Bring a smidge of summer cheer to even the tiniest of corners with Allison Sadler’s mini sunshine banner.
Fancy dusting off your sewing machine for a super-quick and easy make? Great stuff – you won’t be disappointed! This colourful little banner is the ideal project to get you in the mood for a spot of stitching, and is a great make to celebrate summer with too.
Banners make a fun alternative to bunting, and are great for bringing a positive message into your space. Try customising one to give as a gift; switching the colours to co-ordinate with your craft corner, or adding your own special message as a reminder to have a good day, no matter where you hang it.
You will need:
Content inside the free gift from Mollie Makes 55
• Felt shapes and letters
• Wooden dowel
• Coloured cotton fabric
• White cotton fabric
• White sewing thread and a needle
• Sturdy black thread to hang your banner
• Banner template
Place the edges of the red and white fabric together and stitch using an 0.5cm (¼”) seam allowance. Iron the seam open for a neat finish.
Trim 1.5cm (5/8“) off the end of the red fabric then fold the banner in half, ready to position the template in place. Draw around the bottom of the template and cut through the two layers at the same time.
Leaving your banner folded and with right sides (RS) together, start your stitching 3cm (1¼”) down from the top edge. Stitch all the way around using a 0.5cm (¼”) seam allowance and finish the other side 3cm (1¼”) away from the top edge too. This will leave a hole for you to turn your banner through and also create a space to insert your doweling later on.
Pull your stitched banner through one of the holes and press with a warm iron to smooth out the seams. Be sure to tuck the raw edges of the holes in to create a neatly finished edge.
Now it’s time for the fun part. Press the pre-cut letters from the felt pieces and position them on the front of your banner. When you’re happy, stick them in place using fabric glue – don’t go too crazy, as a little goes a long way.
Finally, slide the wooden dowel through the holes on either side, tie the string onto each end and your banner is complete. Now find a spot in your workplace or home where you can stand back and admire your colourful creation.
About Allison Sadler
Designer, maker, stylist, blogger and business guru Allison Sadler is happiest when creating beautiful things for her home and her shop – People – in Birmingham. She loves to share her projects through Instagram and her #makeitsewcial hashtag. When not online, she’ll be at the seaside with her family. www.thepeopleshop.co.uk