|Quilted wall hanging with lights|
The first step in adding lights to a quilt is to sew eyelets onto the quilt where you want the lights to go. Count how many bulbs are in your strand of lights, and that's how many eyelets you will need to stitch. On my machine I have can vary the size of the eyelet stitch, and I found that a 7mm eyelet is just perfect. For my witch hat wall hanging, I used an embroidery design that had eyelets as part of the design. I wasn't able to control the placement of the eyelets, but I couldn't resist the fun hat!
|7mm eyelet holes|
Sew the eyelets onto your quilt top, then make your quilt sandwich, quilt it, (add a hanging sleeve), bind it and then you are ready to cut out the holes for the lights.
To cut the holes you will need a grommet/eyelet hole punch kit. (Mine came as part of a button hole kit). The kit comes with the punch tool and a small mat.
|Eyelet hole punch kit|
|Cutting the holes|
|Eyelets with holes cut out|
|Clean the tool|
|Be sure to use fray check on the back|
|Lights that I used|
|Open package of lights|
Untangle and lay your lights out on the back of the quilt with the control box at the bottom of the area where the lights are to be placed.
|Untangle the lights|
Push the bulbs through each hole. You will need to use a little bit of pressure to get the lights to slide through the holes. But remember fabric stretches so they will fit.
|Push lights through the holes|
|Back of quilt.|
|Push fabric down around lights|
This is what the bulbs look like once the O-rings are on.
|O-rings in place|
|Control box with sticky velcro|
Tip: I have found that the sticky velcro doesn't stick to the quilt very well, and over time the box just hangs there. It's not heavy enough to tug on the lights and remove them, but if your wall hanging is going to be on a door (that opens and closes a lot) then I would suggest using some carefully placed hand stitches to secure that velcro in place.
And now the moment you've been waiting for!! Turn the lights on, hang your quilt and enjoy!!