Fabric Fringe Wallhanging

Fabric Fringe Wallhanging

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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! 

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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
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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!

Assembly

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Be as creative as you want and add other embellishments like yarn, feathers, leather strips, or ribbon to make your own decorator statement!

Improv Boho Pillow

Improv Boho Pillow

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To continuing my marathon series of home decor pillows sewn with my Signature fabrics for Art Gallery Fabrics, today I'm posting about an improv patchwork pillow.

I wanted a long, bolster-type pillow for my Soho-style bedroom photo shoot and had a 14'' x 28'' pillow form that would be just perfect. 

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I used prints from my Signature Foliar color way and first made the four 3-1/2'' x 6-1/2'' Flying Geese units from:

  • One 7-1/2" square Venture Forward
  • Four 4-1/8" squares Tender Arrangement

See my No-Waste Flying Geese tutorial here.

The Flying Geese units didn't quite make the 14-1/2'' width I was needing for my pillow so I added two 1-1/2'' x 6-1/2'' strips of Art Gallery Fabrics PE-411 Pink Quartz Pure Elements solids to get it up to size. 

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Improvising as I went, I made two 3'' x 14-1/2'' strips of vintage trim embellished Pink Quartz and cut the following of Untamed Beauty Daybreak: two 6-1/2'' x 14-1/2'' strips and two 3'' x 14-1/2'' strips. When assembling the sections I added in the vintage copper colored piping for a little bling. 

Once the pillow front was pieced I basted reclaimed vintage pompoms to the raw edge before assembling the pillow. 

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Since this pillow front only had enough seam allowance for a 1/4'' seam allowance I decided to finish the back with an envelope pillow backing. There's a terrific tutorial over at the Sew Mama Sew blog and she even has the cut sizes for the different sizes of pillows in a handy-dandy chart!

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After my pillow was all sewn I thought it needed just one more fun element and hand sewed a giant pompom to the center of the pillow (before inserting the pillow form). 

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Next, and final installment in this pillow series I'll be sharing how to make a Yo-yo pillow. If you've missed the first two pillow tutorials, take a look at my Chenille Pillow with Hidden Zipper and the Ruching Rose posts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signature Bucket Bag

Signature Bucket Bag

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This month my sixth fabric collection, Signature for Art Gallery Fabrics hits the shops. I couldn't be more excited to share this collection with you in the form of new, free projects!

As the industry gathers in Portland, Oregon this weekend for the Spring Quilt Market, I'm staying home and opted out of displaying my new collection at the show. My decision not to go stemmed from several reasons. One, my second grandchild arrived in April and I took a break from work to go lend a hand. That put me way behind in my normal market prep sewing but I wouldn't have missed being present for the birth for the world! 

Two, I decided, in advance that if I stayed home I would finally remodel my sewing/guest room in my house and turn it into a proper studio space so I could stage different photography scenes for my projects. I was actually able to remodel my room and buy some new props for less than it would have cost me to go to the show and now I can bring you more and better displays here from home. 

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This is just a tiny peek into the first of several Signature Looks. Over the next few weeks I will be posting new, free projects and a closer look into each set up. As always, be sure to watch my feed and Stories on Instagram for even more, day-to-day posts.

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You first saw my Kantha-Style Bucket Bag when I took part in Jessica Swifts Tallinn blog tour last month. I just didn't have the time then to write up the pattern for it then, and thank you for being patient till I could get it prepared. 

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There were so many asking for this pattern after I posted about it I decided to remake it in my new Signature fabrics, get the pattern written, and include it in the Signature LookBook coming out next month. 

You'll find the free PDF download for my Bucket Bag on the Free Patterns page of this blog. 

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Bag details include hand-quilted stitching with Aurifloss embroidery thread on the exterior of the bag, eight roomy interior pockets, and fun embellishments like Extra-Large Eyelets and Swivel Hook, and Tassel Cap from Dritz

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For the interior of the bag I used Art Gallery Fabrics Smooth Denim (DEN-S-2007) in Nectarine Sunrise and Lateral Bud Profusion (SGN-68710) for the pockets. 

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For the exterior of my bag I use (from the opening to bottom) Extempore Fancy (SGN-58700), Traveler Raindrops (SGN-58705), Lateral Bud Profusion (SGN-68710), and Small World Sprightly (SGN-68713).

For a quick tutorial on how to make a tassel using the Dritz Tassel Cap kit, take a look back at the Tallinn blog tour post.

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There are 20 prints in the Signature collection and comes in two color ways. Between the two color ways there are 14 different prints because in some cases the print only has one coloring. That's what makes this collection so deep and interesting. I'm still making discoveries as I sew! Above is the Foliar color way and below is the Atmospheric color way.

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Shops are just getting their stock of Signature in and I've begun adding a few online shop listings to my Fabrics page. Some have already sold out in the first week so keep checking back as they restock and more shops list their new inventory.