Cartonnage Framed Arts

Make fabric frames to show up your arts

Join us in this FUN and creative journey or making Fabric Frames to add your arts, using Cartonnage Technique!

This course is also part of the Cartonnage Club and we are a great community of fabric/cartonnage lovers!

Want to learn more about the Club? Click here for more information.

This is not a "quilting art" course, here you will learn how to make frames of any sizes to fit the arts you already know, or will start making in the future. There are some inspiration here and short tutorials for no-sew paper piecing and no-sew collage.

This is the Online Course that supports the Cartonnage Framed Art Contest (happening September-November 2023).

Hint: You don't need to submit your art if you don't want! This course can just be in your library and you can refer to it in the future. Endless fun!

But, to submit your art to the Contest you have to be part of this course, here is where you will learn the how's and many important tips and inspiration


Making Fabric frames to match your art is easy and Fun!

Your art can be permanently fixed to the frame, or you can make it removable!
Make it in the size you need, or start from a frame DIY kit and create your art to fit it.
Have tons of fun making your art and possibly submit your art to our Contest for a chance to win great prizes.

Frames can be wall arts or to be added to a variety of other cartonnage projects, like boxes, books, albums, covers.

All the information you need to create your framed art is here! Take your time, plan with care and have tons of fun gluing!

You can start from DIY kits available in our shop and make the art to fit the frames, OR, in this course you will learn in details how to start from your art and then make the frame from the scratch to fit it!

If you are a member of the Cartonnage Club this course is inside the members area, so you don't need to purchase it.

If you are not a member, you can consider joining the Club - lots of more fun - Click here for more info, or, purchase this course and have one year access to it.

Course Curriculum

Your Instructor

Claudia Squio
Claudia Squio

I'm Claudia Squio a Brazilian-American artist living in Michigan and focusing on cartonnage, that is a traditional art of making boxes covered with fabric or paper. I design fabric boxes and cases and teach this amazing technique at quilt stores, quilt guilds and also through my online cartonnage school. I have authored the book “Cartonnage Basics & Beyond – The complete guide to make fabric boxes”. Besides creating the pieces and teaching I also develop some DIY kits and tools that can be used for my students to have fun, feel the relaxing power of crafting and facilitate the process of fabric box making.


See what cartonnage lovers are saying

I have done most of the online courses available. The online courses are very well done and, like all of Claudia’s products, very detailed. Also, she is available to answer questions if you have them and I really appreciate her quick response. You have access to the free and paid classes and videos at any time. ( There’s nothing like taking a Cartonnage course in your jammies—LOL) Marita

Just got home from vacation and went straight to Cartonnage! Couldn't wait to make the new desk organizer!! The hardest thing to do.... was to figure out what fabric to use😆. Following Claudia class on line, it was SO MUCH FUN AND EASY TO DO! I just LOVE it. Vicki

The videos are easy to follow and Claudia explains each step in great detail. You can rewind and fast forward to do the work at your own pace. Claudia will answer any of your questions that come up. Cartonnage does not require any specialized tools but the toolkit makes things easier. Cartonnage is fun and not difficult to learn! I would recommend these videos for anyone interested in learning about Cartonnage. Betsy

I am not a skilled crafter, but Claudia's online classes made me feel like one! I found the instructions were detailed yet clear and simple to follow. It was fun. I am delighted with the results. It is particularly important for me as a visual learner to see the instructions and then follow with her demonstrations. I could follow and complete each process with ease and confidence step by step. Her attention to detail is valuable in the processes. Cheri

See what "local Cartonnage students" are saying Claudia's classes

I am dazzled by my new notebook and box! Claudia's teaching is wonderful. She paces the class very well and her instructions are clear and precise. She has a wonderful range of projects. I also like the idea of buying a kit and getting the instructions with very helpful photos. But best of all, she has all of the pieces cut in a kit – WOW!!! That is so fabulous for us that we do not have to worry about cutting out the pieces. Sherri

I LOVE the way my box turned out & now I'll be able to keep track of my cartonnage tools. Claudia is such a good teacher & can't wait to take another class. Karen

Claudia's cartonnage classes have been a thoroughly fun and rewarding experience. Thanks to her patient and supportive approach to teaching; clear, step-by-step instructions (both in class and in detailed printed directions); and complete, reasonably priced DIY kits, I have learned to create a variety of unique items, including boxes, journals, sewing kits, frames, trays, wallets, and more. Because Claudia is so well-organized, she demonstrates cartonnage concepts and steps in a way that is easy to understand and follow, even for a beginner. I highly recommend her classes for anyone seeking an introduction to a technique that offers limitless creative possibilities with simple, inexpensive tools and materials. Jan

First of all, the instructions are exquisite. They are professional in every way and every detail. Second, the kits, numbered, professionally cut and laid out are also exceptional. I don't know other people who teach or present cartonnage classes, but Claudia's kits are top of the line. They are also very reasonably priced. Lastly, and most important, she is highly skilled and present classes effectively. She is professional along with extremely kind, considerate, helpful and very sincere. I love her classes for all those reasons. The bonus is learning these skills and coming away with a finished project I am really proud of. Maria

Frequently Asked Questions

What crafting skills do I need to be able to do Cartonnage?

None! No expensive machines, no sewing to work with Cartonnage. In this technique we use paper, fabric and glue as the main material. The tools are very simple and easy to find.

How long do I have access to this course?
If you are a member of the Cartonnage Club you have access for as long as you are a member. And if you purchase this course, you will have 1 year access to it.
I am having trouble for sign up or viewing the videos. What should I do?

If you are not able to sign up, apply coupon code, or are having trouble with viewing the videos, please email [email protected] with a description of the problem and we will work on resolving the issue.

If I join this course do I need to submit my art to the contest?
Nope, this is an online course packed with inspiration and technique that you can keep for your references. You only submit your art if you want.