How To Sew Wall Tapestries

Wall tapestries have long been used to decorate castles, and now homes. They come in different styles and can be mounted in various ways. Making wall tapestries can take time, but it is not impossible to do.

To sew your own wall tapestries, look for different patterns that you can copy or base your own design on and follow these steps:

Prepare the materials that you will need. To make wall tapestries gather the following:

  • Tapestry fabric
  • Stiff back lining or padding if the wall tapestry is big
  • Trim (optional)
  • Fabric lining
  • Fabric glue
  • Frame
  • Tapestry bar
  • Staples
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Make sure that you have all your materials ready before starting with the project.

  • Determine the type of tapestry that you want to make. Think of the theme and fabric that you want to use for your wall tapestry. Take into consideration that you will be hand sewing or machine sewing the pattern on to your tapestry. Also think of how you want to mount your tapestry later on.
  • Determine the size of tapestry that you want. If this is your first time to sew a wall tapestry, it is suggested that you start with a small one. Sewing a wall tapestry can be exhausting and may take some time to finish.
  • Decide how you want to sew your tapestry. You can sew your wall tapestry in two different ways – by hand or by sewing machine. Decide how you want to do this and take into consideration the fabric that you are going to use, the finish that you will be giving your wall tapestry, the size of the project, and how it will be mounted.
  • Make a draft of what you want to do. Before doing anything with your tapestry fabric, make sure that you have an idea of what you want to do to avoid getting lost in the middle of your project. Draw the patterns or design that you want to sew on to the fabric and use this as your guide.
  • Frame the edges of your tapestry fabric. Put masking tape on the edges of your tapestry fabric or put about half an inch’s hem all around. Consider mounting here. If you are planning to hang it directly on to the wall or frame it, hem all sides. If you want it to hang on a tapestry bar, sew a pocket on top to make it fit your tapestry bar.
  • Stiffen your tapestry fabric. If the fabric is not stiff enough, use stiff back lining on the back of the tapestry fabric. All you need to do is to fold the edges into the hems. If you are using padding, sew this on before the lining fabric. Consider how you are going to mount the wall tapestry and leave enough space for that.
  • Sew on your pattern. Use your hand or sewing machine to sew the pattern onto your tapestry fabric. Dampen the fabric a little if you are having a hard time straightening it out.
  • Hang your tapestry. When you are done with your pattern, mount your wall tapestry the way you decided when you started.

Congratulations, you now have sewn your own wall tapestries. Start with small projects and move on to bigger ones once you get the hang of it.


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