Fabric Fringe Wallhanging
We've all seen beautiful macrame and fringy wall art pieces in stores and on Pinterest and wished we could afford or make something like that. Well, now you can!
Fabric Fringe Wallhanging Tutorial
This is a great beginner project or one to involve your kids in for a summer craft. They'll love being able to customize the look for their room!
This tutorial is based on a wallhanging that measures appoximately 36'' x 36''. See below for customizing the size of the strips. Read through all instructions before beginning.
Here's what you'll need:
- One 3/4'' x 36'' stick or dowel rod
- Spray paint (optional)
- 2-3/4 - 3 yards total assorted cotton fabric
- Dritz Twist Cord
The fabrics used in my Fabric Fringe Wallhanging are from my new Signature fabrics collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. Because I wanted this wallhanging to have a more sophisticated look I spray painted my stick gold and finished all the edges of my strips so no raw edges showed.
I don't normally have wall decor like this in my house because as someone with allergies it's a dust catcher in my mind but...because all the edges on the strips are finished this hanging could be easily disassembled and laundered!
For a wallhanging the size of this sample: Cut appoximately (24) 4'' x 42'' strips. I varied the length of my strips from around 21'' long down to 6'' long. You'll need about 975'' total length of 4'' wide strips.
Place ends of strips right sides tougher at a 90° angle and stitch on the diagonal as shown above. Keep adding varied lengths strips in the same manner to make one long strip that measures approximately 975''. Trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press seams open.
Cut Fringe Length
The stick I used is about 36'' long so that's the length my center fringe will hang down. Because we use a double length to loop the fringe over the stick, all measurements will be doubled plus an additional inch for hemming.
Cut the following from the long strip.
- (3) 73'' long strips
- (4) 67'' long strips
- (4) 61'' long strips
- (4) 55'' long strips
NOTE: If customizing your wall hanging use the following formula to determine the cutting length for fringe.
Customize your Fabric Fringe Wallhanging to any size stick or dowel rod by using the length of the stick (or rod) as the length of the longest fringe strips in the center of the wallhanging. Each subsequent step of the strips that create the "V" shape of the wallhanging are made in 6'' step-up increments. Note: If using a very skinny stick or rod the width of the starting strip should be narrowed to keep the fringe scale in proportion to the stick.
- Length of stick times 2 = Center fringe length
- Center fringe length plus 1'' (for hemming) = Center fringe cut length
- Center fringe cut length minus 6'' then add 1'' (for hemming) = First step fringe cut length
- First step fringe cut length minus 6'' then add 1'' (for hemming) = Second step fringe cut length
- And so on for as many steps you want to add
Once all lengths have been cut from the long strip it's time to finish the raw edges of the fringe.
Fold a fringe strip lengthwise in half with wrong sides together and press.
Open the fold then press a short end over 1/2'' to the wrong side. Repeat for the other short end.
Press the long raw edges in toward the center fold. Refold on the center crease, encasing the raw edges.
Sew around all four sides of the fringe close to the edge.
In the same manner, finish the remaining fringe strips.
Starting from the center with the longest fringe, fold a fringe strip in half to form a loop.
Place the loop behind the stick and bring the ends of the fringe over the stick and through the loop.
Pull the ends through the loop to tighten fabric to the stick. Fluff and adjust the strip as needed to lay flat. Continue adding additional strips to either side of center working from the longest to shortest strips to create a "V" shaped wallhanging.
Use Dritz cording in desired color to hang your creation. Simple loop and knot can be adjusted as needed for handling and easily removed. The length of cord hangin below the stick can be a design feature. Knot the ends of the cord to keep from unraveling.
I had extra cording so I added two fringes of cording in the center of the wallhanging.
Be as creative as you want and add other embellishments like yarn, feathers, leather strips, or ribbon to make your own decorator statement!