The hanging cloth banner is one of those projects that could easily turn into a handmade gift.
– duck cloth, canvas or other sturdy material (size only restricted to what you want to create)
– sewing machine
– foam brush
– adhesive letters
– wooden dowel
– ribbon for hanging
Begin by deciding the size you want for the banner. Remember to take into consideration the material you have on hand, the words you want to include on the banner and the size of the letters that you are using.
Add 1″ to the width of your banner to allow for the seam allowance.
From what you have already decided is the height of your banner – add 1″ to the top to allow for stitching and the dowel.
Mark the bottom corners of your hanging cloth banner and add an additional 3 to 4″.
Based on the width of your banner, mark the center point at the bottom.
Connect the marks indicating the bottom corners of the banner and the center point.
Cut along the lines.
Sew along the side and bottom edges. Then, fold the top part back about a 1/2″ and sew across.
Use washi tape to secure the banner to your work table and to add a framed element to the final design.
Carefully place the adhesive letters. Typically letters are centered on a banner such as this. But you can play around with it until you’re in love.
Use the foam brush to cover the banner with your choice of paint. Be careful not to pull up the letters as that will cause the paint to bleed underneath – see proof below.
While the paint is still wet, but not immediately after you’ve painted, peel off the letters. Let the banner dry overnight or as needed.
Taping the ribbon to the end of the dowel will make it super easy to feed through the top of the banner.
Stitch the ribbon together and then rotate it so that the seam is inside the banner.
There was no need to tie the ribbon to the banner because the fabric is so stiff. But, if you’re using a lighter fabric, you may need to secure the position of the ribbon so that it doesn’t warp your banner.
And, ta-da, you’re done!