A step-by-step following a request by restingwhippet . . . I hope it might be useful to a few other people too. A “how to” make a wall-hanging, which I always find is a nifty way to finish off some of those small cross stitch projects we finish and stuff in a drawer.
I give no specific measurements, and I have assumed you have some basic knowledge of sewing. Measurements will depend on the size of your project. You’ll need a couple of fabrics that blend or contrast nicely with your cross stitch, some wadding/batting, cutting tools, sewing maching, sewing threads , some kind of wooden rod (I’ve used a Chinese chopstitck) and your faithful iron.
The first most important thing (and this is going to sound silly, but it isn’t) is to wash & iron your cross stitch piece to get rid of all creases, then slice it to size. I leave a 3/4” border so that when sewn, my central panel with have a 1/2” border (it hasn’t been cut down to size in the first photo). Then I always take time to place on possible fabrics and stand back, because you want to set off the cross stitch, without it being over-powered by the fabric.
I was originally going to use the dark turquoise (lower left) as my main fabric, but it seemed to dominate too much
So, as you’ll see, I went with a lighter one.
First step is to cut two bands for the sides. Mine are 3” wide because my central panel is only about 6” square. Lining up edges, right sides together, you sew a seam using a 1/4” foot (if you have one).
I forgot to take a photo of next stage (oops) but . . . you press out both sides then cut 2 bands as long as your new width for top & bottom. Again, you line up edges, right sides together and sew using a 1/4” seam. Then press.
Here’s mine, so far, just lying on fabrics ready to choose binding & backing fabric. You’ll notice I have used a 3” band on the top, but a lot wider on the bottom. The width of your fabric bands depends entirely on what you want, and also on how much fabric you have. I was using a long quarter and needed to keep my pattern going the same way, so I cut 3” for the top and added 7” to the bottom.
I chose the solid turquoise for my backing fabric. So next stage is to cut a piece of backing fabric & wadding the same size as the front panel. Make a sandwich: front panel (right side up), wadding, backing fabric (right side down). Pin your sandwich if you need to, to keep layers from slipping, and back to the sewing machine.
I use my walking foot and sew a border, about 1/4” inside, onto my cross stitch fabric. Cross stitch fabric is usually heavier and more rigid than patchwork cotton, so this just keeps the central square nice and flat before the quilting part. You can miss out the quilting part, if your wall-hanging is only small, but it does give it a more “finished” look. Still with walking foot, therefore, some simple quilting (but avoiding the cross stitched piece).
And then you square up your piece. You can keep your top with 90° corners, like this, or you can decide to alter the shape slightly. I decided to slice off bottom corners for a pointy finish.
And kept one of the triangles, sliced in half again for the back. Now it’s time for binding. I always make my own, but you can use shop bought binding. For my binding, I cut a long band 2 and 1/4” wide, (length needed is going to depend on the size of your quilted piece) and pressed in half to have a length 1 and 1/8” wide. I added a short strip of this binding along the long side of both triangles. Then pinned into place.
Then, turning my hanging over, I sew the binding (raw edges lined up with raw edges) onto the front of my piece, taking care to fold and turn at each angle. I go back to my 1/4” foot for this but some people prefer to use the walking foot or the normal sewing foot.
Front & back views after machine sewing the binding. And then it’s time for some hand-sewing, folding the binding towards the back.
The advantage of these little pockets on the back . . . it makes for an easy hanging system. I have slid a wooden chop stick into place. It will stop the hanging from drooping in the centre.
You can then add a little loop of ribbon, to hang. And, if you want to add a tassle for embellishment . . .