I’ve been exploring Berlin for about a year and a half, and I’m pleased to say I’m starting to get the hang of it. Sure, I still use Google Maps for a lot of the places I go, but I also have my favorite places which I can find with my eyes… open. This time of the year I’m cycling almost everywhere but in the cold Berlin winter, the U-bahn (aka subway) is a must. Luckily, the stations here are almost always pretty, with pastel colored tiles and inspiring typography. A little bit of this and a little bit of that led to me designing an illustrated map of the Berlin subway. It features some of my favorite places for eating and hanging out (lots of parks!) but it’s not comprehensive.
I wanted to simply print the map on paper and hang it somewhere, but the opportunity arose for it to become a cool wall tapestry, thanks to Spoonflower! If you’re not familiar, Spoonflower is a company that allows anyone to design their own fabric. Whaaat? Ever wanted to sew a cuteness of a pillow cover or, say, a cactus print skirt? Then you know finding the right fabric can be a total drag. Spoonflower has dozens and dozens of gorgeous designs available, and if that’s not enough, you can just make your own! It’s so cool to act as a pattern designer even for a day! I already have a bunch of other ideas which I’d like to try out with this ultimate customizing option. Here is how I transformed a digital illustrated map into a wall tapestry that now hangs above my bed:
What you need:
- fat quarter organic cotton sateen ultra in Berlin map
- hemming web
No-sew map wall tapestry
For this project, you can use the map design you see in the pictures, another design that fits your taste, or you can design your own and have it printed on Spoonflower. The fabric I picked is organic cotton sateen ultra — I wanted something natural so I can iron it, but also lightweight so that it hangs nicely. You can, of course, pick a fabric that better suits your taste if you like.
Once you have your fabric, iron it to remove any creases. Then cut a frame around the fabric, the same width as your hemming web. My hemming web was 30 mm wide, which I cut in half to get a 15 mm width. Consequently, I cut a 15 mm frame all around the map design. You will need two lengths of hemming web for the long edges, and two for the short edges.
Read the instructions on your hemming web first, as they might be slightly different. On the back of the fabric, position the coated side of the hemming web, just under the white frame. Iron it in place on the wool setting of your iron. Then remove the backing paper and fold over the hem. Iron with a damp towel on top and allow to cool.
Repeat for all four sides of the fabric and that’s it! Your wall tapestry is ready to hang! You can do that with thumbtacks, pins or small nails.