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Create this bright Sunflower Wall Hanging as a cheery addition to your summer décor. Not only is the center panel colored with crayons, but it’s also tea dyed. Just follow the steps in our “How to Tea Dye Fabric” tutorial to learn this simple technique.
- Cotton fabrics, 45” wide: muslin, 1⁄4 yd.; blue print, 1⁄8 yd.; flower, 1⁄4 yd.; fabric of choice for backing, 1⁄3 yd.
- Low-loft batting, 12”x16”
- White quilting thread
- White flat-backed buttons, 3⁄8” diameter, six
- Twig, 14-1⁄4” long
- Quilting needle
- Crayola Crayons
- Black fine-line permanent marker
- Tea dye items (optional): tea bags, saucepan, water, wooden spoon, old towel
scissors, ruler, pencil, plain paper, glue gun, sewing machine, matching threads, straight pins, iron and ironing board, freezer paper
11-1⁄2”x15-1⁄2” (not including hanging tabs)
1. If you want the muslin to have a vintage look, see “How To Tea Dye Fabric,” tutorial located at the end of this craft. Mark 6”x10-1⁄2” rectangle on muslin with pencil. Do not cut out.
2. Iron freezer paper to wrong side of muslin. Freezer paper should remain on wrong side of muslin. (Note: If freezer paper does not stick to fabric, pin muslin to freezer paper just outside of rectangle.)
3. Print pattern and cut along dashed lines. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Using pattern and marker, trace pattern onto fabric panel. The letter “I” should be about 1” from top 10-1⁄2” pencil line and 5⁄8” from side pencil line. (Note: To easily trace pattern, tape pattern to window during daylight hours. Position and tape fabric over pattern; trace pattern.)
4. Color design with crayons as desired. The designer used the following colors: Yellow, center of sun; Golden Rod, outline of sun’s rays; Laser Lemon, sun’s rays; Granny Smith, two sections of beach ball; Orange, two sections of beach ball; Wisteria, two sections of beach ball; Blue, sand pail; Periwinkle, inside sand pail; Brown, shading around entire center panel. (Note: Color intensity depends on pressure used while coloring.) When finished, peel off freezer paper and discard.
5. Place plain paper on ironing board. Place design, right side down, onto paper. Press carefully to set colors. Cut out center panel on pencil lines.
6. (Note: Sew 1/4″ seams with right sides facing. Press seams away from center panel.) Cut a 1-1⁄2”x45” strip from blue print fabric. Sew strip to top of panel; trim even. In same way as top, sew and trim strip at bottom, then sides of panel. Side strips will cross over top and bottom strips.
7. For flowered border, cut two 2-1⁄2”x45” strips from flower print fabric. Sew one strip to top and one strip to bottom of panel; trim each strip even. In same way, sew strips to sides of center panel; trim even. Again, side strips will cross over top and bottom strips. Press all seams.
8. For hanging loops, cut three 2”x6” rectangles from remaining blue print fabric. Fold each rectangle in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Sew long raw edge together. Turn right side out. Press each hanging loop, with seam center in back. Fold each loop in half with raw edges even. Pin one loop to center back of top. Pin remaining loops 2” from each side of wall hanging.
9. For backing, cut 12”x16-1⁄2” rectangle from fabric of choice. Place batting on flat work surface; smooth away bumps. Place backing, right side up, on top of batting. Lay center panel, right side down, on top of backing fabric. Pin layers together. Leaving 5” opening at bottom edge, sew around edges, catching hanging loops as you sew. Trim batting close to stitching; clip corners. Turn right side out; press. Fold in excess seam allowance at opening; whipstitch opening closed.
10. To make quilting easier, pin through center of border edges. Using white quilting thread, hand-stitch around center panel, 1⁄4” from blue fabric border. Stitch around both edges of flower fabric border, 1⁄4” from each edge.
11. Use photo as finishing guide. Adhere buttons to corners and centers of long sides of blue fabric border. Slide twig through each fabric loop; adhere in place. Tie two-loop bow around each hanging loop with raffia; trim ends as desired.
Things To Know About Tea Dyeing
1. The size and number of projects will determine the amount of tea needed. For the Sunflower Wall Hanging, two cups of tea should be plenty. For larger projects, a gallon or more of tea may be needed.
2. Brewed coffee can be used instead of tea for deeper color.
3. Fabric that is 100% cotton generally works best for tea dyeing. It’s always a good idea to test a fabric scrap for color results.
How To Tea Dye Fabric Tutorial
1. Fill a saucepan half full with water and bring to a boil. Remove pan from stove: add one or two tea bags for each cup of water used. (Note: The more tea bags used, the darker the final color.) Let tea bags steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags from pan and stir.
2. Place fabric into tea. Stir fabric occasionally, using wooden spoon. Check every 5 minutes until desired color is achieved. (Note: Fabric appears darker when wet. If fabric appears too dark, rinse in clear water to remove some color.) Remove fabric from tea and squeeze out excess liquid.
3. Fabric may be line-dried or placed in the dryer. If using the dryer, place old towel in with the fabric to absorb the tea. Be sure to wipe out the dryer before drying other items.
4. For some tea dyeing projects, you may wish to leave the fabric wrinkled for a vintage look. Otherwise, press the muslin when dry.
by Shirley Hudson