Tuesday, February 7, 2012

14 Ways- Day Eight: Fabric Wood Carving Wall Art

What is more romantic than a young couple in love carving their initials into the trunk of a tree?

I've never had the pleasure, but wanted to mimic the age-old tradition with a whimsical carving of my own. I don't have a tree sufficient enough for "engraving" my love, but happened to have a piece of plywood in my garage and a piece of wood grain fabric. The combination resulted in a fabulous wall hanging. I think it would also be fun to skip the red heart and stitch in the initials of your entire family.


What You Need:
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Yard Wood Grain Fabric (I got mine from BobbieLouFabric)
  • Backing Fabric
  • Needle and Thread
  • Staple Gun
  • Piece of Plywood
  • Sewing Machine

How-To: Wood Carving Wall Art

Cut a piece of wood grain fabric to the size of your wood panel. 
I stained the side that would not be covered with fabric for a more finished look. Especially since I used cheap pressed wood!

Trace a heart shape on your fabric where you would like your "carving" to show through.

Cut a piece of backing fabric (I used cream flannel) larger than the heart you've traced on your wood grain fabric.

Hand stitch any embellishments you would like onto the backing fabric.

Position the embellished backing fabric to the back of your wood grain fabric, directly behind the traced heart, and pin into place.

Turn the fabric over and sew around the traced heart.

Pull the wood grain fabric away from the backing and cut the fabric away to expose the embellished backing.

Be sure not to cut too close to the sewn edge or the embellished backing.

Position the wrong side of the fabric to the front of the wood panel. Fold the left and right sides over first to ensure the wood grain is secured straight. Staple into place.

To make a crisp corner, I fold the fabric just as I would when gift wrapping.

I always say you can never use too many staples :) 
When you've secured all sides of the wall hanging, attach a picture hanger if wanted.

Voila! A fabulous and one-of-a-kind way to tell your loved one you care!

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