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Crafty Christmas Wall Hanging

 

Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging

The very popular A-lure-ing Wall Hanging receives a magic Christmas makeover, transforming it into a crafty display for holiday embroidery!

Create as many different panels as you like with fabric you choose, then stitch seasonal embroidery designs to create a festive addition to holiday decor! Embellish with ornaments, faux pine boughs, berries -- anything you like to make it even more personal.

Read on for project instructions to create a Crafty Christmas Wall Hanging!


Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging


Supplies Needed:


**Large stick for hanger (fixative sealant for sealing wood --  optional)

**Small pieces of denim, twill, or canvas (for front and back pieces)

**Double-sided stiff fusible interfacing

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer


**Air-erase pen

**Fabric glue

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6" diameter object like a plastic lid (for circle panels)

Supplies Continued: 

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1/4" grommets and grommet tool

**Craft knife and cutting pad

**Beaded cord (for hanging embroidered pieces and ornaments)

**Yarn (optional -- for decorative border)

**Decorative faux pine boughs, berries, pine cones, hot glue, and hot glue gun (optional)

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Decorative items like small ornaments and jingle bells

**Needle and thread for some hand sewing 



Special Project Notes:

I used the 5" x 7" size of the Blessed with the Spirit of Christmas design, the small size of Peace on Earth, and designs from the small size of the Christmas in Toile Design Pack. You could create fun themes for your wall hanging, with Santa's Holiday Hobbies or Blue Christmas designs. If you want to hang it in the kitchen, designs from the Christmas is Sweet or Cup of Christmas Cheer design packs would be tasty!

Finished size:

24" wide by 26" high. You can make your wall hanging any size you like!


Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging


We'll begin by making a circle panel. With an air-erase pen, trace a 6" diameter object onto the fabric. Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. Paper templates help in design placement. If you are new to working with templates, see these handy instructions.

Place the template inside the shape, making sure the design fits well within the shape. There should be at least 1/2" of space in between the outer edges of the design and the outer edges of the shape. Poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric. Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.
 


Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging


Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks. To get ready to embroider the design, spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric. Attach the hoop to the machine, load the design, move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric, and embroider the design.
 



Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging

 


When the design has finished, cut out the shape (leave the stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery). Then, to prepare the back fabric, lay the embroidered piece on top of the fabric, right sides together, pin in place, and cut around the shape. Sew a 1/4" seam around the shape leaving about 1 1/2" open for turning. Clip the seam allowance about every 1/4" all around the shape then turn the fabric right side out. Press the seams with an iron.
 



Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging
 


Next, lay the fabric on top of the fusible interfacing and trace the shape. Cut out the shape from the interfacing, cutting inside the traced line about 1/4 (the interfacing needs to be at bit smaller than the fabric piece).

Roll up the interfacing and insert it inside the fabric. Lay it flat inside the fabric, then fold the fabric of the opening in 1/4" and press. Then, press the fabric to activate the fusible interfacing. Next, top stitch a 1/8" seam around the entire outer edge of the fabric. Repeat this process for each circle panel!
 



Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging
 


Now we'll create a square panel with a border. Prepare the embroidered panel by cutting a piece of fabric a bit larger than your hoop. Hoop the fabric with stabilizer as you did earlier. Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Embroider the design. Measure and make a couple of marks about 1 1/4" out from the outer edges of the design. Draw lines connecting the marks and cut out the shape (leaving the stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery). 


Next, measure the width and height of the embroidered panel and add 2" to each dimension. Use these dimensions to cut a piece of the border fabric. Align the embroidered panel on top of the border fabric, right side facing up, with 1" of the border fabric extending out past the outer edges of the embroidered panel. Pin in place.  
 



Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging
 

Next, you can add yarn around the outer edge of the embroidered panel to give it some added texture and interest. Simply place the yarn on one of the corners. Then, zigzag stitch over the yarn all around the shape. This tacks the yarn in place and attaches the embroidered panel to the border fabric. 



Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging
 


Add the back piece as you did earlier: lay the embroidered piece on top of the fabric, right sides together, pin in place, cut around the shape, and then sew a 1/4" around the shape, leaving the top edge open for turning.  Turn the fabric right side out, press the seams, and then turn the fabric of the opening in 1/4" and press.

Cut a piece of interfacing a bit smaller than the fabric and insert it inside. Press the fabric and then top stitch a 1/8" seam around the entire outer edge of the shape. I created a square panel with a border and one without a border.
 



Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging
 

Now that all the panels are complete, it is time to assemble the wall hanging! Arrange the panels under the stick how you want them. If there are panels above and below each other, butt the panels up against one another. Then, using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, make marks about 1/2" from the outer edges of each panel (I marked the upper corners of the square which will hang directly under the stick).



Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging
 

Add a grommet at each mark by first cutting a small "x" using a craft knife and cutting pad.  Then, add a grommet.



Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging
 


To add the panels to the stick hanger, wrap the beaded trim around the stick and glue the ends in place with fabric glue (I glued the ends onto the trim itself).  Arrange the top panel under the stick, loop the trim through the grommet, and glue it in place. Repeat this for the other side of the panel. Be sure to keep the top edge of the panel straight under the stick so it will hang properly. Then, arrange the next panel under the top panel, add the trim, and glue in place. Repeat this process for all of the panels.

A note about the stick hanger I used: I started with a clean, dry stick. Then I applied a couple of coats of spray fixative to seal it. This helps prevent the bark from flaking off, and gives the wood a nice sheen. Fixative can be found at art supply and craft stores.



Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging
 

Now it's time to put the "crafty" into your Christmas wall hanging! You can add decorative items like faux pine boughs, berries, flowers, ornaments -- whatever you like! Add drops of hot glue along the stick, and press the items in place. Also, using needle and thread, sew items like ornaments in place along the bottom edges of the panels.



Free project instructions to make a crafty Christmas embroidered wall hanging
 

A wall hanging like this is so customizable! Let your imagination go to create one that showcases your favorite holiday stitching with your unique mix of embellishments. It will be truly one-of-a-kind!

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