Make a colorful felt wall hanging to match the decor in your room and add some country flair. Felt wall hangings are an alternative to regular pieces of wall art. Decide what kind of design the hanging has on it, which colors to use, and how big the hanging will be. Use a certain technique to make the felt hanging thicker and more sturdy so that it will last. Find the supplies you need at your local craft supply store.
Items you will need
- Sewing chalk
- Craft foam stuffing
- Fabric glue
- Wooden rod
Draw a rough sketch to plan out how you want your felt hanging to look. Take note of what colors you want to use for each shape that will make up the image and how big the base felt will be, as well as the dimensions for each shape. For example, if you are making a felt hanging of a bouquet of flowers, draw each flower where it would appear on the base piece of felt, and mark the color and the dimensions for each.
Measure and cut the base piece of felt -- these are the front and back panels. Trace the outline of each shape with sewing chalk on the pieces of felt in the assigned colors for the design. Use a ruler to measure the size of each shape as you trace it. Cut out the shapes with scissors.
Measure and cut a piece of 1/4-inch-thick craft foam that is 1/4 inch smaller than the base pieces of felt all the way around. Spread a thin layer of fabric glue on one side of the craft foam and center it on one of the two base pieces. Spread another thin layer of glue on the other side of the felt and apply the other side of the base felt. Wait three hours for the glue to dry.
Thread a large sewing needle with a color of thread that matches the color of the base pieces of felt. Sew around the edges of the base to connect the sides, about 1/4 inch from the edges. This creates a neat edge around the base.
Measure and cut two 1 1/2-inch-wide by 3-inch-long strips of felt and bring the short sides together to create a loop. Sew the felt loops to either end of the top edge of the base.
Spread a thin layer of fabric glue on the backs of the shapes and press them to the base in the positions to make up the design. Wait three hours and stitch around the edges of each shape with thread that matches the color of the shapes. The fabric glue keeps the shapes flat and in place while you sew, and the stitches make the edges of the shapes look neat.
Feed a wooden rod through the two loops on the top and tie a string to either end of the rod. Hang the felt hanging from the string.
Tips & Warnings
- Be sure to only sew the shapes to the front panel -- do not go all the way through to the back panel.
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