Do you still receive a lot of cards at Christmas time? One unusual solution to the dilemma of where to display them is this Christmas Card Hanger and of course you get the pleasure of making something useful as well.
It’s made using the ever popular Log Cabin patchwork.
Using the Christmas Card Hanger
Watch this short video to see how easy it is to use:
Two long pieces of log cabin patchwork are joined by a tape or strong ribbon, so that they can hang over a door, displaying cards in e.g. your living room on one side, and in your hall on the other side.
Put up the hanger at the beginning of the Christmas period, and gradually fill with cards as they arrive. As each side can take up to 14 cards, 28 can be displayed in total.
Tuck cards at an angle under a piece of elastic, and support their bottom corner in a triangle pocket.
Can you see how the piece of gold elastic and the triangle pocket are incorporated into the last round of each Log Cabin block?
Insert cards alternately from the left and right sides.
After the celebration is over, simply remove the cards – the hanger can then be stored and reused as often as you like.
This is an ideal project to use up scraps of Christmas fabric left over from other projects – but of course, you could choose a colour scheme to blend with another celebration such as a Golden Wedding, or to go with your decor at any time of the year.
I chose different fabrics (one dark and one light) for the setting triangles on the two sides of my hanger to see the effect – it’s hard to believe that the same mix of fabrics was used for all the Log Cabin blocks.
Full instructions are included in the pattern, which is available form the online Shop.
Making the Christmas Card Hanger
It would be quite difficult to control all these long thin strips of fabric if they were stitched in the conventional way, so Log Cabin patchwork is usually done on a foundation – a piece of backing fabric. Foundation piecing (often done onto a removable paper backing rather than fabric) can be used for lots of other, more complicated designs as well.
In Foundation piecing, the fabric pieces are pinned onto the right side, but the stitching is done from the back, along pre-drawn lines. This gives precise results, but can be a little confusing to start with – it’s a completely different method to the usual 1/4″ seams. If you have never tried foundation piecing before, or struggled with the technique, this project would be a good one to start with as the rectangles are easy to work with – see me demonstrate this on the video below.
To avoid having to draw out all the lines on the foundation fabric, I use a product called Vilene Quickscreen for this, which has a 1 cm grid of blue lines on it. Stitching along every other line guarantees that all the “logs” will end up the same size.
This longer video shows how the fabric is pre-cut to strips of the right length, and then stitched onto the foundation to make the Log Cabin blocks:
As shown in the video, there is actually another way of arranging the Log cabin units to give a different overall design – instructions for both are included in the pattern. You can experiment with the finished units to see which you prefer before making it up.
Some people don’t like covering up the patchwork with cards, and have made the pattern without the elastic & corner triangles to use simply as a wall hanging or table runner.
Would you like to try making this?
The download pattern is available from the online Shop, and comes complete with 14 pages of detailed instructions to help you with every step – and you can watch the video again to help you, of course.