7/30/17

DIY Embroidered Wall Art


We just made a big move from Boulder, Colorado to the Atlanta area. It has been a fun process seeing our new house become "home."  As with any move, it can be a bit of adjustment and I'm doing my best to make the transition easy for my little ones.  One thing I wanted to do was incorporate my embroidery into wall art for each of my sons' rooms.  A little custom gift made from mom celebrating their new space. I also couldn't help jazz up my own studio space as well.  Below I share how simple it can be to make your own wall art using machine or free motion embroidery.




Supplies:






DIY instructions:

 Begin by cutting samples of medium weight cotton fabric that measure 2" over the hoop size you plan to use for the art. I stabilized the fabric with Sulky's Sticky + Stabilizer.  I wanted the designs to pop and have a smooth, shiny finish so I went with Sulky's 40 Wt. Rayon thread.  The embroidery was done using my Brother SE1800 Sewing and Embroidery machine.  The designs were from OESD (see above for each individual collection).

I embroidered a handful of designs to use for each room. 
Remove the tear away stabilizer, press, and then hoop with your wooden hoop. Cut away the excess fabric around the hoop. I like to keep 1" of fabric to fold over and hot glue along the interior of the wooden hoop.
For the Bison Skull my son wanted a hanging tapestry instead of hoop art.  So I folded the top over about 1.5" and edge stitched along the raw edge to create a casing for the rod.
Then I placed the wood rod through and knotted some cording to hang around the edges.

You don't have to have a fancy embroidery machine to achieve this. You can use hand embroidery or free motion like I did for this Coco Chanel Design.

These all came together nicely and I loved the big smiles on their faces when I gave them the finished projects.  Now they want lizards, snakes, and other animals to cover their rooms...Even for Louis I embroidered his name on a diaper basket. There are so many things you can come up with and I'm inspired to do more. Although, for now this will do as I don't want a million nails on my walls.

*In collaboration with Sulky

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