Christine Leech’s Alphabet Wall Hanging
It seems the whole world has gone baby crazy this week!
Here, we’re celebrating the arrival of our friends little daughter, Arliyah, but I guess you folks might have a more Royal related baby fever!
Seem like we’re all looking for a cute project to create to gift to a new arrival – then look no further – this is just the project that will have new parents cooing with delight!
The letter designs for this sampler are so versatile. If you don’t want to make the complete wall hanging, choose some letters and embroider them wherever you like – as monograms on clothes or bags, or as cute slogans on cushions and book covers. In fact, this is one of the best stitched Alphabet designs I’ve ever seen, I know you’re be totally blown away by it!
Grab your supplies…
For the embroidery
DMC stranded cotton embroidery thread (see colour guide)
Small embroidery hoop (approx. 10cm in diameter)
For the wall hanging
28 squares of linen in various colours, 15 x 15cm
1m x 60cm linen or cotton for backing
5 rectangles of linen for tabs, 6 x 10cm
Matching sewing thread
9 pompoms, 5cm in diameter
60cm ribbon or cord for hanging
60cm length of dowel, 1.5cm in diameter
Spray paint or acrylic paint
To embroider the design
Transfer the letters and illustrations the template to your fabric squares, positioning them centrally. Place in the embroidery hoop and embroider as per the stitch guides, using two plies of floss. When complete, remove visible transfer marks and press.
To make the wall hanging
On the reverse of each square, draw a seam line 1cm in from the edge on all four sides, using a water-soluble pen. Place the letter B face up on a table. Place letter A on top of B face down (so the neat sides of the embroideries are touching and making sure they are both pointing in the same direction). Pin along the drawn seam line and machine stitch together, following the drawn line. Open up and press flat.
Repeat with letters C and D, placing D on the table and C on top, face down. Pin and sew along the left-hand side. Open up and press flat.
Repeat with the six other rows, checking that they all face in the right direction.
When you have seven rows each of four squares, place the ABCD row on the table face up and place the EFGH rectangle on top, face down but rotated 180 degrees. (You want to sew the bottom of the ABCD row to the top of the EFGH row.) Pin together and machine stitch along the bottom edge.
Repeat with the rest of the rows. Again, make sure that they all face in the right direction. Press well.
Make the hanging tabs by folding each 6 x 10 cm rectangle in half lengthways, right sides facing, and sew down the long raw edges. Turn each right side out and press so the seam is in the middle of the tube. Fold in half widthways to make a loop and pin to the right side of the sampler with the majority of the tab laying on the embroidered letters and the folded edge facing towards the base of the hanging. Pin one tab at each end, one in the middle and the remaining two evenly spaced between them.
Place the backing fabric on top of the letters and tabs, right sides facing, and pin all around. Machine stitch 1cm in from the edge (make sure you sew far enough in to catch all the edges of the squares). Leave a turning hole along the bottom edge
Trim away any excess fabric cutting the corners on the diagonal to make the hanging less bulky at the corners, remove the pins and turn right side out. The tabs should pop out along the top. Hand stitch the turning hole closed and press well.
Hand stitch the row of pompoms to the bottom of the hanging.
To hang the hanging
Paint the dowel with spray or acrylic paint and allow to dry thoroughly. Drill a hole vertically through the dowel 2cm in from each end. Thread one end of the ribbon through one hole and tie a knot. Thread the dowel through the tabs, then thread the other end of the ribbon through the other hole and tie a knot to secure. Your embroidery is now ready to hang.
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This scrummy embroidery project is from Christine Leech’s book, Little Sew & Sew, published by Quadrille (£12.99) Photos © KEIKO OIKAWA
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