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Free Punch Needle Pattern – Modern Rainbow Wall Art

Learn how to do punch needle embroidery with this free punch needle pattern. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fiber artist, I think you’ll love this modern rainbow punch needle pattern.

I’m so excited to share this happy rainbow punch needle pattern with you today. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to punch needle, this free pattern is the perfect place to start.

I hope you’ll try your hand at a new craft and create a beautiful punch needle pillow or wall hanging.

punch needle pattern with punch needle tool and yarn

Punch Needle Supplies

One of the things I love about punch needle is that you don’t need a whole lot of supplies to get started. In fact, the required materials are relatively inexpensive and don’t take up a lot of space. Here are the things you need to make this project.

Punch Needle Supplies

And of course, you’ll need the free rainbow pattern. You can download the pattern file here: Rainbow Punch Needle Pattern

You’ll also want basic craft supplies like scissors and a permanent marker to transfer the pattern to your fabric.

If you want to finish this pattern as a wall hanging with fringe (as shown in the photos), you’ll also need extra yarn to make the fringe, a crochet hook or rug hooking tool to help attach the fringe, and a 16” long dowel rod to hang the piece.

Beginner’s Tip: The correct materials are crucial to the success of this project. If you are experiencing any problems with your punch needle project (like your yarn won’t stay in, for example) it’s likely you have the wrong type of monk’s cloth or yarn.

If you need help finding the correct materials, check out this blog post which more information about punch needle supplies and all of the shopping links you need.

punch needle embroidery rainbow project

Transfer the Pattern

After you’ve downloaded the free rainbow pattern, print it out and tape the pieces of paper together.

Then, it’s time to transfer the design to the foundation fabric. Here are a few ways to transfer the printed pattern onto your monk’s cloth.

Simple Tracing Method

You can transfer the designs directly onto the monk’s cloth fabric using a light source such as a lightbox or window. To do this, put the printed paper pattern behind the monk’s cloth, and hold both of them up to a window or a lightbox.

If the light is bright enough, you should be able to see the printed pattern lines through the monk’s cloth fabric. Then, all you’ll need to do is trace the pattern lines onto the monk’s cloth with a permanent marker.

Carbon Paper Transfer

You can also transfer the pattern with carbon tracing paper. To transfer a design using transfer paper, lay the fabric face-up on a hard surface. Center the transfer paper over the fabric, with the waxy side down, and place the pattern on top of the transfer paper.

Transfer the design to the fabric by tracing the lines with a ball-point pen. Be sure to press hard enough with the pen to transfer the design to the fabric through the layers of paper.

How to Make a Punch Needle Wall Hanging

If this is your first time doing punch needle embroidery, I encourage you to take a minute and read my Beginner’s Guide to Punch Needle first, which will give you a more in-depth explanation of how to punch needle. If you need help learning how to thread a punch needle tool, how to make stitches, or how to change colors, go ahead and check out that article first.

Here are the steps for punch needle embroidery:

  1. Transfer the Design. Trace your pattern onto the “wrong” side of the fabric, remembering that it will be reversed when turned over.
  2. Stretch the Fabric. Stretch the monk’s cloth foundation fabric on the frame. It is important to stretch the fabric tightly in the frame or hoop for best results — think “tight as a drum”!
  3. Thread the Needle Tool. You can thread the Amy Oxford punch needle by hand — first by threading the yarn through the eye of the needle and then pulling the yarn up through the slot in the handle.
  4. Punch the design. Start with the outlines, then fill in the shapes.
  5. Finish. When you’re done punching, simply trim your thread, leaving a small tail on the “right” side of your work. Remember, no knots are needed. Use scissors to trim any yarn tails to match the height of the loops.
rainbow punch needle emnbroidery wall hanging

Punch Needle Finishing Techniques

Once you’ve punched the rainbow design, it’s time to decide how to display the piece.

You can hang it on your wall as a one-of-a-kind piece of fiber art. You can add fringe to turn it into a textured wall hanging. Or, you can sew it into a decorative pillow. For more information about making punch needle pillows, check out this tutorial: How to Make a Punch Needle Pillow.

Wall Hanging Instructions

Here is how to turn your rainbow design into a punch needle wall hanging with fringe.

To Finish the Edges

Trim the monk’s cloth so that you have about 2-3” seam allowance on the left, bottom, and right sides. Leave a little more, about 4”, on the top side.

For the left, right, and bottom sides: Place the wall hanging right side down. Fold the seam allowances in half toward the piece, and then fold them over once again onto the back of the piece. (This will enclose the raw edges of the monk’s cloth in the fold.) Then, with a needle and thread, whipstitch the seam allowance to the back of the piece. Make the stitches shallow enough that they won’t show through to the front side.

For the top side: Finish the top side in a similar way, after you’ve done the other three sides. Leave the sides open, so that you can slide a dowel rod through the folded sleeve allowance.

using a crochet hook to finish a punch needle embroidery piece with fringe

To Add Fringe

Cut 30” long lengths of yarn. Once they are attached, the fringe will be 15” long. (You can make your fringe longer or shorter as desired.)
Use a crochet hook or a rug hooking tool to help you thread the yarn through the holes in the monk’s cloth. Pull the ends of each yarn piece even, so that it will give you 15” fringe.

finished punch needle wall embroidery wall hanging with fringe

If you missed it, here is the link to the pattern again. You can download the pattern file here: Rainbow Punch Needle Pattern

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Punch Needle Wall Art

Punch Needle Wall Art

Yield: 1
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to make a modern rainbow punch needle wall art piece and finish it with fringe.

Materials

  • monk's cloth fabric
  • wool rug yarn or bulky weight craft yarn
  • wooden dowel for haning

Tools

  • punch needle tool
  • q snap frame or gripper strip frame
  • scissors

Instructions

Punch the Rainbow Design

  1. Transfer the pattern design onto the “wrong” side of the fabric, remembering that it will be reversed when turned over.
  2. Stretch the monk’s cloth foundation fabric on the frame. It is important to stretch the fabric tightly in the frame or hoop for best results — think “tight as a drum”!
  3. Thread the needle tool with yarn.
  4. Start by punching in the outlines of the shapes. Then, fill in the shapes.
  5. Trim your thread, leaving a small tail on the “right” side of your work. Use scissors to trim any yarn tails to match the height of the loops.


To Make a Wall Hanging

  1. Trim the monk’s cloth so that you have about 2-3” seam allowance on the left, bottom, and right sides. Leave a little more, about 4”, on the top side.
  2. Fold the sides and bottom seam allowances in half toward the piece, and then fold them over once again onto the back of the piece. Whipstitch down to secure.
  3. Finish the top seam allowance in the same way, but leave the sides open so that you can slide a dowel rod through the folded sleeve allowance.

To Add Fringe

  1. 1. Cut 30” long lengths of yarn. Use a crochet hook or a rug hooking tool to help you thread the yarn through the holes in the monk’s cloth. Pull the ends of each yarn piece even, so that it will give you 15” fringe.

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