Twirling Leaves Hanger

The canvas measures 16” x 40”.  Hang it flush on a wall or set it on an easel. The Welcome Message template is included with the instructions.
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The slightest breeze will set this decoration in motion and send the pretty leaves twirling like an Autumn wind.  See it in action in the video below. Lightweight nylon is airbrushed with leaf stencils then wire is threaded through the serged or zigzag stitched hem. The beige fabric background make the leaves pop. A swivel jewelry clasp allows the project complete freedom of movement.  The hanger pattern as well as instructions are free. You’ll find both at the top of this page.

Directions

COVER EXPOSED AREAS TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL OVER SPRAY. ALLOW PAINT TO DRY BETWEEN STEPS.

step 1 - Download and print out the pattern on copy paper. The large pattern measures 24 x 27 which will require 12 sheets of paper. Mark the number of each page as it prints to help you layout the pages in order and tape them together. I've added a blue grid on the pattern to also help you match the pages. There’s a .25” overlap on all page edges.

step 1 - Download and print out the pattern on copy paper. The large pattern measures 24 x 27 which will require 12 sheets of paper. Mark the number of each page as it prints to help you layout the pages in order and tape them together. I've added a blue grid on the pattern to also help you match the pages. There’s a .25” overlap on all page edges.

step 2 - Place the pattern on a double layer of fabric. Cut along the red lines. The black circle represents the top of the hanger.

step 2 - Place the pattern on a double layer of fabric. Cut along the red lines. The black circle represents the top of the hanger.

step 3 - Trace the fabric ends onto folded pieces of scraps to create facings for the top and bottom ends. They should be 2.50" deep. Iron one layer of sturdy fusible interfacing inside the folded facings. This will give added strength and support especially for the top eyelet to be attached in step 6.

step 3 - Trace the fabric ends onto folded pieces of scraps to create facings for the top and bottom ends. They should be 2.50" deep. Iron one layer of sturdy fusible interfacing inside the folded facings. This will give added strength and support especially for the top eyelet to be attached in step 6.

step 4 - Pin facings to the right side of the fabric. With a close stitch, serge or zigzag from the top end all around the outer edge until you reach where you started, catching the facings in the stitching. Do the same with the second fabric panel.

step 4 - Pin facings to the right side of the fabric. With a close stitch, serge or zigzag from the top end all around the outer edge until you reach where you started, catching the facings in the stitching. Do the same with the second fabric panel.

step 5 - Turn fabric facings so the stitching is inside the ends.  Iron wrinkles out of fabric.

step 5 - Turn fabric facings so the stitching is inside the ends.  Iron wrinkles out of fabric.

step 6 - Apply an eyelet on both panels in the center top end following the hardware instructions.

step 6 - Apply an eyelet on both panels in the center top end following the hardware instructions.

step 7 - Mix a bit of red paint to the green and a little green paint to the red to create rich dark autumn colors. Fill paint cups with these two colors as well as a cup with Mocha and one with Orange.

step 8 - Apply adhesive to the back of only the leaf stencils you will use. Plan your leaf style and color placement. Mask off your first leaf stencil with painters tape. Airbrush it with your color choice. When dry, move it to a different area and airbrush it with another color. When you have as many of that leaf as you want in different colors, remove the tape and mask off a different style leaf on the stencil. Continue changing colors and leaf styles adding as many leaves as you like.

step 8 - Apply adhesive to the back of only the leaf stencils you will use. Plan your leaf style and color placement. Mask off your first leaf stencil with painters tape. Airbrush it with your color choice. When dry, move it to a different area and airbrush it with another color. When you have as many of that leaf as you want in different colors, remove the tape and mask off a different style leaf on the stencil. Continue changing colors and leaf styles adding as many leaves as you like.

step 9 - Add depth to the leaf colors by painting a solid color, red for instance, then airbrushing only the leaf edges with green. Combine orange and green and green with Mocha. Experiment with color combinations. Airbrush some leaves by only outlining the leaf edges full strength and applying paint faintly in the centers. Also use the fabric color as a contrast for some leaves.

step 9 - Add depth to the leaf colors by painting a solid color, red for instance, then airbrushing only the leaf edges with green. Combine orange and green and green with Mocha. Experiment with color combinations. Airbrush some leaves by only outlining the leaf edges full strength and applying paint faintly in the centers. Also use the fabric color as a contrast for some leaves.

step 10 - Cut two pieces of wire to measure 9'.  Avoid curving or creating bends in the wire. With your hands, smooth the length of wire in a straight line as much as possible. Using needle nose pliers, create a small loop on one end of the wire. 

step 11 - Starting at the top facing, feed the loop through the serged or zigzagged stitching on the outer edge of the fabric, working through to the bottom facing. 

step 11 - Starting at the top facing, feed the loop through the serged or zigzagged stitching on the outer edge of the fabric, working through to the bottom facing. 

step 12 - The fabric should be taught on the wire in order to hang correctly.  Curve the bottom few inches of the wire to match the original shape of the bottom facing. The facing was turned in step 5 to form an open pocket. Slip the curved wire into the pocket.

step 12 - The fabric should be taught on the wire in order to hang correctly.  Curve the bottom few inches of the wire to match the original shape of the bottom facing. The facing was turned in step 5 to form an open pocket. Slip the curved wire into the pocket.

step 13 - Pull the fabric along the wire smoothly to the top facing. Bend the excess wire to slip it into the eyelet. Wrap it around and through the eyelet again. This will prevent the fabric from sliding down the wire. Prepare the second fabric panel in the same way.

step 13 - Pull the fabric along the wire smoothly to the top facing. Bend the excess wire to slip it into the eyelet. Wrap it around and through the eyelet again. This will prevent the fabric from sliding down the wire. Prepare the second fabric panel in the same way.

step 14 - The red and blue lines in this image represent the two fabric panels. To connect the two, match the pieces together tucking one into the other.  They should lay flat against each other (as pictured) and face the same direction, as though they are one piece of fabric.

step 14 - The red and blue lines in this image represent the two fabric panels. To connect the two, match the pieces together tucking one into the other.  They should lay flat against each other (as pictured) and face the same direction, as though they are one piece of fabric.

step 15 - Open the top panel ends like a book and overlap the eyelets. This will force the panels to wrap around each other forming more layers. Slip a short wire through the two eyelets. Slip the lobster clasp on the wire. Twist the wire ends to secure it. The lobster clasp will allow you to easily connect the decoration to a wire, hook or ribbon for hanging. 

step 15 - Open the top panel ends like a book and overlap the eyelets. This will force the panels to wrap around each other forming more layers. Slip a short wire through the two eyelets. Slip the lobster clasp on the wire. Twist the wire ends to secure it. The lobster clasp will allow you to easily connect the decoration to a wire, hook or ribbon for hanging. 

TIPS

For the panels to hang properly, the wire should curve smoothly along the outer edge of the panels by the force and cut of the fabric. The wire does not create the shape of the panels.

Nylon, such as light weight lining fabrics are a good choice for this project because the leaves painted on one side of the fabric will show through clearly on the backside.


Supplies

At Testors.com

  •  9443 Orange Paint
  •  9446 Red Paint
  •  9451 Green Paint
  •  9482 Mocha Paint
  •  paint cups

At Fabric Shop

  •  1/2 yard 60" nylon fabric or two fabric pieces measuring 27 x 30
  •  sewing notions

At Amazon

  • Aztek airbrush
  • 18' of 16 gauge craft wire
  • Martha Stewart Four Seasons stencils
  • eyelets
  • Scotch Spray Mount Repositonable Adhesive
  • swivel lobster clasp

Miscellaneous

  • masking tape
  • scotch tape
  • printer paper

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