Sewing patterns for baby don’t come cuter than this beautiful nursery wall art from Freehand Machine Embroidery, by Poppy Treffry. This project would look great on any nursery wall and is extremely versatile, suiting either a boy or girl’s bedroom.
You Will Need…
- 1 piece of medium-weight base fabric, 40 x 50cm (15¾ x 20in)
(you could scale this up or down to fit a specific frame if you have one already)
- 9 pieces of lightweight fabric: 17 x 14cm (6½ x 5½in)
- Fabrics for the appliqué
- 20cm (8in) embroidery hoop
- A frame, mount and strong fabric tape/gaffer tape
(or take it to be framed once it’s done!)
- Cut out your appliqué pieces using the templates. Spend a little time laying out your squares and appliqué bits to make sure you’re happy with the colour combinations.
- Once you have your squares how you want them, place your appliqué pieces to one side and gather up one row of squares at a time. Stitch the squares together down the longest side with a 1cm (⅜in) seam allowance. Press on the reverse, opening up the seams and pressing flat.
- Sew the three rows together, again with a 1cm (⅜in) seam allowance and making sure the seams line up as best as they can – though a little quirky wonkiness is always fine! Press your seams flat.
- Working on the reverse, fold in the side edges by 1cm (⅜in). Press the folds and trim the corners then fold in the top and bottom edges by 1cm (⅜in) and press.
- Sew your squares onto your base fabric using a contrasting thread and stitching around 3mm (⅛in) from the edge. This stitching will form a border around your wall art.
- Hoop up with the 20cm (8in) hoop and stitch your motifs on one by one, always making sure you are choosing your thread colour so that it really contrasts with your appliqué fabric and your stitching stands out.
- Press the whole piece on the reverse and place onto your backing board (if you are framing it yourself). Stick down with strong fabric tape (such as gaffer tape) making sure the tape won’t show under your mount. Place your board and mount inside your frame. Now find a big strong man to put a nail in the wall so you can hang it up!