This sweet banner is perfect for adding a sweet touch to your decor for Valentine’s Day. Also- learn a quick and easy way to add a pattern to your favorite hand-dyed velveteen or wool.
I love making sweet little pretty things to decorate my house. A home should be full of things that remind you of happiness and joy. For me, handmade bits are the perfect way to do that. A few days ago I found myself pondering an open space on my studio wall, wondering what I should make to fill it. I remembered a favorite but no longer on display art banner that I used to have displayed. It was so fun using the same “canvas” to create on each month and watching the collection grow and grow. I decided to revisit the idea, this time with a mixed media stitchery them. And what fun would it be to do that alone? None! That’s why each month I’ll be sharing a full step-by-step tutorial and pattern with your for free so that you can join in and stitch along with me!
A new year a new stitch along…
There is just one problem… starting a monthly stitch along feels a little off when starting it in February. So instead, of waiting a full year to do January’s banner, I plan to do it this month also so that when December comes, we’ll have a full year of banners to display.
Each month’s banner will include a few of my favorite things… posies, polka dots, buttons, scallops, and gingham to name just a few! And because I love techniques using inks and paints, there will be a few of those mixed in as well. For example, this month I’m showing you how to use stencils and ink on fabric to create a totally custom look!
Each month there will be a blog post with the full step-by-step project instructions. A printable version of the instructions will be available to download on the blog. There will also be a downloadable pattern that you will get from the free patterns section of my shop. And as always, I will have a supply list at the bottom of the tutorial with shopping links to help you locate and gather supplies.
Are you ready to get going on the first banner? Let go!
Handmade Heartfelt February Banner Supplies:
- Banner and Heart Pattern Download
- Linen: Week’s Dye Works Linen 36 ct- Linen (or Weeks Dye Works Weavers Cloth- Linen)
- Wool: Week’s Dye Works Wool: 2109 Morris Blue, 1115 Banana Popsicle, 2176HB Meadow Herringbone
- Batting: Warm Company- Warm & Soft Cotton Batting
- Velveteen: Lady Dot Creates Hand-dyed Velveteen- Paperwhites
- Fabric: scrap of choice
- Ribbon: Lady Dot Creates Hand-dyed Ribbon- Vintage
- Embroidery Floss: Sulky 12 wt Cotton- 1176 Md Dk Avocado, 1071 Off White
- Hand-dyed Buttons: Just Another Button Company- Champagne Party Pack
- Handmade Buttons: Just Another Button Company- 1254.t Tiny Bumble Bee, 4707 February Tag
- Etched Metal Charms: Tammy Tutterow for Crafter’s Edge Made with Love Etched Metal Embellishment
- Die Cutting Dies: Tammy Tutterow for Crafter’s Edge Posey Flowers 1
- Stencil: Tammy Tutterow for StencilGirl- PolkaParty
- Ink: Imagine VersaCraft- color of choice (I used VK12-11 Chiffon Multicolor pad) or Memento Luxe ink
- Ink Dauber: Imagine Sponge Dauber
- Adhesive: Therm O Web HeatnBond EZ Print or HeatnBond Lite
- Tools: Scissors, Pinking Shears, Iron, Ironing Surface, needles, thread, sewing machine, pressing cloth
- Die cutting machine: Crafter’s Edge Crossover 2 or Sizzix Big Shot (if using a Big Shot, you will need a Crafter’s Edge Metal Adapter)
Handmade Heartfelt Banner Instructions:
Print or trace the pattern for the banner on the paper side of HeatnBond or other fusible adhesive. Iron the banner pattern onto the back side of your base fabric (I am using Week’s Dye Works 36 ct linen in “Linen”. Cut the banner out along the solid pattern line.
Note: I used linen for my banner but you could also replace that with a woven cotton. I love Week’s Dye Works Weavers Cloth in “Linen” (the color) for a visually pretty woven fabric at a much lower price.
Print or trace the pattern for the banner a second time. Iron this banner onto the back of a piece of white cotton batting (I prefer Warm & Soft brand).
Use pinking shears to cut the banner out. Cut just outside the solid line so that the batting banner is slightly larger than the fabric (linen) banner.
Print or trace the heart banner onto the paper side of HeatnBond. Iron the heart onto the back side of a piece of velveteen or felted wool.
Cut the heart out along the solid line.
Stenciling on Velveteen & Wool…
Place the heart face up on your work surface (HeatnBond side down). Place the large dot side of the Polka Party stencil over the top of the heart. You can tape the stencil to your work table to keep it in place if needed.
Use a foam ink dauber to apply ink to the fabric through the stencil. Lightly ink the dabber and use a pouncing motion to apply the ink to the fabric. The first layer of ink will be light. Apply as many layers as desired to achieve the color intensity desired.
I prefer to use Imagine VersaCraft or Memento Luxe inks of fabric. It is a fabric ink that applies nicely without changing the texture or look of the fabric surface.
Lift the stencil off the fabric and wipe clean with a baby wipe or damp cloth.
The ink must be heat set to make it permanent. To do this, simply lay a clean dry towel or pressing cloth over the stenciled fabric and iron it with a dry (no steam) iron. Use the heat setting on your iron that is appropriate to the stenciled fabric.
Assembling the banner…
Remove the HeatnBond paper backing from the fabric banner piece. Leave the HeatnBond paper backing on the back of the batting banner. Lay the fabric banner on top of the batting banner. Iron the pieces to fuse them together.
Remove the HeatnBond paper backing from the back of the heart. Place the heart in the center of the assembled banner. Iron the heart to fuse it in place to the assembled banner.
Remove the HeatnBond paper backing from the back side of the assembled banner. Use a needle and coordinating embroidery floss to add a blanket stitch around the edge of the heart stitching through all the layers.
Adding beaded posies & leaves…
Die cut two leaves from Meadow Herringbone wool using the Posey Flowers 1 die set. Pin the two leaves in place along the left center edge of the heart.
UPDATE 2/8/19: I used dies from my Heartfelt Stitches collection from Crafter’s Edge. If you do not have a die cutting machine, I have included an alternate leaf and flower shape on the pattern sheet. They are not the exact same shape as the ones shown in this tutorial but are the same size.
Use a needle and coordinating floss to add a running or back stitch to stitch through the center of each leaf from the base to the tip.
Die cut several tiny flowers from Morris Blue and Banana Popsicle wool using the smallest flower die from the Posey Flowers 1 die set. (My sample uses 11 blue and 7 yellow flowers.)
Use small glass or plastic pearl bead as a flower center. To attach the flower, lay the flower in the desired place on the heart. Stitch up through the back of the banner, through the heart, and through the center back of the flower. With your needle and thread all the way through the flower, slide a bead onto the needle. Pierce the tip of the needle through the center of the flower next to your first stitch. Take the needle to the back of the banner. As you pull your floss, it will snug up against the bead and hold it securely to the center of the flower.
Continue the same process for additional flowers. Arrange the single flowers close together so that they look like a cluster of hydrangea blooms.
Sweet little finishing details…
Tuck an etched metal charm under the bottom edge of the flower cluster. Stitch it in place.
Create a fluffy bow using a contrasting ribbon. Tuck the bow into the left side of the flower cluster on top of the leaves. Stitch it in place to secure it.
If you need help with making a bow, check out my free Fluffy Bow Tutorial and Tool Template.
And of course, what is a cluster of sweet posies without an adorable bumble bee hovering nearby?
Adding the banner backing…
Select a scrap of fabric for a backing to your banner. I used a scrap of vintage ticking. A thicker fabric like this one is a nice choice because it adds a solid foundation to the finished banner which keeps it from looking saggy or floppy. The backing will hide all your stitches and will create a nice finished look for the back of the banner.
Lay the assembled banner HeatnBond side down on your fabric. Heat with an iron to fuse the banner and fabric together taking care to not iron too closely to the handmade button.
Use scissors to trim the fabric next to the banner leaving a slight margin of the fabric to show. If you prefer to not have any of the backing fabric show, trim right along the edge of the banner.
Machine stitch along the edge of the assembled banner about 1/4″ from the edge.
Sew a button to the two top corners of the banner. We’ll use the buttons along with ribbon or twine to attach future banners to this one.
One final touch that I think is a “must” for a monthly series like this one, adding a small tag to the banner showing what month it represents. This tag is one of my favorites for doing just that. It is a handmade hand-stamped polymer clay button from Just Another Button Company (linked in the supply list).
Wasn’t that fun?
Isn’t this just the sweetest little banner? I think it is such a pretty and pink and wonderful way to celebrate February, don’t you?
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