I’ve been quite busy over the winter months, especially before Christmas. So I have a backlog of stuff I need to post. Most of the things you need for this are tools most people and almost definitely frequent crafters’ will have already.
The wall hanging is made from 2 x A4 chipboard (cardboard), cotton fabric, acrylic yarn and felt. Held together with fabric glue I used PVA glue as it does a good job, also I used some cotton embroidery thread. You’ll also need scissors, a hole punch suitable for heavy card and hammer, pencil, embroidery needle or a large sewing needle, iron, and last but definitely not least a decent craft knife/Stanley blade.
Made for my niece as a Christmas present. I wanted to include her name, Summah. The name is cut out using acrylic felt because it was what I had in my stash. But you could use any you have.
Draw out yourself a cloud design. To make it as even as mine you can cheat like I did and draw around something =] .
I used a plate and something else small I can’t remember, maybe a cookie cutter to draw the rainbow. You could just use a rectangle though instead of a rainbow shape. Cut both out with a blade.
At this point make sure you mark evenly according to the weight balance of your shapes the wholes and don’t punch them too close to the edge as it will not work very well. Important – Keep the bits you punch out. You’ll need them afterwards!
At this point you’re ready to get your freshly ironed fabrics and place any motifs or patterns straight. You’ll want to leave a 2cm overlap running around the edge. Spread a thin layer of glue on the card only. You don’t want the glue to ooze through the fabric, you just want it to be tacky. Use a spare piece of card to spread it over evenly making sure you have no globs. Do this for all the chipboard shapes. Let it dry for a few minutes. Turn over and glue the overlap to the back, don’t worry if it looks messy at this point, as long as it looks good from the front. The best thing to do is to snip curved edges to make them look smoother. Work your way around the edge until it’s stuck and let it dry for all pieces.
Once dry you can now cut X’s into the fabric where your holes are supposed to be with a Stanley knife. Don’t attempt this until it’s properly dry. From the reverse. Place a small bit of glue on the fabric covering the hole at the back and using the punched pieces you saved earlier, push them front to back so it rests inside. Lay the fabric flat to the board with glue. This may not be much but it gives you a clean look on the other side later. Do this to all the holes. When all holes are dry push out the card (front to back).
While waiting for glue to dry you can prepare the covering felt for the back. Cut out exactly the same shapes but slightly smaller like the picture shows. Place over the chipboard and mark with a pencil where you need to punch holes, remove and punch all the holes.
To prepare yarn, I plaited even lengths of yarn so they would balance out across the bottom. Remember to leave enough yarn where you are attaching to the board, so you can knot in place. You will need shot plaits for joining the boards and a hanger at the top.
Once all this is done, your boards should be dry enough to pop out the carded holes and glue on the felt backing. Spread the glue over card and smooth the felt over. Attach plaits after felt is dry.
Draw letters the name of the child and cut them out in felt, not too thinly as felt will tear and warp if handled a lot as small pieces. Make sure they will all fit onto the board and glue onto the felt and stick down.
While waiting for the drying again, you can get on with making the little rain drops, or whatever motif you have chosen instead. Cut them all evenly as you want the weight of them to be spread so it hangs straight. Place on at the front and one at the back of the plait, measuring evenly for all of them. Using the embroidery thread, embroider a back-stitch all around the edge as neatly as possible with a contrasting thread colour depending on the look you want.
This should give a finished piece that looks gorgeous on a nursery wall. Changing the theme it can be for a good range of ages. You can always start off small by making a hanger for the door handle.
Any questions please post them. Or if I’m not clear on something please let me know so I can correct it! Happy crafting =D