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Easy-Sew Embroidered Wall Art
When you've completed your embroidery, how do you display it? Framing it in a hoop is one of the most common ways to finish embroidery, but it's not the only way. This sewn wall hanging is easy to make and a fun way to mix up the look of your finished stitching.
You'll find that it works well for that piece you just finished, as well as the embroidery that's been sitting for months (or years). And you can use this technique to make hangings of different sizes and proportions.
Sewn wall art is a great way to quickly change out artwork in your home. Make several to switch throughout the year. It's also a nice gift and you can mail it easily, which makes it perfect for crafting swaps.
To make this, you will need some basic sewing skills. It's fastest to put the wall hanging together with a sewing machine, but you can sew it by hand if you prefer.
- Completed embroidery
- Batting or felt
- Embroidery floss
Continue to 2 of 6 below.
- Rotary cutter, ruler & mat (optional)
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Needle and thread
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Prepare the Pieces
Gently press your finished embroidery and trim it to the size you want. A rotary cutter and ruler are a big help with this. You should leave enough room for a 1/4" seam allowance on each side, plus some space around the stitching.
You can make a wall hanging that is just the embroidered fabric, or you can add some accent fabric as shown. The strips on the example above are two different sizes, but there are no set rules for this.
Add just one strip, sew several different fabrics together or make some of the accent fabric significantly larger. You might even try sewing more than one embroidered piece together.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Layer the Fabric, Batting, and Ribbon
Pin the strips to the embroidery with right sides together and sew with a straight seam. Press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric.
Cut a piece of fabric and a piece of batting or felt to the same size as the completed front piece. Cut a 9-10" piece of ribbon.
Layer the pieces as follows: batting, fabric (right side up), ribbon with ends to the top edge as shown and front piece (wrong side up).Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Pin and Sew Around the Sides
Pin around the sides, making sure you pin the ribbon in place so it doesn't shift. You may want to use a pin to mark where you'll leave a gap in the sewing for turning the wall hanging right side out.
Sew around the sides, backstitching at the beginning and end. Leave 2-3" open for turning.
Trim the corners to reduce bulk (but don't cut the sewing) and then turn it right side out.
Roll the seams between your fingers to help open them up and press the wall hanging gently to remove any wrinkles caused by the turning process.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Turn and Hand Stitch the Opening
Press the seam allowance along the opening so the edge remains even and pin it.
Stitch the opening closed with tiny stitches that don't show. Ladder stitch is a good choice for this, but a tiny overcast stitch also works.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Add Some Detail Stitching
Your wall hanging is almost finished.
Thread your needle with three strands of embroidery floss. Use a running stitch to frame the embroidered section or go around the entire outside of the wall hanging.
The running stitch is decorative, but it also finishes the edges and holds the layers together like hand quilting. Try to hide your knots between the layers.
Made using the instructions above, wall hangings up to 8 inches will work fine. If you are making one larger than this, consider these tips:
- Add stabilizer to the back of your embroidery or the back piece of fabric.
- Use more than one loop of ribbon so it hangs evenly.
- Quilt through the layers enough so that you don't see them pulling apart.
Now you have a new way to display your finished embroidery.