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Crossroads Wall Hanging with Kraft-Tex Faux Leather

January 28, 2020

Decorating walls is not my strong suit.  I can jazz up a table, shelving, the couch, and even the bed but my walls have remained blank mostly.  There's a framed photo of Paul's old dog and an art photo I took years ago.  The art photo has bounced between our living room and my studio I use for photographing projects.  I struggle because I like to make my stuff but traditional wall hangings make me think of my grandma and that's not me.  So, I designed a graphic geometric square that reminds me of backroads and used the kraft-tex faux leather to sew a new piece of art, because if you frame it, it becomes art.  Mic drop! I sewed art and you can too!  Ready to make the Crossroads wall hanging with kraft-tex faux leather?

Learn how to make this framed art with your sewing machine and a new fabric, kraft -tex by c&t publishing

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Working with kraft-tex is a little different than working with fabric so I have a page with tips and tricks.  All the projects will also be located there too.  Be sure to check it out if you are new to working with kraft-tex so you don't get frustrated.  Trust me it's easy to get overwhelmed when dealing with a new type of fabric.

The directions I give you are going to be just slightly different than what I made.  As I was sewing the wall hanging together I had a facepalm moment and realized I had made more work for myself.  I added a seam that wasn't needed!

What You Need To Make Crossroads Wall Hanging with Kraft-Tex Faux Leather

1 roll Crimson Kraft-Tex (it will take almost the entire roll)
1 roll Black Kraft-Tex 
Seam Roller

Cutting Kraft-Tex Faux Leather for Crossroads Wall Hanging

From Crimson Kraft-Tex Cut

5 squares 2 3/4"
4 squares 5"
4 rectangles 9 1/2"x5"

From Black Kraft-Tex Cut

4 square 2 3/4"
4 rectangles 2 3/4"x 5"
4 rectangles 2 3/4" x 9 1/2"

Sewing Crossroads Wall Hanging with Kraft-Tex Faux Leather

I goofed I forgot to take pictures of step one.  I don't think any of you will have problems with it. Please read the tips and tricks page before starting to sew for pressing instructions.  All seams are 1/4".

Sew one red 2 3/4" square to one black 2 3/4" square.  Repeat 3 more times for a total of 4 units. Each unit should measure 2 3/4" x 5".

To each red/black square unit sew a black 2 3/4" x 5" rectangle.  Repeat 3 more times for a total of 4 units.  Each unit should measure 5" square.
The first unit of the crossroads wall hanging with kraft tex faux leather in crimson and black

To each of these units add a red 5" square to the black seamed edge.  This would be the top of the unit in the above photo.  Repeat with the other 3 units for a total of 4 units.  Each unit should measure 5"x 9 1/2".
The second unit of the crossroads wall hanging with kraft tex faux leather

This is the step where your wall hanging will be slightly different than mine.  When I photographed this step, I went "Why didn't you just cut a rectangle from the red?" So ignore the seam in the photo below.  Attach a red 5" x 9 1/2" rectangle to the black/red side, top in the picture above.  Repeat with the other 3 units for a total of 4 units.  Each unit should measure 9 1/2" square.

Now we just have to add our sashings!  It really does go to together just as easy as it sounds.  This is the tricky part though because that little red square has to end up in the right spot to get this design.  If you goof, remember Bob Ross "There are no mistakes only happy accidents" or as I say "You made a design choice."  When you sew the black sashing between the big units make sure the little red square is in the upper corner.  Make two of these units.  It should measure 9 1/2" x 20 3/4".

Our center sashing is made up of our last two black rectangles and the red square we should still have left.  Since kraft-tex is only 18 1/2" wide I needed to do something to get the width we needed and I thought the red center tied everything together.  It should measure 2 3/4" x 20 3/4".

Remember when joining the previous units with the center row that the little red squares to the outside corners.

Now for finishing!  You could back this.  I would suggest pressing the raw edge of the fabric under a 1/4" and sewing it to the back.  I would not try to turn this like you would with a pillow or traditional wall hanging.  I chose to frame mine because I wanted it to look more like artwork and Paul is pretty handy cutting mat board.  

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