Fabric provides an inexpensive alternative to traditional wall decor. You can easily transform scraps of contemporary fabric, printed with bold graphics and designer colours, into a wall hanging that will showcase your room. Choose fabrics that will complement your colour scheme and patterns that will coordinate with your furnishings. With a little creativity, you will be able produce an impressive fabric wall hanging.
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Display a piece of bold fabric on your wall for an easy and inexpensive accent to your decor. Determine the size of your finished project. Purchase a stretched canvas of that size at your local craft store. Cut your fabric panel so that you have a 2 inch margin of extra fabric on all four sides. Lay the fabric face down on your flat work surface. Center your stretched canvas and place it face down on your fabric. Pull the edges of the fabric to the back of the wood stretcher strips and staple it. Space your staples about 2 inches apart. It does not matter how you pull your corners as long as they looks smooth from the front.
No-sew appliques are a decorative way to make a wall hanging. Draw or choose the design you want to make. Colouring books are a good source with their simple shapes. Trace your shapes onto fusible webbing and cut them out. Use your hot iron to fuse the webbing to the wrong side of your fabric. Cut the fused shape from your fabric and remove the paper from the back of the webbing. Position it on the right side of your background fabric. Fuse the fabrics together with a hot iron. Continue with this process until your design is completed. Glue ribbon loops to the top of your panel for hanging.
Inexpensive wooden embroidery hoops are available at your local craft store and can be used to create simple wall hangings. Cut a square of fabric to measure a couple of inches larger than your hoop. Center the fabric, right side up, over the top of the smaller hoop. Slip your larger hoop over it and tighten the little screw at the top to secure you fabric. Trim the excess fabric on the back of your hoops so it is not visible from the front. Make a grouping of different sized hoops using a variety of coordinating fabrics.
Framed wall Hanging
This project makes use of your fabric scraps. First cut a piece of mat board to the desired size and spray it with craft adhesive. Cut strips of coordinating and contrasting fabrics that vary in width and are long enough to stretch side-to-side on your board. Arrange your strips until the board is completely and attractively covered. Experiment with different angles and placement of colours. For texture, fray some edges. Glue decorative ribbons over other edges. Embellish your fabric panel with vintage buttons or lace. Place your finished project in a simple metal frame to display it on your wall.
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