A few months back I put together a cute appliqued and quilted banner similar to the one above for Silhouette to show in their booth at Quilt Market. I absolutely loved how it came out, so I decided to make a second one for myself!
This is another one of those projects where it looks like way more work went into it, then actually did. I always love those.
I started out with the 6 Banner Set and used the curved banner in the middle. I re-sized it to 10″x 11.75″ and cut it out of heavy weight card stock. That piece was used to cut out the front, back and batting used in the banner.
I kept the banner on my screen and opened up the Home Sweet Home Flourish design file and re-sized it until it looked nice in the banner design.
I was afraid the words would get lost in the background fabric design. I opened up the offset window and designed a second Home Sweet Home that was slightly fatter, kind of like a a border around the words, so I could cut it out of a darker fabric to help the white fabric stand out! I cut both out of quilting weight cotton using my normal technique (you can find more detailed tutorials throughout this blog) using Silhouette brand Sewable Interfacing. I put the pieces aside.
For the actual banner is quilted the front piece to the batting using straight lines at a 45 degree angle. Then I secured some fabric loops to the top, and pin the front and back together right sides facing each other. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance I stitched around the entire edge, leaving a 1.5″ opening on the side to turn it inside out.
I waited until after turning the entire thing inside out, and top stitching around the edge, to iron on the Home Sweet Home applique. I figured it would be easier to center and I could double task it by stitching around the edge of the words while also securing the front and the back to each other.
To finish off the entire thing I slipped an unfinished dowel through the loops and tied some bakers twin to it for hanging. In total this took me about an hour and a half to finish, but like I said above, it looks like it took way longer!
This banner would make an amazing gift for new homeowners or you could use the same technique with different words for holiday decor, nurseries, office decor and more! The possibilities are endless.