I love to make things I can display in my home like this wool mini banner. I think filling our homes with things we create from our hands and from our hearts is the best way to create a warm and homey atmosphere. There is a special pride in seeing things you have created on display. It goes back to childhood I think and the thrill of having your art placed on the refrigerator for all to see. That feeling feels good.
No matter how many projects I’ve made in my crafting career, that feeling never gets old or goes away. Take this wool mini banner for instance. It sits on a shelf in my studio every day. I see it many times through the day and it makes me smile. I made that. That is the thing I love about designing product, sharing tutorials, and teaching. I get to help others have that same feeling. That feels pretty good too! 😉
Wool Mini Banner Details…
This wool mini banner looks complicated, but it isn’t. All the pieces you need to make it are in one die set (Posies & Pennies, linked below)! Actually, I snuck in a bit of trim from my Sew Sweet Trims too, but you could leave it off and have a wonderful design with just the dies from the one set.
To create the base of the wool mini banner, I die cut one base from cream wool. I cut the large square and four “pennies” out of mint green wool and layered them on the cream base. The mint block was placed on top. I added the Sew Sweet Trim mini scallop between the square and penny layers and the ribbon strip over the top of the square. I added blanket stitching around all the edges.
What are pennies? In the 1800s, many stitchers used scraps of wool salvaged from clothing to do decorative stitching on. They often used coins as templates to cut round shapes. They stitched the circles together and added decorative stitching to create decorative items for their homes. The round shapes became known as “pennies” in reference to the coins used as cutting guides.
Must have posies…
On top of the mint square I added layers of leaves and posies, all die cut from wool using the Posies & Pennies set. I stitched small pearl seed beads to the centers of the two stacks of three posies.
For the tulips, I layered two tulip die cuts together and stitched them together on the other edges, leaving the top open. I added a bit of Therm O Web’s Mixed Media Glue to the base of a cluster of flower stamens and tucked those down into the tulips. When the glue was dry, I stitched the tulips to my banner.
Just add buttons…
To give the leaves lots of dimension, I stitched them along the centers only so that the edges could lift up.
The mini pennant shape dies from the set make perfect small hanging tabs along the top edge of the banner. I added Champagne Snack Pack buttons from Just Another Button Company to the tabs
I adore this little heart wing bird from Just Another Button Company. It adds just such a sweet touch and bit of whimsy to the tag embellishment. I also tucked Champagne Party Pack buttons from Just Another Button Company in and around the posies and leaves.
Isn’t it just so sweet? I love the way it came together! I love all the layers and textures!
This color combo makes it feel so dainty and feminine. I display this wool mini banner in my studio where I can see it every day. It makes me smile every time. And that is what creating is all about. <3