I’m so excited to share this cheery rainbow punch needle pattern with you today!
If you are a beginner, you can even learn punch needle embroidery with this free pattern. Try your hand at a new craft and create a one-of-a-kind art piece with a free punch needle pattern.
Gather Your Supplies
With this pattern and a few supplies, you can get started with punch needle embroidery right away. The required supplies are relatively inexpensive and don’t take up a lot of space.
To get started, you need four things:
- punch needle tool
- bulky weight craft yarn, or 3 ply wool rug yarn
- foundation fabric, like 12 count monk’s cloth
- a q-snap frame, or gripper strip frame
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.
If you need help finding the correct materials, check out this blog post which has all the links you need.
Transfer the Pattern
The next thing to do, after you’ve printed out the pattern, is to transfer the rainbow design to the cloth. There 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 fabric using a light source such as a lightbox or window. Put the printed paper pattern behind the monk’s cloth, hold both up to a window or a lightbox, and you should be able to see the printed pattern lines through the monk’s cloth. Then, just trace the 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 begin.
That post will explain how to thread the punch needle, how to make stitches, how to change colors, and more.
To summarize, here are the steps:
- Transfer the Design. Trace your pattern onto the “wrong” side of the fabric, remembering that it will be reversed when turned over.
- 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”!
- 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.
- Punch the design. Start with the outlines, then fill in the shapes.
- 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.
Wall Hanging Instructions
You can take the rainbow design and frame it as is, turn it into a pillow, or make it into a 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.
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.
If you missed it, here is the link to the pattern again. You can download the pattern file here: Rainbow Punch Needle Pattern
If you make a punch needle piece from this pattern, please tag me on Instagram @sarahmaker_ so I can see!