For budget conscious decorators and craft enthusiasts alike, tapestries are an affordable, creative and effective way to fill a lot of wall space at once. Whether a tapestry is tie dyed, hand painted or has quilted elements, it is essential to hem the edges to create a finished look and to prevent fraying. Go that extra step and add a large hem at the top for inserting a hanging dowel.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Sewing machine
- Nylon thread
- Dowel hanging rod
- Ruler or tape measure
Place your tapestry right-side down.
Start with one of the sides. Fold the edge over twice to create a 1/2-inch hem.
Pin the hem together.
Iron the hem to create a straight crease at the edge.
Sew the hem. Place the fabric right side down in a sewing machine. Run the hem through the sewing machine creating a straight stitch. For light fabrics such as satin or chiffon, use a light nylon thread. For weightier fabrics such as cotton or linen, use a regular nylon thread. Run the stitch right down the centre of the hem. Optionally, some sewing machines have settings and footers to create what is known as a blind stitch. Blind stitches are run along the inside fold of the hem and create a nearly invisible stitch.
Repeat this step to create hems on the other side and bottom of the tapestry.
Measure the hem width needed to accommodate a dowel rod hanger. Set the dowel rod along the top edge of the tapestry. Fold the edge around the dowel until it meets the fabric. Make a mark with a marker and use a ruler or tape to measure the distance. Add another 1/2-inch to create some breathing room within the hem.
Fold the edge over twice using your measurement.
Run the hem through the sewing machine creating a straight stitch. Run the stitch 1/4-inch in from the inside fold of the hem.
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