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Chrissy Spirit Wall Hanging

Date Posted:24 November 2023 

This Chrissy Spirit Wall Hanging is the perfect festive sewing machine applique project to create for yourself or as a gift to someone else! It is extremely fun to make and ideal for sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced.

With the use of applique, quilting, heat transfer vinyl, and embellishments, this project has all the elements needed to create the perfect wall hanging that everyone will gush over.


Materials & Supplies

  • 1 x Gingerbread Felt
  • 1 x White Felt
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Hot Melt Web
  • Softaway/Tearaway
  • Threads to match Applique (we used Hemingworth Embroidery Thread)
  • Corespun Thread or Rasant for piecing
  • Fabric Marking Pen
  • Light box
  • Echidna Clips or Pins
  • Variety of buttons for eyes and embellishments
  • Cording or ribbon for embellishments
  • Pencil
  • 505 Spray
  • Iron or mini iron
  • Wool Pressing mat
  • Red DMC Thread for hand stitching
  • Hand needles
  • Sewing machine
  • Open toe foot
  • ¼” foot
  • Walking foot
  • Dynamic walking foot
  • Brother Compact Dual Feed MuVit Foot
  • Wool 60/Poly 40 quilt batting
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl

Fabric & Batting

  • Variety of fat quarters to create Applique Shapes (Try to match the colours to your feature fabric)
  • 1 x metre white applique background fabric
  • .25cm blue frame
  • 1 x metre Feature & Border fabric (You will need 1.2 metres if the fabric is directional)
  • 42" x 49" Backing Fabric
  • 42 " x 49" Batting Wool 60/Poly 40 quilt batting

Layout:

Chrissy Spirit Quilt Layout Frame Chrissy Spirit Quilt Layout Coloured

Designs:

  • Chrissy Spirit Sewing Applique
  • Chrissy Spirit SVG for Heat Transfer Vinyl (HoHoHo-Layered.SVG)

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Fabric Cutting

Applique Blocks

Referring to each applique pattern, choose the fabric you will use for each character or shape. Place in individual plastic bags and keep together. Set aside until you are ready to begin the applique process (refer to instructions below).

White Fabric

  • Cut nine 10½” x 10½” squares
  • Cut twelve 3½” x 2½” rectangles
  • Cut two 2½” x 10½” strips

½ Square Triangles

  1. Select 6 x fabrics from the fat quarters for the triangles.
  2. Cut one 3.5” x 3.5” square from each of these different fabrics.
  3. Cut six 3.5” x 3.5” squares of the white background fabric.

Frame

  • Cut four strips of 1.5” x WOF

Feature & Border Fabric

  • Cut four strips of 2.5” x 10.5”
  • Cut four strips of 1" x 10.5”
  • Cut four strips of 4.5” x WOF

Instructions

All seam allowances are ¼” unless stated otherwise.

  1. Choose the applique patterns you wish to include in your hanging and print the A4 sheets. We have used 4 patterns and repeated the Gingerbread character twice, creating a total of five applique blocks. Follow these instructions to Applique →
  2. Take one 10.5” x 10.5” background square, position the applique onto the square, iron in place. Repeat this process until all the appliques have been fixed to the background squares. Set them aside. Watch our video on how to create sewing machine applique →
  3. To make the ½ square triangles take the 6 x precut white and coloured squares and pair one white square and one coloured square with right sides together. Using a pencil, draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the white fabric. This is a cutting line and will not be seen.
    Chrissy Spirit Project
    Chrissy Spirit Project
    Chrissy Spirit Project
  4. Stitch ¼” along each side of the diagonal line, repeat for the 6 squares. Chrissy Spirit Project Stitch Diagonal Line
  5. To make the ½ square triangles take the 6 x precut white and coloured squares and pair one white square and one coloured square with right sides together. Using a pencil, draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the white fabric. This is a cutting line and will not be seen.
    Chrissy Spirit Project Cut and Press
    Chrissy Spirit Project Cut and Press
  6. Using your patchwork ruler, square up the half square triangles to measure 2.5” x 2.5”. Set aside. Repeat until you have 12 x ½ square triangles for each present box. Set aside. Chrissy Spirit Project Square up 1/2 square triangles
  7. Begin to create the Applique Square “present box” by stitching one strip of the 2.5” x 10 ½” feature fabric to the top of the applique square. Set aside.
  8. To create the bow strip (above the feature fabric strip) stitch two of the previously squared ½” square triangles with white sides together, press the seam open.
    Chrissy Spirit Project Bow Strip
    Chrissy Spirit Project Bow Strip
    Chrissy Spirit Project Bow Strip
  9. Take two 3½” x 2½” rectangles and with right sides together, stitch onto each end of the half square triangles. Repeat this step until you have 7 x bow strips. Chrissy Spirit Project stitch bow strips
  10. Sew each row onto the top of the feature fabric from step 7 for the 5 x applique blocks.
  11. To create the “present box” without applique, take one 10½” x 10½” square and cut it in half.
  12. Sew one strip of the 1” x 10½ ” feature fabric to one piece of the previously cut square. Attach the second piece of white fabric to the other side of the feature fabric. Press. Chrissy Spirit Project Present Block
  13. Using a rotary cutter, cut a 1½” strip from the top of the reconstructed square. Sew a 1” x 10½” strip of feature fabric to the top of the square. Attach the previously cut 1½” x 10½” strip to the feature fabric, and press. Chrissy Spirit Project Present Block Construction
  14. Square up the block so it measures 10½“ wide x 9¾” high. Chrissy Spirit Project Square up present block
  15. Stitch a bow strip from step 9 to the top of the 2½” x 10½” strip on your present box.
  16. Stitch a white strip 2½” x 10½” to the top of the present block above the bow, the block should measure 10½” x 14”. Repeat these steps to create one more “present box”. Set both blocks aside. Chrissy Spirit Project Complete Present Block
  17. Check the size of each of the 4 x applique and 2 x present blocks - they should measure 10½” x 14”.
  18. Place each block into three rows of three. The centre row will be the remaining two 10½” x 10½” white squares and the single applique block (we chose Australia with Santa Hat) without any present bow on top.
  19. The two white blocks will have the “Ho Ho Ho” pressed onto them with Heat Transfer Vinyl once the wall hanging has been quilted.
  20. Stitch each block into a row, press the seams to one side so they will nest together. Chrissy Spirit Project Stitch together rows
  21. Stitch the three rows together until you have a completed square.
  22. Measure through the centre of each of the rows vertically from top to bottom. You should have 3 measurements. Add them together, and divide by 3 to get an equal measurement. This will be the size of the frame fabric for the sides of the big square. Chrissy Spirit Project Measurement frame fabric
  23. Cut two strips of frame fabric to the measurement from step 22.
  24. Stitch both frames onto the side of the wallhanging.
  25. To get the correct size of the frame for the top and bottom of the square, measure through the 3 x blocks horizontally and repeat steps 22-24 to have a fully framed wall hanging.
  26. Add the borders, repeating the measuring, cutting and sewing steps from steps 22-24 with the frame now included.
  27. Your wall hanging top is now complete!
  28. The next step is to sandwich the quilt together, and choose your method of quilting. Quilt the three layers together.
  29. Press “Ho Ho Ho” onto the two white blocks with Heat Transfer Vinyl. Find out how to use Heat Transfer Vinyl →
    Chrissy Spirit Project HTV
    Chrissy Spirit Project HTV
    Chrissy Spirit Project HTV
    Chrissy Spirit Project HTV
  30. Now it is time to use your imagination, get creative and embellish the Applique blocks.
    Chrissy Spirit Project Embellishments
    Chrissy Spirit Project Embellishments
  31. Your wall hanging is complete!
    Chrissy Spirit Wall Hanging
    Chrissy Spirit Wall Hanging

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