A perfect alternative Valentine’s day gift. Why not use a quote or wording that means something to you. Make it personal by adding their name or make in their favourite colours. This project is perfect for beginners, and you can make it as simple or as detailed as you like by choosing different fonts. In this case, bringing fun summery colours to a February day. If you can’t free motion, you can add details by hand in the same way as explained below.
Project and instructions by sewing expert Sophia Palmer from Sew Jessalli.
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Hobbycraft Midi Sewing Machine
Soft Grip Fabric Scissors 25cm
Staedtler Noris HB Pencil
Hemline Sewing Thread 12 Pack
Transparent Shatterproof Ruler 30cm
Pom Pom Makers 4 Pack
Medium Cotton Twine
Wooden Macrame Dowels 2 Pieces
Freudenberg Stitch n Tear
Heat N Bond Iron-On Adhesive Lite
Knitcraft Coral Cotton Blend Plain DK Yarn 100g
Cotton Calico Fabric Pack 152cm x 2m
Cricut Summer Sky Felt 12 x 12 Inches 10 Pack
You will also need:
A computer and Printer
Free-motion Foot Attachment
All sewn edges use a 10mm seam allowance.
Cut a piece of calico measuring 100x30cm. Fold in half, widthways, press and then cut the open edges into a point. Mark the angles with a ruler before chopping them off to check they are equal.
Next using your computer and printer, print off the wording you want. Trace each word on the gluey side of your iron-on adhesive. Go over your lines on the paper backing side too. Roughly cut each word out.
Iron each word onto your chosen felt colours
Cut each word out and peel off the backing paper.
Arrange your wording onto your banner front leaving a space at the top for your dowel (roughly 4cm). Once you’re happy, iron permanently in place.
Carefully sew around each word on your machine or by hand. Make sure you only sew through one side of the banner. Add any other shapes or motifs.
Trace another word onto stitch ’n’ tear and then place over the top of your felt wording. Using free-motion embroidery, sew this on top in a contrasting colour. Then rip away the paper.
Next, make a tassel. Cut lengths of yarn and tie them together in the middle to form a top. Get another piece and wrap around the lengths to make your tassel. Trim any ends or loops
Fold your banner piece right sides together so all the design is on the inside. Place your tassel in the bottom point and pin everything together. Sew 2.5cm from the top fold, all the way around to the other side, leaving a large gap in one long straight edge.
Trim any corners and points then turn the right way through the gap and press flat.
Using your machine sew along the top edge, roughly 2.5cm from the fold, creating a channel for your dowel. Then top stitch all the outer edges for neatness.
Insert your dowel and add ribbon or string to each end for hanging. Then make a couple of pom-poms and tie them onto one end.
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