Oh I am sorry for going AWOL. My computer has been away after breaking down and I haven’t been able to edit photos for a whole month. Of course this means I have a month’s worth of pent up writing.
Something which I haven’t been able to shake from my head is the idea of making some banners for our home. I’ve long been inspired by the suffragette banners and more recently by Secret Holiday Co.
Image credit: Museum of London
I knew that the main project I would be working on is a top-secret not-yet bloggable gift so I decided to indulge my banner love and make my own. Double bonus that I can share it here with you.
Following a lot of staring at fabric I decided I’d go all out on the pattern and chose this piece of vintage sheeting for the background. My pom pom trim was very close in colour to the fabric so I added red ric rac along the top of it to break up the matchiness.
It didn’t take much thought to know I wanted it to say HELL YES. I have an internal check for getting involved with new projects – if it’s not a HELL YES, it’s a no and I really wanted to put this on the wall.
I am so pleased with how it turned out – definitely not one of those designs that was better in my head! The children have put in requests for more banners and I’m hunting for the perfect spot to hang mine.
How to Make Your Own Banner:
1 fat quarter of your chosen fabric
2 sheets of felt in a contrasting colour
Craft glue / pritt stick
Decorative trimmings (I used pom pom trim and ric rac)
30cms of woven tape, colour matched to the fabric or felt
A dry stick or length of dowel
Iron & tea towel
Needle & thread
- Draw a template of your banner.
- Use the template to mark out and cut three banners, one from your background fabric, one from felt and one from the interfacing.
- Follow the interfacing instructions to iron it onto the back of your background fabric.
- Cut out your lettering and use the glue stick to position it on the background fabric.
- Sew around each letter using a zigzag stitch.
- Pin the fabric and the backing felt right sides together. Along the top edge pin your woven tape pointing inside the banner (when you turn it the right way out they will poke out the top).
- Press the seams before you sew.
- Sew around the banner with a scant quarter inch seam. Leave a gap in the side seam to turn the banner out the right way.
- Once you have sewn all but the gap at the side, trim the seam as close as you dare to the stitching.
- Turn the banner the right way out and either top stitch or hand stitch the open side seam.
- Pin your trimmings along the bottom edges and carefully top stitch them on.
- Drill holes in your stick, thread it through the woven tape tabs at the top and the fix your string at either end.