DIY ‘home sweet home’ banner

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.

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

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

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

1. Cut a piece of fabric to roughly the right size.

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

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.

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

3. On the bottom edge of your fabric, pin up the edges to create a point and a flag shape.

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

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.

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

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 sweatshirthessian bunting.

Home Sweet Home fabric banner (8)

6. Iron on the vinyl. If you don’t have a Cricut, you could try using a fabric marker or paint.

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com7. Cut your dowel to the right length, so it spans the width of your banner and there is about an inch on either side. Drill a hole about a centimetre from each end.

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

8. Thread the dowel through the top hem.

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

10. Thread the brick line through the holes in the dowel.

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

11. Tie a knot in the string on the underside of the dowel.

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

Hang the banner and admire its prettiness.

I’m really pleased with how this project turned out. How do you like it?

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