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eerie dyed wall hanging

Create instant ambiance by making this hanging for an entryway or party. The black-dyed cheesecloth creates a spooky look when layered over brightly-dyed fabrics.

Materials

  • Natural canvas cloth, one yard
  • Cheesecloth, two yards
  • National Nonwovens Black WoolFelt, scraps
  • Wooden circles, three each: 1-1/2”, 1/2”
  • Adhesive-back rhinestones
  • Black hemp twine
  • Small clear tacks or nails

TOOLS

  • Rit Liquid Dyes: Black, Tangerine
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Serif Essentials Dies
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Sewing needle and black thread
  • The Warm Co. Lite Steam-A-Seam
  • Aleene’s Adhesives: Liquid Fusion, Fabric Fusion

Basic Supplies

  • hot water, measuring cups, wooden spoon, four gallon container, rubber gloves, old towel, paper towels, iron and pressing cloth, scissors, ruler

Directions

  1. 1
    Wash and dry canvas cloth. Wearing rubber gloves, prepare dye bath for canvas cloth by adding one cup Tangerine dye to eight cups of hot water in four gallon container; gently stir. Add cloth and submerge thoroughly covering cloth with dye. Remove cloth and squeeze out excess dye. Wrap cloth in old towel; squeeze to remove excess dye. Hang to dry.
  2. 2
    Repeat process to create dye bath for cheesecloth by adding one cup Black dye to one cup hot water. Submerge cheesecloth in dye bath; remove and wring out excess dye. Hang to dry. Place wooden shapes in dye bath and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove and rinse wooden shapes with water to remove excess dye. Set wooden shapes on paper towels to dry.
  3. 3
    Using 1/2” seam allowance, sew canvas seams with sewing machine and thread on all four sides.
  4. 4
    Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing onto one side of Black felt with pressing surface and iron. Die cut letters from Black felt to spell “spooky.” Fuse “spooky” onto corner of sewn canvas. Use sewing machine and thread to attach letters onto canvas using straight stitch on center of each letter.
  5. 5
    Drape cheesecloth over canvas, allowing 3” to wrap around onto back side. Adhere edges of wrapped cheesecloth onto back of canvas using fabric glue. Gently tear cheesecloth around “spooky” sentiment. Tear three additional holes on cheesecloth for spider placement.
  6. 6
    When wooden shapes are dry, adhere them onto canvas under torn holes using liquid glue. Use smaller circles for spider heads and larger circles for spider bodies. Press rhinestones onto canvas for spider legs; spot glue using liquid glue if needed. Press one rhinestone onto each spider body.
  7. 7
    Thread sewing needle with black thread. Cut three lengths of black hemp in varying measurement from spiders to top of canvas. Use needle and thread to couch down hemp lengths to secure onto canvas. Hang canvas using small clear tacks or nails.

by Melony Miller Bradley for Rit Dye (www.mel-designs.typepad.com) and (www.ritdye.com)
Ensure fused felt is paper-side-up when placed on die so letters will be in correct direction.
Ensure fused felt is paper-side-up when placed on die so letters will be in correct direction.
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