Happy Fall Y’all Banner
I really love fall. It’s totally my favorite time of the year. When the temperatures start to dip and I can pull out my sweaters to beat the chill I’m the happiest person around. Give me that first weird burning smell when you have to turn on the heat for the first time in months and months and I am stupidly giddy.
To be honest I haven’t much gotten into the fall decor this year, largely because I’ve got this problem. It’s been 90+ degrees where I’m at. I remember Halloween nights freezing my tushy off in my thin, store-bought Halloween costume and wondering why it suddenly got so cold. Here kids sweat their makeup off by the time they’ve hit up their third house. Ugh.
But I’m still gonna get in the spirit. Just you watch me. First up? This Happy Fall Y’all homemade banner we are going to rock out!
For this project you will need:
- Natural canvas (duck cloth)
- Wooden dowel
- Fall floral fabric
- Silhouette cutting machine (can also cut by hand)
- Cut file (if using a Silhouette)
- Iron on interfacing
Take your canvas and fold it in half. Use a yardstick to create a rectangular shape with a pencil and light marks.
Draw a diagonal line at one end to create the pointed bottom portion. Use scissors or pinking shears to cut the shape out. Fold a crease in the top of the banner (for your dowel later on down the line) and glue into place, making sure to leave enough room for the dowel to run through.
Now I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out my fabric pieces but you can also cut them out by hand. If using a machine you’ll need to cut your fabric down to fit your cutting mat. In this case I used my 12×12″ mat and cut my fabric accordingly with the help of my puppy dog assistant!
Okay, so this stuff, Terial Magic, was supposed to be enough of a stabilizer that you can use it all alone and your machine will easily cut the fabric. It didn’t work like that for me…
…so on my second attempt I added iron on interfacing to the back of the fabric to really stiffen it up. As far as I can tell, the Terial Magic was very expensive and didn’t work well at all for me. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it on my first go but since I bought a ginormous bottle (to save money, whoops!) I will be giving it another go. Perhaps I just didn’t use enough…
Once you cut out your letters figure out how you want to place them on your banner. Or, better yet, plan it out and then set them up accordingly! I was flying by the seat of my pants with no plan at all! 🙂
Use some fabric glue to adhere the letters onto the canvas and allow to dry while laying flat.
You can also attach your letters by sewing them on. I used the zig zag stitch and went all around each letter.
I tacked most of my letters in place with a little dab of glue so that I wouldn’t have to chase them all around, but some areas I couldn’t get to lay flat. In those places I used painter’s tape to keep them in place just to the point that the needle would soon connect, at that point I’d remove the tape and the letter would be tacked down by the previous stitches well enough that I was all set…
Cut a dowel to length and stain or paint if you would like.
Run your banner over the dowel and then tie a bit of string, baker’s twine, yarn or what have you on either side of the canvas to secure and create a hanger.
Happy Fall, Y’all!