Get ready to get to stitching! The March Handmade Heartfelt Banner is here and it is packed with fun dimension!
I simply adore the way the March Handmade Heartfelt Banner came together. It captures some of the elements I love most about the Month of March. It also includes some really fun dimensional elements that are so easy to create!
Every March the very first bloom I see in my garden is my Lenten Rose. This lovely is the sweetest shade of lavender with bits of green. To represent them, I used hand-dyed velveteen (linked in the supply list below) and added additional shading with fabric inks.
This flower shape could also be used to represent crocus or tulips. Simply change the color to customize the flower to represent your favorite March bloom.
I also added a couple of little hanging flowers as a nod to a sweet little cluster of Lily of the Valley in my spring garden. And of course, what is a March banner without a few four leaf clovers, cream lace as a nod to Irish Lace, and a bit o’ gold too?
March Banner Supplies:
- March Handmade Heartfelt Banner Pattern
- 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 Snowcream, 2191 Granny Smith, 2176 Meadow, 2176HB Meadow Herringbone
- Velveteen: Lady Dot Creates Hand-dyed Velveteen- Lilacs, Paper Whites
- Batting: Warm Company- Warm & Soft Cotton Batting
- Ribbon/trim: Lady Dot Creates Hand-dyed Lace- Nilla, Hand-Dyed Ribbon- Vintage; 24″ of twine, ribbon, or other trim
- Embroidery Floss: Sulky 12 wt Petite Cotton Thread- 1001 Bright White, 1510 Lime Green, 1031 Medium Orchid
- Hand-dyed Buttons: Just Another Button Company- Champagne Snack Pack
- Handmade Buttons: Just Another Button Company- 1142.l Large Yellow Butterfly, 1044.s Small Green Nancy’s Heart, 4696 Gift Tag, 4708 March Tag
- Beads: Mill Hill Petite Seed Beads- 42019 Crystal Honey
- Flower Stamens: Rose Mille, Etsy
- Filler: Wool Roving or fiberfil
- Stencil: Tammy Tutterow for StencilGirl- Mad For Plaid Two-Step Stencil
- Ink: Tsuikneko/Imagine VersaCraft Ink- Chiffon, sponge dauber
- 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, pressing cloth, clover clips
March Banner Instructions:
Print (or trace) the pattern pieces onto the paper side of Heat n Bond. (I use Heat n Bond EZ Print in my inkjet printer to make it quick and easy. The package will instruct you to flip the image, but you don’t need to since there is nothing directional in this pattern.)
Cut each piece out, leaving a small margin around the edges.
Use an iron to adhere one banner piece to the back side of your banner fabric. (I am using Weeks Dye Works Linen in “Linen”.)
Use an iron to adhere the second banner piece to a piece of white cotton batting.
Cut the banner out along the solid pattern line. Remove the Heat n Bond (HNB) paper backing.
Cut the batting layer out with pinking shear just outside the solid pattern line. Do not remove the paper Heat n Bond backing.
Remove the paper backing from the the fabric banner piece. Lay that piece on the the front side of the batting. Use an iron to fuse the two pieces together.
Stenciling on Wool:
Adhere the heart pattern piece to green wool or felt. (I am using Weeks Dye Green Apple wool.) Cut the piece out along the solid pattern line. Do not remove the paper HNB backing.
Optional: Use my Mad for Plaid Two-Step Stencil to add a subtle tone-on-tone pattern to the wool. To do this, lay the stencil over the heart. Use a small dauber to apply a green fabric ink (I am using Tsukineko VersaCraft ink) to the wool through the stencil. You may find it helpful to use tape to hold the stencil in place as you apply the ink. Use a light brushing motion to apply the ink to the wool.
Lift the stencil off to see the pattern.
Flip the stencil to the other set of lines and apply the vertical strips.
When you have applied both sets of stripes, you will have a plaid pattern. Place a clean cloth over the wool and iron to set the ink.
March Banner Assembly:
Adhere the “ruffle” heart pattern piece to cream wool or felt. (I am using Weeks Dye Snow Cream wool.) Cut the piece out along the solid pattern line. Do not remove the paper HNB backing.
Apply a thin line of fabric glue about 1/4″ – 1/2″ from the edge of the wool piece.
Lay a piece of lace around the edge of the heart on top of the line of glue. Place the lace so that the edge of it matches the edge of the wool piece. Use clips to hold the lace in place while the glue dries. (Lace shown: Nilla hand-dyed lace from Lady Dot Creates.)
Adhere the flower pattern pieces to the back side of two different colors of velveteen. (I used Paper Whites and Lilac from Lady Dot Creates.) Cut each flower out along the solid pattern lines. Do not remove the paper HNB backing.
Use a small sponge dauber to apply ink to the flowers to add shading. On the white flowers, I added a green ink along the rounded edge and a yellow ink to the pointed edges. On the lavender flowers I added a darker purple at the base of the flowers and yellow at the pointed edges.
Place a clean pressing cloth over the flowers. Heat with an iron to set the ink.
Adhere the shamrock pattern pieces to green wool. (I used Weeks Dye Works Meadow wool.) Cut out each piece along the solid pattern line. Do not remove the paper HNB backing.
Adhere the leaf pattern pieces to green wool. (I used Weeks Dye Works Meadow Herringbone wool.) Cut out each piece along the solid pattern line. Do not remove the paper Heat n Bond backing.
Assembling the Heart:
Remove the HNB paper backing from the back side of the green heart.
Layer the green heart on the center of the ruffle/lace heart. Use an iron to fuse the two layers together.
Use coordinating floss to add a blanket stitch around the edge of the green heart. Because there are several layers, it may be hard to stitch through all layers with your blanket stitch. The blanket stitch is just for decoration and does not need to secure the layers together. You may find it easiest to add your stitches through just the green and lace layer.
Remove the HNB paper backing from the back of the assembled heart. Lay the heart in the center of the assembled banner piece. Use an iron to fuse the pieces together.
After fusing, iron around the edge of the heart under the lace to help lift it up from the ruffle heart.
You can now remove the paper HNB backing from the back of the batting layer.
Creating Dimensional Velveteen Flowers:
Remove the HNB paper backing from the flower pieces.
Layer two purple flowers together so that the HNB on the back of each one is one the inside.
Use coordinating floss to add a blanket or whip stitch around the side and bottom edges of the flowers.
Repeat for the other flower pieces, making three purple flowers and two white flowers.
Take a small bit of wool roving or fiber fill and roll it into a loose ball.
Stuff the ball into each flower. You may need to use the tip of your scissors to poke it down into the base of the small flowers. Add as much filling to each flower as you would like.
The filling will make the flowers look round and dimensional like real flowers.
Repeat the process for all flowers.
Fold three double ended flower stamens in half to create a small bunch of stamens with 6 heads. Wrap a small piece of wire or thread around the base of the stamens to bundle them together.
You can find a wide variety of flower stamens on Etsy or Rose Mille. You can also find white stamens at Hobby Lobby in the cake decorating section. To color the white stamens, simply swipe them with ink!
Tuck two bunches of stamens in each purple flower and one in each white flower. Use fabric glue to secure them in place.
Placing the Flowers:
Remove the paper HNB backing from the backs of the leaves. Lay the leaves across the center of the heart. Add a backstitch or running stitch through the center of the leaf from the base to the tip.
Place the two white flowers in the center of the heart on top of the leaves. Secure the flowers to the heart with a couple of small stitches at the base of the flowers (the round edge). Add a three additional 1/4″ long straight stitches from the base of each flower toward the center of the flower.
Place the purple flower on the heart as desired. Attach and embellish the purple flowers in the same manner as the white.
Remove the paper HNB backing from the backside of the clovers. Place the clovers on the heart placing them around the base of each flower. Add a small stitch in the center of each clover to secure it in place.
Adding Little Details:
Cut two pieces of ribbon about 3″ long. Make a single tie in each piece of ribbon. Pull the tie tight so that you end up with a small tight knot in the center of each ribbon piece. Place a drop of fabric glue on the knot. Tuck the knot under the leaves and flowers on each side of the banner.
When the glue is dry, you can trim the ends of the ribbon as desired.
Place the small heart button on top of the tag button. Poke a needle through the holes on the heart button, pressing the tip of the needle into the tag button to make a mark. Set the heart aside. Use a needle to pierce through the tag button making a small hole at each of the two marks.
Stack the heart button on top of the tag button again. Use a needle and coordinating thread or floss to sew the two buttons together.
Tuck the assembled tag button under the edge of a clover along the left edge. Secure in place with a few stitches through the hole in the tag button.
Add a yellow butterfly to the heart just above the flowers along the right side.
Add clusters of tiny frosted gold beads to the center of each clover.
Place the assembled banner on top of the back side of your chosen backing fabric. Use an iron to fuse the pieces together. Take care to not iron the handmade buttons as the iron will damage them.
Trim the backing fabric leaving a slight margin of fabric beyond the edge of the batting.
Add a button to the two top corners of the banner.
Cut two 12″ pieces of twine or ribbon. Tie a small knot in the bottom end of each end of the twine.
Fold one piece of the twine in half. Slip the folded end under one of the buttons.
Slip the loose ends of the twine through the loop end. Pull the twine tight so that the loop disappears under the button.
Repeat with the second piece of twine on the other button.
March Banner Details:
Finish the banner by adding a small handmade monthly tag to the lower right corner.
I chose a heart button because I wanted to add “love” to the design. I love the sentiment of wishing someone “love and luck”. With the combination of the heart and the four leaf clovers, I have both!
Isn’t it just so pretty? I really love what a pretty nod it is to the start of spring and to St. Patrick’s Day. I like too that by simply changing up the colors of the elements you could represent your favorite spring flowers or even downplay the St. Patrick’s Day element. I hope you enjoy stitching it!
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