Ticker-Tape Elephant Wall Hanging

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Welcome, craft enthusiasts, to a world where creativity and warmth intertwine – the world of quilting. In the tapestry of crafting, quilting stands out as a timeless art form that seamlessly weaves together functionality and aesthetic appeal. The joy of creating something beautiful with your hands, piece by piece, is unparalleled.

Our featured theme, the Ticker-Tape Elephant Wall Hanging, adds a whimsical touch to the world of quilting. This charming project allows crafters to showcase their love for these majestic creatures in a unique and artistic way.

The ticker-tape technique involves using narrow strips of fabric to create intricate designs, giving the elephant a vibrant and textured appearance. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced quilter, this wall hanging project offers a delightful challenge and a beautiful result that will undoubtedly become a focal point in any space.

Simple raw-edge appliqué, free-form placement of fabrics and big stitch accents are all you need to make this lovely wall hanging. Let your coordinated scraps make a statement.

Project Specifications

Skill Level: Beginner
Wall Hanging Size: 40″ x 40″


• Assorted coordinating scraps
• Assorted 21/4″ by 10″–20″ scrap strips to total 175″ when joined for binding
• 13/8 yards cream solid
• 27/8 yards backing
• Batting 48″ x 48″
• Thread
• 1 skein coordinating color embroidery floss or pearl cotton
• Size 5 embroidery needle
• 11/4 yards 18″-wide fusible web
• Basic sewing tools and supplies


Templates located on the included pattern insert.
1. Cut a 40″ x 40″ background A square from cream solid.
2. Cut coordinating scraps into an assortment of rectangles and squares, roughly 2″–4″ wide and 2″–5″ long. Note: These shapes will be cut and resized as you add them to the elephant shape.

Completing the Appliqué

1. Using a water-erasable marker and the pattern provided on the pattern insert, transfer the elephant shape (including eye circle) to the center of the background A square. Note: You may freehand-draw the shape on the background using the pattern as a guide.
2. Using all 6 strands of embroidery floss and the embroidery needle, stitch a large running stitch on the marked lines to outline the shapes.
3. Working in sections on an ironing board or other pressing surface, arrange the shapes inside the stitched line, leaving 1/8″–1/4″ between the fabric scraps and 1/4″ from the stitched outline as shown in Figure 1. Cut and adjust the scraps as needed as you work.

Figure 1

4. Cut pieces of fusible web just large enough to hold shapes in place and apply to the wrong side of each scrap piece. Note: Use pins instead of fusible web to hold pieces in place for arranging and stitching f desired.
5. Remove paper backing and fuse shapes in place to hold.
6. Move to the next work area of the elephant shape. Cut, place and fuse as in previous steps. Continue with this process until the whole elephant shape is filled with fabric scraps, which are temporarily secured to the background.

Completing the Quilt

1. Sandwich the batting between the pieced top and the prepared backing piece; pin or baste layers together to hold.
2. Starting in the center and working to the edges, stitch around each fused shape 1/8″–1/4″ from edges as shown in Figure 2. Trim all loose threads when finished.

figure 2

3. After all shapes have been stitched, stitch a freemotion design to fill in the surrounding background space. Note: Figure 3 shows several easy quilt-design ideas that will work well in this type of project. Trim
backing and batting even with the top.

Figure 3

4. Join the 21/4″-wide binding strips on the short ends to make a strip at least 175″ long; press seams open. Fold the strip with wrong sides together along length and press.
5. Sew binding to the edges, mitering corners and overlapping ends. Fold binding to the back side and stitch in place to finish.

figure 4

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In conclusion, quilting is more than just a craft; it’s a journey of self-expression, creativity, and relaxation. Whether you find joy in the playful Ticker-Tape Elephant Wall, each project tells a unique story and becomes a cherished piece of art. So, gather your fabrics, thread your needles, and let the beauty of quilting unfold before you – a journey filled with warmth, creativity, and the satisfaction of creating something truly special. Happy quilting!

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