A couple of years ago, I had this great idea for making my own fabric banner. During October and November of that year I had been on a search for fabric banners for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. But all I could find were paper ones. Then I found a blog that had a printout for a paper Thanksgiving one that I really liked. Here is the link for the printouts. I really liked it because the coloring was right to match the Pottery Barn countdown calendar I had, which I will post more about later...
Anyway I had a crazy idea of how to make it with fabric. Of course it kept escalating into bigger things. Mostly I just kept adding layers. So her we go! (Some of the pictures were taken during the day and others during the night. That's why the pictures have different coloring. I would just work on it whenever I could.)
|I bought broadcloth and ironed on Heatbond on the back.|
|I then cut the fabric into 8 1/2 by 11 sheets.|
|I then printed out the letters I had found on the link above onto the fabric. Cool, huh! (I would like to note that they are not water proof. I will need to figure out what I can put on them to make them so.)|
|Now comes layer #2. I bought 2 colors of felt sheets and cut them in half.|
|I then proceeded to apply the pictures to the felt with the Heatbond I had already attached. I then attached more Heatbond to the back of these. (I love the stuff!)|
|This part took a little time and I really think it is the reason that I quit working on it. Anyway, I hand stitched using embroidery floss all the way around the letters. I used 4 different colors, alternating them as I went.|
|I took some green wool felt that I bought off the bolt and cut them down to 12X7. (I think!)|
|I then using the Heatbond I ironed the two felts together. (Layer #3)|
Here is how it sat in my bedroom on the ironing board until a week after Thanksgiving.
Then I finally decided that I really needed to get this done. So I started up again.
|Now I sewed the 2 felt pieces together with a normal stitch. And I sewed around the letter piece in a zigzag stitch. I wanted to avoid fraying on the letter and make sure that nothing was coming up!|
|I cut another set of green 7x12's and attached a layer of Pellon.|
|I then used more of, yep you guessed it, Heatbond to attach the 2 green pieces together. (Layer #4!)|
|Then I sewed a normal stitch all the way around. I then trimmed the edges of those that needed them so that the greens matched up.|
|I measured and then snipped 2 slits at the top.|
|Then I laced ribbon through the slits to connect all the letters.|
|I used Fray Block at the end of the ribbons to help prevent fraying.|
And now for the final product!