CELEBRATE ANY OCCASION WITH A DIY FABRIC BANNER
When you decorate and celebrate for a holiday or special occasion, making a fabric banner is a simple addition that is fun and simple to make. This is a great project to use up fabric scraps as well.
Are you ready to make your own? Let’s get started! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Material needed to make a Fabric Banner
- Cotton Fabric of your choice
- Medium Weight Interfacing
- Double Fold Bias
- Matching Thread
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter and Mat for cutting your fabric
- Sewing Machine
- “Peace” Cut Files (fill out the form below)
For this particular fabric banner you are going to need:
5 pieces of fabric cut to 4 inches by 12 inches
5 pieces of medium weight interfacing measuring 4inches by 6 inches
Double fold bias tape that is at least 44 inches long
Heat Transfer Vinyl or Fabric with Heat N Bond with the letters of peace cut out
Step 1. Apply your letters
Before we sew things together, we need to apply the letters to the fabric rectangles. I am using Heat Transfer Vinyl that I applied with a Cricut Easy Press. I centered my letter in the upper half of the rectangle and pressed with my easy press for 30 seconds. Then I turned it over and pressed the back for 15 seconds. Let it cool down and peel off the carrier sheet. I like to press on the front, one more time with parchment over the heat transfer vinyl. And I made sure each letter was the same distant below the top of the rectangle before pressing.
Step 2. Build each letter block
To create the letter blocks, fold the rectangles in half, right sides together. Then place the interfacing on top and pin or clip all the layers together. I did not pin mine together and the interfacing shifted. Sew about an 1/8 inch from the edge if you are comfortable sewing that close. Sew around three edges, leaving the top open. You could also sew a 1/4 inch seam allowance if you prefer, they will just be slightly smaller when we turn them inside out.
Trim the edge around the stitches. I am trimming close to 1/16″ from the stitches. Again, you could trim a little farther away if you’d like. One thing to watch out for when trimming really close, is to not rip the stitches out when you’re turning it right side out. I’m choosing to have very little excess so there isn’t much bulk after I turn it right side out.
Turn each letter block right side out and poke out the corners. Be very careful not to rip out the stitching on the sides, and especially the corners. I know from experience (insert face palm emoji).
Press with an iron to make the edges nice and crisp.
Topstitch around the three edges close to the edge, leaving the top open.
Step 3. Assemble the banner
Find the middle of the bias tape and mark with a pin. If you are creating the same “peace” banner as I am, place the “a” letter block in the middle of the bias tape. If you are making a different one, find the block that would be in the middle, or the two blocks that go on either side of the middle marking in the bias tape.
Then place each letter 3 inches from the last letter moving from the middle, out to the end. Clip or pin them in place. At the ends of the bias tape, open the fold, and fold the end in about 1/4″ and then fold closed again.
Now sew along the open ends and edge of the bias tape, close to the edge, to attach the letter blocks into the bias tape.
That’s all there is to it. Now hang it on your wall. I’ve hung them with thumb tacks, in the past, or this time, I used double sided hanging tape.