Try this fun, crazypatch wall hanging for a little bit of love. Add it to your Valentine’s Day decorations and enjoy making it, too.
What you need:
for the outer border 1/8 yard
for inner border 3/8 yard
for backing and background Assorted scraps or fat quarters of
Tear-away stabilizer Assorted rayon threads (e.g. Sulky® or Robison Anton) 13” square of cotton
Click here for the free PDF pattern!
Two 2”-wide strips x width of fabric for outer border; one 1 3/8”-wide strip x width of fabric for inner border; one 8” square of background fabric; and one 12” square for the backing.
1. Print the heart pattern off on your computer printer. Trace the pattern on an 8” square of tear-away stabilizer. 2. Cut a 5-sided piece to begin the crazy-patch design. Pin the scrap to the tear-away stabilizer slightly off-center. (NOTE: The scrap should have an odd number of sides, three or five, to give the design the most random appearance.) 3. With right sides together, place another scrap of fabric on top of the first piece matching one edge. Stitch through all the layers using a 1/4” seam allowance. Open out the pieces and press flat. Trim away any excess seam allowance from the ends. 4. Continue adding other random-shaped pieces and stitching until the entire drawn pattern is covered. 5. From the wrong side of the newly created fabric, straight stitch around the design. Cut out the design just outside the stitching line. Spray the wrong side of the cut out design with the temporary adhesive. 6. Fold the 8” square of background fabric in quarters to find the center. Adhere the design to the middle of the square. 7. Appliqué the design in place using a satin stitch or buttonhole stitch found on your machine. 8. Center the appliquéd design square on the 13” square of cotton batting. Pin to hold in place. 9. Using a variety of decorative stitches and rayon threads, sew through all the layers along each seam of the pieced design, centering the stitch on top of the seam or on either side. Experiment with a variety of stitches altering the stitch length and width to fit the overall size of the design.
For an additional quilting effect, outline the design with echo quilting, stitching through all the layers. 10. Press the inner border strip in half, wrong sides together. Using a 1/4” seam, stitch the strip to the top and bottom of the background square matching the edges of the fabric. Then stitch the strip to each side. 11. Attach the outer border by stitching the top and bottom strips first and then add the side strips. Neatly trim any excess batting from the outer edges. 12. To make tabs for hanging, cut an 8” strip from the 2” wide strip. With right sides together, seam the long edge using a 1/4” seam. Turn to the right side, press and cut the strip in half. 13. Fold each 4” strip in half and pin to the right side along the top edge, 1 1/2” from each side edge. 14. Trim the batting from the corners. With right sides together, pin the backing fabric to the front design. Stitch all the layers together leaving a 4” opening on one side for turning. 15. Trim the corners and turn right side out. Finger press or press lightly with a iron along the edges. 16. Whipstitch the opening closed. Slip a dowel through the tabs and hang.