I am so excited to share the latest banner in my Handmade Heartfelt Banner series. This banner is inspired by the month of June. It is a smaller version of a heart design I did last year that was inspired by my daughter’s June wedding. I’ve used her wedding colors, but you could easily change the colors to make it your own.
I love all the symbolism in this banner. Two sweet bluebirds sit on the banner kissing to symbolize true love. Pearl beads symbolize timelessness and oak leaves symbolize strength. I love that the different elements have so much meaning while combining to create a pretty piece of art.
June Handmade Heartfelt Banner Supplies:
- Pattern: June Handmade Heartfelt Banner
- Die Cutting Dies (optional): Tammy Tutterow for Crafter’s Edge- D1008 Posey Flowers #2, D1009 Posey Flowers #3; Crafter’s Edge 1087 Mini Circles
- Fabric: banner sized scrap of choice
- Linen: Week’s Dye Works Linen 36 ct- Linen (or Weeks Dye Works Weavers Cloth- Linen)
- Wool: Week’s Dye Works Wool- 1096 Snow Cream, 1155 Blue Heron, 1191 Dried Sage, 2176HB Meadow (Herringbone)
- Batting: Warm Company- Warm & Soft Cotton Batting
- Ribbon/trim: 24″ of twine, ribbon, or other trim
- Embroidery Floss: Sulky 12 wt Petite Cotton Thread- 1082 Ecru, 4014 Ocean Blue, 1047 Mint Green
- Hand-dyed Buttons: Just Another Button Company- Champagne Snack Pack, 6 A4 Butter Hand-dyed Buttons (alternate- Champagne Sprinkles Pack)
- Handmade Buttons: Just Another Button Company- (2) Small Bluebird, (2) Medium Green Oak Leaf, and June Tag
- Beads: Mill Hill Petite Seed Beads- 40123 Cream, 40161 Crystal
- Filler: Wool Roving or fiberfil
- Adhesive: Therm O Web HeatnBond EZ Print or HeatnBond Lite, Fabric Fuse
- Tools: Scissors, Pinking Shears, Iron, Ironing Surface, #8 embroidery needles, beading needles, #00 beading thread, sewing machine, air dissolve pen
June Handmade Heartfelt Banner Instructions:
Print or trace the pattern pieces onto the paper side of HeatnBond EZ Print Lite (if tracing, use HeatnBond Lite).
Use an iron to fuse each pattern piece onto the back side of the corresponding wool:
- Cut one banner from cotton batting and one banner from linen. Cut the batting banner out with pinking shears, cutting just outside the solid pattern line.
- Cut one small heart from cotton batting and one small heart from wool. Cut the batting heart out with pinking shears, cutting just outside the solid pattern line.
- Cut all the remaining pieces from wool.
If you prefer, the small flowers, leaves, and circles can be cut with dies. The leaf is comparable to the small leaf in my Crafter’s Edge D1008 Posey Flowers #2 die set. The small flower is comparable to the small daisy in my D1009 Posey Flowers #3 die set. The small circles are comparable to the 1/4″ circle die strip in the Crafter’s Edge Q1087 Mini Circle die set.
Remove the paper HNB (HeatnBond) backing from the small wool heart. Layer the wool heart on top of the cotton batting heart. The pinked edge on the batting layer should extend past the edge of the wool heart. Use an iron to fuse the two layers together.
Remove the paper HNB backing from the back of the large heart. Layer the heart on top of the scallop heart. Use an iron to fuse the two layers together.
Remove the paper HNB backing from the back of the linen banner. Layer the linen banner on top of the batting banner. The pinked edge of the batting banner should extend past the edge of the linen banner. Use an iron to fuse the two layers together.
Use a ruler and an air dissolve pen to draw a diagonal line across the center of the small heart.
Continue adding lines spaced about 1/2″ apart.
Remove the paper HNB backing from the back of the batting layer. Use coordinating thread or floss to stitch along the lines using a backstitch or split stitch.
Use a ruler and air dissolve marker to add diagonal lines 1/2″ apart. The new set of lines should cross the stitched lines creating a square or diamond shape.
Use coordinating thread or floss to stitch along the lines using a backstitch or split stitch.
After stitching, place the assembled small heart on top of the assembled large heart. Use an iron to fuse the two hearts together.
Remove the paper HNB backing from the back of the scallop heart.
Use coordinating thread or floss to add a blanket stitch to the edge of the small heart. Use the dips in the pinked edge as a spacing guide for your stitches. As you tighten your stitches, keep the loop part of the backstitch behind the peak of the pinked edge.
Place the assembled heart on top of the banner. Use an iron to fuse the two pieces together.
Remove the paper HNB backing from the back of the banner.
Use coordinating thread or floss to add a blanket stitch to the edge of the large heart.
Lightly iron over the scallops to reheat the HeatnBond. While warm, gently lift the scallops up so that they are not fused flat onto the banner.
Use a beading needle and beading thread to stitch beads to the center heart. Stitch three pearl petite seed beads to each intersection of the diagonal lines.
Use a beading needle and beading thread to stitch beads to each valley in the scallop edge of the large heart. Stitch a cluster of three crystal petite seed beads to each valley.
Press your backing fabric. Place the assembled heart/banner piece on top of the wrong side of the backing fabric. Use an iron to fuse the two pieces together taking care to not fuse or flatten the scallop edge.
Machine stitch along the edge of the banner about 1/8″ to 1/4″ from the banner’s edge taking care to life the scallops out of the way of the stitching.
Trim the backing fabric so that it is slightly larger than the pinked edge of the batting banner.
Remove the HNB backing paper from the three “ribbon” pieces. Use coordinating thread or floss to add a blanket stitch along the edges of the three pieces.
NOTE: Although these pieces have HNB on the back of them, they will not be fused in place. The HNB adds extra structure and dimension to the pieces.
TIP: After stitching, you may want to press the pieces to smooth them out. To do that, place one of the discarded pieces of HNB backing paper slick side up. Place the three ribbon pieces HNB side down on the HNB backing paper. The HNB on the back of the pieces will not stick to the slick side of the HNB backing paper when heated with the iron. This allows you to iron them without fusing them to anything.
Lay the main ribbon piece across the heart. The ribbon should go about 1/3 of the way down from the top of the heart. When in place, the ends of the main ribbon piece should match up the the sides of the heart.
Slip the two ribbon end pieces under the left and right tips of the main ribbon piece. Secure in ribbon pieces in place with a few small stitches where pieces overlap at the edge of the heart.
Place three leaves on top of the left side of the ribbon. Place the leaves on top of spot where the two ribbon pieces overlap along the edge of the heart. Secure each leaf in place with a simple straight stitch through the center of each leaf. (Shown in light color thread for demonstration.)
Add one Oak Leaf button at the top point of the ribbon. Place the leaf so that it is pointing upward.
Cluster the flowers over the tip of the leaves and Oak Leaf button. Each flower should be made up of a flower, a round center, and a small button.
Repeat the steps for the leaves, leaf button, and flowers for the right side of the heart.
Place two small bluebird buttons beak to beak on the heart. Place them so that they look as if they are sitting on the ribbon.
Add a June Tag button at the lower right corner of the banner.
Add a Champagne hand-dyed button at the top left and top right corners of the banner.
Cut two 12″ pieces of twine. Tie the twine around the two buttons as shown in the January Handmade Heartfelt Banner Tutorial.
I simply adore the added touch of “wow” that the tiny buttons add to the heart. I chose pearl buttons as a reminder of the pearls my daughter wore at her wedding. I chose crystal buttons for their shimmer and for the diamonds in her ring.
The Oak Tree is one of the strongest trees. I love the thought that every mighty oak starts as a tiny acorn. My greatest wish for my daughter and son-in-law on their wedding day was that their love would continue to grow into something as mighty and strong as an oak tree. The Oak Leaf buttons are the perfect reminder of that wish.
PS. In case you missed any of the previous Handmade Heartfelt Banner Tutorials and Patterns, you can find them here: Handmade Heartfelt Banner Tutorials and Patterns.