Fabric Inspiration - Home Decor Fun!

It's Leo back with the last of this weeks look at using kit leftovers. I've been specifically asked for ideas on using the fabric in the Quirky Kits so today I've combined the idea of scraps with using the fabric. Everything I've used is from the Downtown Tea Party Quirky Kit.
As a lover of pattern I'm forever gravitating towards pretty patterns to use in crafting and fabric is right up there as a must have (to me) in your craft stash. It's naturally lignin free so you don't have to worry about it ruining your photos and you can do so much with it from making your own ribbons, making book covers to using it just like pattern paper to making fun 3D projects like the one I'm going to have a go at today.....

Embroidery Hoop Wall Hanging

 OK to begin with I'm using an embroidery hoop. The one I've got here is a vintage one but you can get them new in haberdashery stores. I'm going to get some for the shop in my next wholesale haberdashery splurge so look out for them popping up there, should be next week. This one is 8 inches but you can get them in lots of different sizes.

Take the fabric piece and the hoop and using the inside hoop frame the area of fabric you like.

 Place the fabric over the hoop then push the other hoop over the top of it. Tighten it up with the screw till it's nice and tight and all the wrinkles are gone.

Trim the edges of the fabric off to make it nice and neat.

Now you can start decorating. I started by stitching around some of the details on the fabric with the Pink Paislee twine. I've also used off cuts of patterned paper from the kit cutting out strips and some of the flowers. I've also glued one of the resin flowers on there. With all the elements I'm using my glue gun to glue them on.

I'm carrying on layering on more patterned paper pieces. I've made a mini banner with the glitter cardstock.

And one for the top too using more off cuts of patterned paper. I've added some of the alphabet chipboard stickers too.

Across the bottom I've layered some cut out heart shapes that have been made from paper scraps and some cut out from the little Pink Paislee cards. The hearts have been made by folding the paper in half then cutting out half the heart shape and opening it out then I've added some machine stitching down the centers. When I've glued them on I've added the glue along the fold on the back of the hearts to give them more of a 3D look.

I want to make a little 'pocket' to tuck a photo inside so it can be changed around so I've not glued these embellishments on the fabric just on top of the paper hearts so there's a gap underneath.

As a final touch I've added some more hand stitching around some of the embellishments.

There we have the finished wall hanging. The photo can be changed around or you could use it as a place to tuck in little keepsake bits and pieces.

 So what have you been making this week? Have you got a scraps project to share?
I've got a lovely washi tape bundle to give away so why not have a play this weekend and show me what you've made. Add the link to your project in the comments or you can email it to me at enquiries@craftyprincess.co.uk  or add it to the Facebook wall and I'll pick out a winner. I'll extend the deadline till next Wednesday (20th July 2011) to give you a chance to play along. I'll announce the winner on Wednesday evening here on the blog and on the Facebook page too, (you can play along there and add your projects to the wall too).

Have fun!
xx Leo


  1. That's gorgeous, what a lovely idea!

  2. That is such a COOL idea - I have to try that!