Thursday, November 17, 2011

How To Make a Holiday (or anyday) Banner

Made another  banner today & decided to write a tutorial on how I did it.
They are so much fun and so easy to make!
I like the fact that I can use up some of the extra stuff I've collected over the years!

This one is for Winter or Christmas but it could be changed up for anytime of the year!

Here's where I started...it looks like a mess but has some reason to it.  My craft area I used to have was in our guest room.  I'm in the process to moving it to our basement.  My husband got out of the hospital yesterday, so I'm using my kitchen table as craft central.
 I'd already cut out enough triangles for 2 banners.  I used burlap for the bottom layer & cotton for the top.  The photo below shows the measurements.
 I folded the top edge of the burlap triangle over about an inch and a half and pressed it down.  Then I cut off the edges on the top.  You'll see why in a minute.
I flipped it over, laid the cotton piece on top, centering it and hot glued it down in each corner.
Then comes the FUN part!  Decorating!  This time I used some wood snowflakes, berry bunches, & red/green/off white gingham ribbon.  I hot glued everything on the top of the double triangles, like the one on the right.
I used heavy jute rope, the length can vary depending on where the banner will be hung.  I used 6.5' for this one, since I'll be selling it.  That way, whoever buys it will have plenty of rope to hang it with. Then, I ran a small bead of glue along the back edge of the burlap triangle to make a sleeve & ran the jute through.
 I tied a piece of the homespun between each triangle & at each end.
Just for something different, I glued a red cardinal & berries in the center of the middle triangle.
I hung it on my old cupboard to take the photos but it would be perfect on a fireplace.


Real easy & fun!  
Could be changed up however you please!

I collect Christmas ornaments, to use in crafting, at the end of each season when they go on sale...I have LOTS!!!!
Wouldn't a banner be cute with mittens & pine cones on it??
I have more fabric cut...I may just try that!

♥'s
Sherry

P.S.  If you'd like to buy one of my banners, I sell them for $22.99 plus shipping & also in my Etsy shop Ties2ThePast.


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13 comments:

  1. This banner is soooo neat. Thank you for the tutorial. I am going over to checkout your Etsy shop.
    So neat to meet another Georgia girl.
    Thank you for following and I am following you as well.
    Ginger
    PS: In what part of Georgia do uou live?

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  2. Your banner looks so pretty on your hutch....I like how you added the homespun ties in between the flags...I've seen so many banners around blogland and etsy, I've just got to try making one for myself sometime soon. Warm Hugs,

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  3. cute! I collected more than a dozen stuffed fabric heart ornaments a few months ago. I've just been waiting to figure out what to do with them.

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  4. oh my goodness, that is so sweet! I didn't realize how easy the banners are to make. Now I'm thinking about my crafts and what I have available to use for making one of these! Thanks for sharing!!

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  5. by the way, I came over from the Sew Darn Crafty link up.

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  6. I didn't realize banners could be so easy to make. I really like yours. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I love the colors you used for your banner -Thanks for the pics tutorial -I like that you hang it across your hutch to give a warm whimsical welcome :-) Saw your post over at Debbie's blog

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  8. The colors you used for your banner is such a attractive and those fabric in background that is best to give a border look. I didn't realize how easy the banners are to make.

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  9. Very cute banner. I like how you have your triangles close together - I'm always debating which way to go.

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving, inviting you to share your project with us at
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/11/happy-thanksgiving-2011.html
    Have a fabulous shopping weekend.
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

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  11. WoW! I love your banners. I've made cloth & paper banners before but I ADORE how you added 3d elements like the bird & the berries. Lovely!

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  12. Love it Sherry, the berries and cardinal especially. I'm featuring it on this week's A Crafty Soiree, thanks for linking up!

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