Hillarys Blinds are running a brilliant competition at the moment and this DIY fabric banner is my entry.
Bloggers could choose from four fabrics from Hillarys’ new Country Retreat range – I chose the pretty painterly ‘Calluna’ – and we received a square metre for a craft project. That’s not all: the winner gets £1,000! Told you it was good.
There are some great bloggers taking part so I don’t expect to win but I really enjoyed thinking about how best to use the fabric, and finally creating the banner wall art I’ve been wanting to make for ages.
What I used:
♥ fabric (my banner is 27cm wide and 33cm high – random dimensions I know but I went with the size that looked best to my eye!)
♥ wooden dowel (mine was from B&Q, it is 18mm in diameter and 32cm long)
♥ pink neon brick line string (also from B&Q)
♥ Cricut mini cutting machine and black iron-on vinyl for the lettering
♥ sewing machine and needle and thread
1. Cut a piece of fabric to roughly the right size.
2. Pin a hem on the top edge. Mine was about 5cm wide. Just make sure there is enough room for your dowel to slot inside.
3. On the bottom edge of your fabric, pin up the edges to create a point and a flag shape.
4. When you’re happy with the shape, sew the edges. I decided to use a contrasting colour cotton and a straight stitch on the left, right and bottom, and a zigzag stitch along the top edge.
5. Next I did the writing, using my Cricut cutting machine. The fonts I used for this project were ‘Varsity’ and ‘Something to Remember’. For more detail on using the Cricut have a look at my other projects: DIY varsity sweatshirt; hessian bunting.
6. Iron on the vinyl. If you don’t have a Cricut, you could try using a fabric marker or paint.
8. Thread the dowel through the top hem.
10. Thread the brick line through the holes in the dowel.
11. Tie a knot in the string on the underside of the dowel.
Hang the banner and admire its prettiness.
I’m really pleased with how this project turned out. How do you like it?