I am so happy to share this sweet banner with you today. May is one of my favorite months of the year. When I think of May I think of sweet blue skies, warm sunshine, and little posies poking up in my garden. Those things are the inspiration behind the May banner, Pocket Full of Posies.
May Handmade Heartfelt Banner Supplies:
- Pattern: May Handmade Heartfelt Banner Pattern
- Fluffy Bow Instructions
- Die Cutting Dies (optional): Tammy Tutterow for Crafter’s Edge- D1008 Posey Flowers #2, D1009 Posey Flowers #3, D101 Lovely Edges
- Fabric: banner sized scrap of choice; Fabric Funhouse Cork Fabric
- 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, 1109 Angel Hair, 1115 Banana Popsicle, 2109 Morris Blue, 2176HB Meadow (Herringbone)
- Batting: Warm Company- Warm & Soft Cotton Batting
- Ribbon/trim: Lady Dot Creates Hand-Dyed Ribbon- Spring Sky; 24″ of twine, ribbon, or other trim
- Embroidery Floss: Sulky 12 wt Petite Cotton Thread- 1082 Ecru
- Hand-dyed Buttons: Just Another Button Company- Champagne Snack Pack
- Handmade Buttons: Just Another Button Company- (5) Tiny Yellow Posey, (3) Tiny White Flower, Small Side-View Ladybug, May Tag
- Beads: Mill Hill Petite Seed Beads- 40123 Cream
- 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
May Handmade Heartfelt Banner Instructions:
Print or trace each pattern piece onto the paper side of Heat n Bond (HNB).
- Fuse the tag shape to the back side of a piece of cork fabric.
- Fuse one banner shape to a piece of white cotton batting.
- Fuse the remaining pieces to the back side of wool.
Cut the batting banner out using pinking shears. Cut just outside the solid printed line. Cut the remaining pieces out using regular scissors on the solid printed line.
If you have my Crafter’s Edge Dies, you can die cut the flowers, leaves, and scallop trim using the Posey Flowers #2, Posey Flowers #3, and the Lovely Trims set. The flower and leaf shown circled above are compatible to the flower and leaf on the pattern.
Remove the HNB paper backing from the back of the triangle shape. Place the piece on top of a piece of cotton batting that is slightly larger than the triangle. Use an iron to fuse the two pieces together.
Use pinking shears to trim the batting so that it is slightly larger than the wool triangle.
Lay the wool/batting triangle on top of the heart to determine which is the top edge. Set the heart aside.
Remove the HNB paper backing from the back of the scallop trim. Lay the scallop trim on top of the triangle along the top edge. Trim the ends of the scallop trim to match the edges of the triangle. Use an iron to fuse into place.
(Note, I used a Lovely Edges die to cut my scallop trim. The scallop trim on the pattern does not have the added tear drop details.)
Use coordinating embroidery floss to add a blanket stitch along the top edge of the trim/triangle piece.
Remove the HNB paper backing from the back side of the heart. Center the heart onto the ruffled heart. Use an iron to fuse the two pieces together.
Remove the HNB paper backing from the back side of the fabric banner. Layer the fabric banner on top of the batting banner. Use an iron to fuse the two together.
Remove the HNB paper backing from the back of the ruffled heart. Center the heart on the fabric side of the banner. Use an iron to fuse the heart and banner together.
Remove the HNB paper layer from the back of the batting banner. Layer the triangle/trim piece on top of the heart. Match the sides and point to the heart below. Pin the triangle in place.
Use coordinating embroidery floss to add a blanket stitch around the edge of the heart through all the layers.
Note: Do not stitch along the top edge of the triangle. Leave it open to create a pocket.
Use coordinating embroidery floss to add a backstitch or running stitch along the two sides of the triangle through all the layers. This stitch will add detail that will emphasize the pocket.
Use a beading needle and beading thread to add three petite seed beads to each dip in the ruffle heart layer.
You can also add beads to the scallop trim if desired. Be sure to only stitch through the front layer of pocket when adding beads! 😉
Cut a piece of fabric for the back of the banner. The piece of fabric should be slightly larger than the batting layer of the banner. Place the assembled banner on the wrong side of the fabric. Use an iron to fuse the banner and fabric together.
While the fabric is still warm, lift up the ruffle and scallop trim edges to keep them from being fuse flat to the banner.
Trim the fabric layer so that it is slightly larger than the batting layer.
Machine stitch around the banner approximately 1/8″ to 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric edge.
Create a Fluffy Bow using about 30″ of 5/8″ wide ribbon.
Stitch the bow to the banner along the left top edge of the scallop trim.
Remove the HNB paper backing from the backside of the leaves and flowers. Although I don’t fuse these pieces, I always add HNB to the back of them. I like the structure it adds to small pieces like these. It keeps them from looking floppy.
Arrange four leaves around the center of the bow. Add one leaf above the bow and another below the bow. (Check the placement guide on the pattern for locations.)
Use a single long stitch through the center of the leaves to secure them in place.
Layer a wool flower and small button together. Stitch three of the flower/button combos over the center of the bow. Avoid pulling the stitch too tight since it will flatten the bow. Place another flower/button combos with the leaf above the bow and another on the leaf below the bow.
Add one small flower button on the pocket near the bow and the trim. Place a second small flower button near the flower/leaf combo above the bow.
Sew the May tag to the lower right corner of the banner.
Add two buttons to the top left and right corners. Sew a small ladybug button along the top edge of the pocket.
Stitch the third small flower button to the tag near the circle opening. You can clip a small photo or quote to the front of the tag as desired.
Slip the tag into the pocket.
Cut two 12″ pieces of ribbon or twine. Add a piece of the twine to each button to connect banners together. You view the instructions for adding the twine to the buttons in the January Banner tutorial.
I simply adore the sweetness of this banner. It is like little drops of sunshine and happiness! I hope you love stitching this sweetie as much as I did! If you make one, please come over and share a photo in my Handmade Heartfelt Facebook group. I would love to see your take on the banners!
PS. You can view the entire collection of banner tutorials and patterns here: Handmade Heartfelt Banners.