Christmas Wall Hanging

Make a festive "no-sew" wall hanging for the holidays using plastic foam.

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Host Cindy Piccoli shows how easy it is to make a faux quilt wallhanging for the holidays. This project is not only no-sew, but the snow scene will perk up any plain wall.

Materials:

12" x 36" x 1" plastic foam sheet
fabric:
1/4 yard for snow
1/3 yard for sky
1/4 yard for house
1/8 yard for roof
1/8 yard each for widows, doors
1/8 yard each for 3 trees
scrap brown for trunk
1/3 yard for frame
1/2 yard quilt batting
snow flake sequins
small metal putty knife or table knife

Steps:

  1. Cut sheet of plastic foam to measure 12" x 31". Mark off 1-inch border around the edge of the sheet with indelible marker.
  2. Divide the space in the center into three equal blocks and transfer block patterns onto the plastic foam. Go over all markings a second time using a straight edge and a very sharp pencil in order to make the lines about 1/8-the surface of the plastic foam. You should be able to feel the lines through the fabric with your fingertips.
  3. Cut fabric pieces for each section of the design so that they are a 3/8-inch larger on all sides. This extra fabric is the fabric that will be pushed into the plastic foam.
  4. Cut pieces of quilt batting for puffy areas that are just a bit smaller than the sections (house, trees, frame).
  5. It's best to attach the fabric onto puffy areas first. Begin by centering the batting within the section; then place fabric over the batting. You can feel the depression of the outlines drawn on the plastic foam through the fabric.
  6. Position the knife edge on the scored line and push seam allowances straight into the foam surface. For a clean edge, keep the putty knife at a 90 degree angle to the foam. Gently smooth the fabric into the depression along all edges. Sometimes excess fabric sticks out above the line. Wait until the entire quilt is done and then go back and carefully snip off the excess fabric with a sharp pair of nail scissors if necessary.
  7. When attaching fabric around points in the design, push in as much of the area as possible without causing buckling in the fabric. Then carefully clip fabric to the point so that the remaining fabric can be gently eased into the foam.
  8. Small areas such as the tree trunks and chimney can simply be glued onto the design.
  9. Cut fabric that will cover the frame inch wide strips. After tucking the strips onto the front of the design, the fabric extending over the edges of the sheet should be wrapped taut around to the back and glued.
  10. Pin on snowflake sequins if desired.

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