Bring some positivity to your space with Jess Duncan’s sentiment banner.
Good things do take time – such as that super-ambitious project or a beautifully-decorated cake but this project is an exception. This jazzy banner, guaranteed to bring good vibes and positivity, is super simple but has maximum impact. Customise however you want – add more pom poms, switch up the colours and fabrics – and display your favourite quote or song lyric.
Taut fabrics such as canvas work better for the actual banner. For the triangle contrast piece, any good quality cotton fabric will do. You can find a great choice of felt and glitter fabric at either www.paper-and-string.net or www.cloudcraft.co.uk.
How to make an affirmation banner
You will need:
• Canvas fabric
• Cotton fabric
• Wool felt
• Fine glitter fabric
• Felt glue
• Tape measure
• Fine sewing needle
• Large sewing needle
• Co-ordinating embroidery thread
• Sewing machine
• Wooden baton (ours was 0.9 x 21cm)
• Acrylic paint
• Pom pom trim
• Pom pom maker
Cut out the fabric pieces from the templates on page 100. Turn the fabric right sides (RS) down and iron down 1.5cm (5/8”) from each edge. Cut a bondaweb triangle to the same size as your fabric triangle. Place this on top of the banner piece, then put the fabric triangle on top.
Iron over to bond together. Then press and stitch a 1.5cm (5/8”) hem on both sides, followed by the remaining bottom edges.
Fold and iron the top fabric over by 2cm (3/4”) and machine stitch a straight line to create a channel for your dowel. Arrange your letters on the banner then glue in place.
Backstitch around the edges of the letters using one strand of coordinating embroidery floss. Cut your pom pom trim to size and attach to the bottom of the banner using fabric glue.
Section off approximately 2cm (3/4”) of the wooden dowel with masking tape, and paint the edges with acrylic paint. Slot the wooden dowel through the channel at the top of the banner. Thread the ribbon through the holes of the dowel using a large-eyed needle and tie a knot at each end.
Use yarn to make up some pom poms in your chosen colour and size to hang at the side of your banner. Tie a knot around the top of each one and loop around the wooden dowel to secure.
About Jess Duncan
Based in a little pink house in South Wales, Jess designs and creates super-cute accessories for babies and children. In 2014 she started her brand, Noodle Doll Nelly, which has seen her handmade makes being sold as far afield as Hawaii and Australia. www.noodledollnelly.etsy.com