Saturday, July 22, 2017

Free Pattern - Summer Porch or Wall Hanging




A few weeks ago I created new planter boxes for my front porch. They turned out so well I was inspired to make a matching banner. The planter boxes contain blue and purple flowers, and are grouped with several blue-hued bird houses (and even a robin's nest). So I decided to make "bird house" the theme, and concentrate on using purples and blues.

Well, of course we also love kitties, so there is a sneaky little kitty hiding over there on the right hand side, wearing a roof on her head, hoping to fool an unsuspecting bird. 


Supplies and Equipment Needed:

  • 3/4 yard background fabric (I used ecru-colored canvas, also known as duck cloth)
  • sewing machine thread that matches background fabric
  • scraps of assorted cotton solids and prints
  • sharp fine-pointed scissors suitable for cutting small pieces
  • iron and ironing board
  • 1 yard Wonder-Under fabric bonding 
  • Ultra fine point black permanent marking pen 

Instructions:
The banner I made measures 18 inches high and 36 inches wide. To make your banner this size, cut the background fabric 20 inches high and 38 inches wide. Fold in one inch of each side, top, and bottom; iron and stitch with matching thread.

Here's the pattern for the kitty. Isn't she cute!



Next are the three bird houses:






The leaves, flowers, and kitty "bird house hat" are next. 



The tree branches are too long for one sheet of paper, so I drew them in several sections with A|  and  B|  notations to show where they should be joined. 



I used the same pattern for both tree limbs--flipping it over for a mirror image.

Now that you have your patterns, the next step is to trace your pieces onto the paper side of your Wonder Under. If you've never used Wonder Under, here are two great tutorials to get you started.






I used the ultra fine point permanent marker to add details such as the kitty's whiskers and grin, the centers of the small flowers, veining on the leaves, and the ivy vine.

Good luck and have fun. If you want additional information please leave a comment and I'll be happy to help you. 

2 comments:

  1. Too cool for words. Sharing on Twitter and wishing you a great Sunday.

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  2. Thanks Bill. This was a lot of fun to design. We used to have a tabby kitty, and so I selected fabrics that would mimic her gray/brown striping. Imagine the fun you could have if you have a calico kitty, or a black cat with glowing green eyes. I hope your friends customize and make it their own.

    Have a great Sunday my friend.

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