How To Make A Wall Decoration Out Of Cherished Fabrics
- Do you have a fabric collection? Is it getting out of hand? Mine too! Believe me this box and basket are just the tip of the ice-berg.
I love fabric, what’s not to love? I love the colour, the texture, even the weight and sound of different fabrics as they move around. I am a great collector of fabrics; salvaging scraps from ruined items of clothings, believing I will one day find a use for them. I am particularly attached to some of the fabric I have taken from the dresses Beth used to wear when she was little ?
I saved one or two items but gave the rest away so that other little girls could enjoy them. Where possible I have cut fabric from garments with stains, plucks, tears etc. But what to do with them? How about this?
What do you think? There are two pieces of Liberty fabrics I had left after other projects, a couple of pieces of Cath Kidston The large white one is an undamaged section of a beautiful dress that Beth once spent the afternoon destroying on the park a few years ago. Here’s a photo of her wearing it….aswell as a fair amount of my make up it would seem!!
The piece below is a piece of a shirt I wore whilst I was pregnant. Post pregnancy, it was obviously too big for me to wear but I still adored the fabric. I’m so glad it will still be seen.
I have a larger hoop which I plan on using for Cross stitch, though I can’t decide whether ‘Home Sweet Home’ or ‘Welcome’ would be the best sentiment to go with this collection. I plan on making more! Lots more, all different sizes. Why not give it a try?
You will need:
Various sized pieces of fabric
Various sized Wooden Embroidery Hoops (I used 4″ 6″ 8″ 10″ here and the cross stitch will be 12″)
- When creating a collection of items, odd numbers work much better than even; 3s, 5s, 7s etc, bear this in mind when deciding how many hoops to buy.
- Dive into your collection of Fabrics and select as many pieces as you need.
- Lay them next to each other to ensure that the colours compliment each other.
- It is best to use a mixture of patterns; different sizes, styles etc and alternate them. eg. smallest ring has a small pattern, the 2nd smallest has a large print, 3rd as a small pattern and so on….
- Iron all of your fabrics.
- Unscrew your hoop and lay your fabric over the inner ring. Move it around a little until you find the section of the pattern you wish to frame.
- Place the outer ring on top ensuring that the screws on each ring face the same way.
- Push into place.
- Pull the fabric taught and tighten the screw, repeatedly checking that the fabric is pulled very tight.
- Once you are sure that the fabric is secure, trim the excess fabric with pinking sheers.
I’m sure you will agree the effect is beautiful. I can’t wait to show it to you when it is hung in our new house (yes that right – new house!). For now, I’ll get started on that cross stitch.
This is another one of Beth’s which she feels is ‘artistic’ 🙂 See how much neater the overall look is if you fix the hoops with all the screws facing the same way?
I hope you’ll have a go and let me know how yours turn out.