Every time I passed that Target end cap, the cute spring banners almost jumped into my basket of their own accord. But somehow, every time one thought compelled me to put them back on the shelf, the thought that "I could make this!"
It's a thought that can often lead an enthusiastic crafter astray. But fear not - today's project really is as easy as they come, and the end results can't be beat! You can make these banners with any phrase of importance to you - honestly, that's the hardest part, just narrowing down the quote options!
Once you've decided, you'll be able to whip up a couple of these in one afternoon. Here's what you'll need:
- White cotton fabric - or really, any color of cotton fabric! For your message to be most readable, I recommend keeping it a solid color.
- Scissors and a ruler
- A piece of copy paper for your pattern
- Craft glue
- Sharpie paint pens, or fabric paint, or a metalic fabric marker, like the copper one I used, that I bought at Joanns. Here's the closest paint I could find on Amazon.
- A small stick from the backyard, or wood skewers, like you'd use for grilling
- Embroidery thread for tassels and hanging
- Pencil, or water soluble pen
Step 1: Make your pattern by marking the center of your piece of paper, and using your ruler to measure up the sides of the paper and connect the dots to mark the triangle sections you'll cut off.
Step 2: Fold your fabric over so that you can cut out two identical pieces at the same time, and place your banner pattern on top. Then, cut out the two pieces.
Step 3: Glue the two pieces together, staying very close to the edges. Glue all the edges together except for the top - leave the top of banner open, so that when the glue dries, you can turn the whole thing inside out. Yes, you could sew the edges, but ain't nobody got time for that.
Step 4: While the glue is drying, make some tassels! These are super easy. Just wrap some thread around your fingers until you have the thickness you'd like.
Slide the thread off your hand, and tie a small piece of thread around it, like so. This will be the top of your tassel.
Then, wrap thread around the tassel a small distance from the top, and tie the ends of the thread together to secure it.
Cut the loop at the bottom of the tassel, and fluff up the threads.
Super easy! Here's another tutorial, just in case.
Step 5: Now that your glue hem has dried, turn the banner inside out to have nice finished edges. Add some glue to the top edge, and fold it over. This will be the back of the banner.
Step 6: Cut two 1 inch wide strips of fabric, and fold them in half. Then glue the ends down to the back of the banner.
Step 7: Now for the fun part! Write your message or draw your design on the front of your banner. I drew mine on paper first, and traced it onto the fabric with the light from a window. I used a water soluble pen, so I could just dab off the blue after I was finished with the painting.
I traced the letters on one banner with my copper fabric marker, and use my gold Sharpie paint pen on the other. I LOVE how both turned out!
Step 8: I did break out the needle and thread to sew on the tassels. Just a couple stitches through the top should do it.
Step 9: Then I slid one banner onto a wooden skewer, after cutting off the pointy end. I hung the other one from a stick from the backyard - a stick that had a previous life as a wizard wand. I tied some embroidery thread to the stick and the skewer for hanging.
This was so much more satisfying than just buying a cheap banner from Target! I'm officially hooked. I'd love to try embroidering on one next, or using navy blue fabric with white fabric paint, or experimenting with pompoms and tassels. There's so many options, I just might need one in every room!
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