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How to Make an Alternative Valentines Day Wall Hanging
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How to Make an Alternative Valentines Day Wall Hanging

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1 hr +

A perfect alternative Valentine’s day gift. Why not use a quote or wording that means something to you. Make it personal by adding their name or make in their favourite colours. This project is perfect for beginners, and you can make it as simple or as detailed as you like by choosing different fonts. In this case, bringing fun summery colours to a February day. If you can’t free motion, you can add details by hand in the same way as explained below.

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Equipment

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How to make

 

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A computer and Printer

Free-motion Foot Attachment 

All sewn edges use a 10mm seam allowance.

Step 1

Cut a piece of calico measuring 100x30cm. Fold in half, widthways, press and then cut the open edges into a point. Mark the angles with a ruler before chopping them off to check they are equal.

Cutting Calico

Step 2

Next using your computer and printer, print off the wording you want. Trace each word on the gluey side of your iron-on adhesive. Go over your lines on the paper backing side too. Roughly cut each word out.

Tracing Template

Step 3

Iron each word onto your chosen felt colours

Ironing on adhesive onto felt

Step 4

Cut each word out and peel off the backing paper.

Cutting text out of felt

Step 5

Arrange your wording onto your banner front leaving a space at the top for your dowel (roughly 4cm). Once you’re happy, iron permanently in place.

Ironing felt onto calico

Step 6

Carefully sew around each word on your machine or by hand. Make sure you only sew through one side of the banner. Add any other shapes or motifs.

Machine sewing text into place

Step 7

Trace another word onto stitch ’n’ tear and then place over the top of your felt wording. Using free-motion embroidery, sew this on top in a contrasting colour. Then rip away the paper.

Word on Stitch and tear

Step 8

Next, make a tassel. Cut lengths of yarn and tie them together in the middle to form a top. Get another piece and wrap around the lengths to make your tassel. Trim any ends or loops

Making tassle

Step 9

Fold your banner piece right sides together so all the design is on the inside. Place your tassel in the bottom point and pin everything together. Sew 2.5cm from the top fold, all the way around to the other side, leaving a large gap in one long straight edge.

Pinning Wall hanging

Step 10

Trim any corners and points then turn the right way through the gap and press flat.

Trimming corners

Step 11

Using your machine sew along the top edge, roughly 2.5cm from the fold, creating a channel for your dowel. Then top stitch all the outer edges for neatness.

Machine Sewing wall hanging

Step 12

Insert your dowel and add ribbon or string to each end for hanging. Then make a couple of pom-poms and tie them onto one end.

 

Final Wall hanging

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