March 14, 2015 by bridgitgillis
Easter will soon be here, and I wanted to make a cross wall hanging for my entry way. I have been making different themed wall hangings so that I can change them out with the seasons. It’s a great way to celebrate the changing seasons and to use fabric as a medium for creativity.
I created the pattern for this wall hanging myself, and it was actually super easy. I drew out my design on a piece of graph paper, decided how big I wanted my finished blocks to be, and the rest was just math.
I wanted my finished squares to be 3 x 3 inches, so I cut every square 3.5 x 3.5 inches for a 1/4 inch seam allowance. You could make your blocks whatever size you wish and still follow the basic cross pattern. I have included the specifics for my particular design below.
Weekend Easter Wall Hanging:
1.25 yards of background fabric (I chose to get 5 colors in 1/4 yard each)
1/4 yard of cross fabric
Material for the back (I chose to use part of a recycled sheet, but if you purchase it you’d need one yard)
Bating for inside (Optional- I did not use batting for this project)
Leftover material for binding, or purchase some at the store (You will need 120 inches)
1. If you will be making a scrappy binding like mine from leftover fabric, first cut a 1.5 inch strip from each of your outside fabrics. You will need a total of about 120 inches.
2. Cut your material into 3.5 x 3.5 inch squares. You will need: 68 of the outside squares and 28 for the cross.
3. Sew your squares together in the pattern shown. I would suggest sewing them into 2 x 2 blocks, then connect the blocks vertically and work your way down. Be sure to line up your squares, especially those in the cross.
4. Once the top of the wall hanging is finished, pin it to your batting and back material. If your type of wall hanger requires a rod pocket, attach one now. Machine quilt or hand quilt around the inside of the cross. I chose to use a light pink color of thread.
5. Once your cross is quilted, make and attach your binding. Making scrappy binding is easy. Simply sew your strips of material together in various patterns until you have enough to make about 120 inches. If you’ve never made binding before, check out my instructions here.