put it all away at some point.

creative chaos


Today, quite unplanned, I decided to make a wall hanging for one of my boys as a Christmas gift (hopefully, he won’t be reading this blog entry).  He had a little dog named Frank who was very sweet.  I wanted to make a reminder of Frank for his wall.  Using what I had on hand, I sorted through the scraps of brown fabric from past projects.  I selected five basic colors and began snipping and fusing.

brown scraps

snips of brown fabric

It didn’t take long and I had enough to cut out the body.   I made a little flap for the ear and outlined it in black for definition, added a little red color, a little eye peeking out from under the ear flap and a little black tip for the nose.   Once that was done, I was ready to try different backgrounds.  My preference was for the green background, but one of my boys thought his brother would like the white better, so I followed his advice.


green background

white background

Next I cut out the pooch’s name in my very best cursive writing… cutting letter is a little tedious, but the result is usually worth the time and care it takes.

cursive letter cutouts

I then found a piece of leftover batting I had used on a long ago quilt project and used that to add some loft in between the front and back pieces.  As luck would have it, I found a cute piece for the backing from my fabric stash that coordinated nicely with the front design.  I sandwiched the three pieces together leaving an extra one inch border of the back fabric to fold up around the outside to finish the edges.  The I stitched around the dog and on the name for a little added definition.

Here is my finished piece… I hope he likes it.  I do!  It looks especially good sitting on my red table runner.  Hmm…

Merry Christmas Evan!

16 responses »

  1. that is so cute as a mom to three doxies, I think anything with dachshunds are adorable!! 🙂 And I am happy to know I am not the only one who leaves cupboards open and drawers open in my sewing room while I work, actually yours looks a lot more organized than mine! Happy sewing!

    • We had a dachshund growing up and I think they’re very adorable little pets, too.

      Yes, have a habit of leaving things open in the kitchen, and my office, too. Any room in the house that has a drawer or cupboard is vulnerable… I wasn’t aware that I did this before my husband called it to my attention over the years. I just forget to close things which is rather odd considering my usual attention to details and organization. 🙂

    • Actually, it would be a fun project to make with your daughter (if she’s old enough, that is). It was pretty simple to put together and you could have great fun changing out the colors to suit her bedroom decor. 🙂 Glad you like it, thanks!

        • Perfect. Be sure to publish the results… would love to see what you two come up with. . I was having “girly” ideas myself yesterday when working on Frank and was considering how I might like to do another one.

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