Rainbows are having a real moment right now. They are on everything! Clothes, shoes, jean jacket pins, and basically all of the walls. And here is the thing…I’m not mad about it.
So when I got an invitation to a friend’s baby shower, I knew I wanted to make her a rainbow wall hanging for her nursery. I’ve also been going gaga over Feed the Fish Co.’s felt pennants so I took so inspiration and got my hands on some felt. I added my own twist by decorating the felt with hand stitching.
When I started, I didn’t have a clear vision of what it was going to look like. I just went with it. So my apologies for the lack of in-process photos. I just let myself play for this one! The actual steps are very simple, so I think you can knock this one out without the images.
What you will need:
- 5 colors of embroidery thread (your choosing!)
- Needle (with eye large enough for all 6 strands of thread to get through)
- a wooden dowel
Measure out 4 inches in the center of your felt and mark each end with a dot. From the dot, measure in towards the center about an inch and a half and mark again. Do this on both sides. From the very center of the felt (so that would be 2 inches in from either of your farthest dots), measure 3 inches above and place a dot. Now measure an inch and a half below that and dot again.
This is the shape for your rainbow! Using a pencil, lightly draw the curve of your rainbow and connect the outer dots and then the inner dots.
Choose the order of your threads that you like for your rainbow and start stitching! I did 4 rows of backstitching for each color. I like that the stitches are staggered so I start with a smaller stitch for every other row. Continue stitching all 4 colors.
Cut out a 1inch x 1.5 inch box out of a light felt for your modern cloud. I used a matching embroidery thread and did a large running stitch around the inside of the box to attach my clouds to the rainbow.
It’s time to cut your felt to size! Measure to the center of your felt, about 3 inches below the bottom of your rainbow. Mark with a dot. From the edge (where it lines up with the bottom of your cloud square), cut a straight line to your new mark. Do the same on the other side.
Cut straight lines down the edge of your felt to be about 2 inches from the edge of your rainbow.
Fold the top of the felt behind itself and over your dowel to the height you prefer (mine is about 2 inches above the rainbow. Use embroidery thread to do a running stitch across the bottom of the dowel (that is now tucked into your felt) to secure. Continue the running stitch along the edges to finish off.
That’s it! Just a backstitch, running stitch, and some cutting and you have a beautiful new wall hanging for a nursery, play room, or your own adult crafting corner.