Use the layout below to cut front, back, hanging strips and pocket lining.
2. Prepare appliqué pieces
See Free Appliqué Lesson for instructions on using fusible web to attach appliques.
Also refer to the directions that came with your fusible web.
Your web will now be ironed onto the wrong side of your appliqué fabric and the shapes will be cut out and ready to attach to the banner.
3. Make Pocket
a. Cut Pieces & Make Diamond
For top and bottom strips, cut two 1.5" x 6.5" strips of printed fabric. For diamond, refer to illustration below. Cut two 4.5" x 4.5" squares of printed fabric and cut two 4.5" x 4.5" squares of solid fabric.
Cut each square on the diagonal as shown. Rearrange the triangles and stitch solid triangle to printed triangle, right sides together along long edge. Press seam open.
Square down to 3.5" squares. See Squaring Down Directions for directions on creating
a square from smaller triangles and then squaring down the finished square.
Rearrange squares to form diamond as shown. Stitch together the top row of squares, right sides together. Press seam open. Stitch together the lower row of squares, right sides together. Press seam open. Stitch rows together, right sides together. Press seam open. Your diamond square should measure 6.5" x 6.5".
b. Assemble Pocket Top
Sew the strips (1.5" x 6.5") to the bottom and top of the
diamond section, right sides together. Press
seams toward strips. Refer to diagram at right.
Your pocket piece should measure 6.5" x 6.5" plus the
strips on top and bottom.
c. Pocket Lining & Interfacing
Cut one 6.5" x 6.5" square from pocket lining. Cut one 6.5" x 6.5" piece of interfacing. Iron the interfacing onto wrong side of lining (if fusible - otherwise baste).
d. Put Together Pocket
Line up the pocket as follows: place the pocket top over the lining, right sides together, centered vertically. Your top and bottom strips will extend beyond the lining piece. Sew the side seams only. Refer to diagram below.
Turn right side out, press. Press the raw edges of the top and bottom strips under ¼". Fold strips to wrong side of pocket and hand stitch hem. This creates a nice, finished edge on the top and bottom of the pocket.
e. Stitch Pocket Onto Banner
Hand stitch the pocket onto the front banner piece, using tiny, invisible stitches (or use "Stitch Witchery" or other no sew adhesive or fabric glue).
4. Attach Appliqué Pieces
Refer to step 2 above. After your applique fabric is fused to the web, you can cut out your applique pieces.
Place the appliqué pieces onto your banner in the following order. Do not iron them down until you are sure of placement.
Letters: If you wish to add letters, do so at this time.
Cut out squares or rectangles from fusible web and fabric to fit your letters. Next, trace the letters onto the paper side of the fusible web.
The letters on the paper side of the web will be backwards. Follow the package directions for attaching the fusible web to your letter fabric
(iron the non-paper side of the web to the wrong side of the fabric). Now, you can cut out your letters.
Then, iron the letters onto the right side of the banner front (be sure of placement before ironing). Optional: stitch a zig-zag around the outer edges
of the letters (close satin stitch or "crazy" zig-zag). This will hold them securely. If you are going to wash the banner by hand, you may not need
to sew the letters into place. If you are not going to add the stitching, be sure they are securely ironed.
You can finish the edges with fabric paint to help prevent fraying. Spray-on glitter can also add a nice touch.
After you are sure of placement, iron the pieces into place.
5. Make Banner Hangers
You will use your six 2.5" x 5" strips for the hangers. Sew two strips together, right sides together, along the long sides. You will now have 3 hangers. Turn right sides out. Press. Fold in half, crosswise; press. Stitch short ends together. You will now have folded hangers that measure 2" wide by 2.5" long.
6. Assemble Banner
Machine or hand baste the batting or felt to the
WRONG side of the backing. Then, layer the
banner as follows: place the backing on the bottom,
right side up. Place the hangers on top of the
backing, facing to the inside of the backing square
(raw edges of hangers are even with raw edges of
backing). Refer to diagram at right.
Then, place the banner top on top, right sides
Machine stitch around two sides and top, plus ½ way across bottom. Use unstitched opening to turn banner right side out. Press. Hand stitch the opening closed, using tiny, invisible stitches. Run a small wooden or metal dowel through loops to hang the banner.
7. Fabric Paints
Use fabric paints to outline appliqué pieces and paint face. This will help hold down edges, and prevent fraying.
I like my lines to be thin. Always have a paper towel handy to practice on. Start each new paint on the paper towel first, to be sure the paint is flowing smoothly (a big blob of paint on your project will be hard to repair!).
Be sure paint is dry before handling your project. Refer to pictures below.