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Scrap Lab Wall Hanging

Simple squares and curved appliqués in bright prints pop off a coordinating solid to create a dynamic wall hanging.


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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Find the Leaf Pattern in the downloadable PDF above. To prepare leaf appliqués using a freezer-paper-and-starch method, complete the following steps.

1. Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over Leaf Pattern. Use a pencil to trace pattern 20 times. Cut out freezer-paper shapes on drawn lines to make templates.

2. Using a hot dry iron, press each freezer-paper shape, shiny side down, onto wrong side of an assorted print; let cool. Cut out each fabric leaf, adding a 1⁄4" seam allowance to all edges. Clip seam allowances of curves as necessary, stopping a thread or two away from freezer-paper templates, to make appliqué pieces.

3. Spray a small amount of starch into a dish. Place a template-topped appliqué piece facedown on a pressing surface covered with a tea towel or muslin. Dip a cotton swab in starch and moisten seam allowance of appliqué piece (Diagram 1). Using tip of a hot dry iron, turn seam allowance over one edge of freezer-paper template and press until fabric is dry. Continue in same manner around entire shape, adding starch as necessary and pressing fabric taut against template. Carefully peel off template to create a leaf appliqué.

4. Repeat Step 3 to prepare 20 leaf appliqués total.

From solid lavender, refer to Cutting Diagram, to cut:
5—8-1⁄2" squares
10—1-3⁄4x8" rectangles
10—1-3⁄4x5-1⁄2" rectangles

From one assorted print, cut:
5—5-1⁄2" squares

From remaining assorted prints, cut:
Enough 2-1⁄2"-wide strips in lengths ranging from 7" to 10" to total 140" for binding
77—2x2-1⁄2" rectangles
20 of Leaf Pattern