I ordered some flex frames a while back, and just got around to trying them out. There’s a tutorial over at The Small Object, but I was determined to hide the frame within the fabric, so I made mine differently.
First of all, I made the fabric wider than the 4″ frame to create some gathers (6″ cut with 1/2″ seam allowance). Then I also added a lining fabric just shorter than the exterior fabric and then encased the frame in the same way that you would make an elastic casing. This requires you to slide the opened metal frame into the casing through a 1″ opening, then close the frame by attaching the tiny screw, then sew the opening in the fabric closed once the frame is inside. So, I did wrestle with it a bit, but it worked. This is a gift for a 6-year-old, so I included six dollars. Maybe I’ll write up a tutorial for this one day. Not today.