Appliquéd Fall Crafting Ideas
Even though we’re still in back-to-school mode, it’s not too early to start planning some fall craft ideas. Whether you’re looking for decorating ideas for your home, want a fresh new look for your dining table or plan on adding a fall theme to your front porch and entryway, you’ll find lots of fast and easy autumn crafts to add color and pizzazz to your home.
No Sew Appliqué Pillow, Table Runner Or Wall Hanging
Whether you’re not blessed with the sewing gene or just don’t have much time, you can create colorful appliqué pillows, a festive table runner or a fall themed wall hanging quickly and easily. Use an inexpensive, solid colored table runner for the appliquéd runner or wall hanging. Purchase a plain colored pillow with a removable cover as the base for your appliquéd pillow.
Coloring books are good sources of designs suitable for autumn crafts or do an internet search for simple designs for fall craft ideas you can copy and print out. With your design in hand, choose scraps of fun colored fabrics, or check out the fat quarter or remnant aisle of your local fabric shop for inexpensive prints and solids.
Paper backed fusible web is your friend for this project. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to cut and piece the shapes of your pattern with your fabrics and fusible web. Position your web-backed pieces on your pillow cover or table runner and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to fuse the design.
For the wall hanging, cut a dowel rod a couple inches longer than the top width of your runner. Fold over and stitch across the top to create a tube to hold the dowel. Slide the dowel through the tube and tie a ribbon, string or twine to both ends, and your piece is ready to hang.
Mounted Appliqué Wall Art
For a mounted piece of wall art, use canvas stretcher bars from an art supply shop to create your support frame. Cut a piece of fabric that is large enough to wrap around the frame to staple on the backside of the stretcher bars.
Once again, choose a fun design and create your fusible appliqué fabric pieces. Position and iron them into place. Now, add decorative hand embroidery stitching or embellish with permanent markers or fabric paints.
Cut a piece of fusible quilt batting that’s just slightly smaller than your fabric. Position the batting to the back of the fabric and fuse together, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Position the fabric over the stretcher bar frame and staple it in place, working from side to side to keep the fabric taut and even. Add a hanger to the top and it’s ready for display.