Monday, January 21, 2013

Make Your Own Mini Banners


Tutorial for Mini Banners

Supplies Needed:

1/8 yard of 12 different fabrics
Iron on Interfacing (See Below) 1/4 yard
Sewing Machine
3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (5 yards)
Thread to Match Ribbon

Start with a 3" square of paper.  Fold it in half and draw a line from the top right hand corner to the bottom of the fold.
This will be your paper pattern that you are going to transfer to posterboard and cut out for your permanent pattern.

I like to use posterboard because it makes good straight lines when you trace your pattern onto your interfacing and doesn't wear out so fast. 

This is the Pellon interfacing I love to use.  I buy mine at JoAnn's Fabrics.
Take your posterboard triangle
 and trace it on the dull side of your interfacing.  This interfacing is a little hard to tell which side is which but if you do it in a sunny place, the shiny side is very obvious.

Cut out all of your triangles of interfacing.

Iron your interfacing onto the back side of each of your fabrics.
Note:  If you buy 12 different fabrics at 1/8 yard, you will have enough to make 12 banners.  You can get 12 triangles traced across the width of the interfacing. 
This makes a nice group project because you can share and all have one.  Another idea, have everyone bring a different seasonal fabric.  Then, you could all have several varieties.
 Carefully, cut your triangles out following the shape of the interfacing.
 You are going to lay out your fused pieces of fabric in a pleasing arrangement.  Don't put all of the dark together, all the white backgrounds together, etc.

When you have it arranged like you want, stack them in order and take to your sewing machine.
 We are going to leave about a 10-12" tail on the end and start sewing your pennants on to the grosgrain ribbon.  I really prefer the grosgrain ribbon because it has so much more body than the satin.

I use a small zig-zag to stitch the pennants onto the ribbon. I do the zig-zag stitch in the center of the ribbon.

Slowly add the pennants one after the other.  They just touch one another at the tips. 

Take your finished banner and trim the two ends so that they are the same length.  Press the ribbon where you have zig-zagged until smooth.


 Now you can make one for every season.  The Valentine, Easter and St. Patricks Day are the hardest to find.  But, you're in luck because they are all out right now.  The Patriotic, Fall and Christmas all come out early enought that you will have time to get your fabric and make them in plenty of time.
Hope you enjoy this.
Let me know if you make one.  This is my first real tutorial, so let me know if I should have done something more or less.
Till next time, Judy


  1. Awesome! Great tutorial! Another entry for your book!

    Cheery wave!


  2. These are so adorable but I sadly do not sew whatsoever but I do love these. I am challenged in the crafting dept.

  3. Hudy, You did this so simply, even I could follow it. :):) That's the way to teach . You could make these banners for every occations. xoxo,Susie

  4. Duh..I meant Judy..LOL I need to start checking my spelling, cause I typing sucks..xo,Susie

  5. Love the tutorial and the banner! Sadly, I don't know how to use my sewing machine correctly. I need to put that on my bucket list and start learning! Thanks!

  6. Great and easy to understand tutorial, Judy. I don't have a zigzag stitch maker though.

  7. How do your edges look so nice? Are they folded? Did I miss something?

  8. Thank you for sharing this tutorial! I will be making some for the different seasons.


  9. So cute! I want to try one soon!

  10. A wonderfully easy tutorial to follow, and the photos are perfect!

    Thanks so much.


  11. Great tutorial. I do not sew but I admire you greatly. I do collect vintage sewing notions:}

  12. Really, really cute, Judy- xo Diana

  13. I would love to make one but I don't sew! I have paper triangles I bought in Hobby Lobby and scrapbook paper, I guess I can glue them? Wondering how to attach to a ribbon or string? Oh well, crafty I'm not! :/ xo

  14. I love these!!! I have a few around my house and never get tired of looking at them. So sweet that you shared a DIY. I like the way you work ;)

  15. This so cute! I want to make one! Now to find fabric!
    hugs, Linda

  16. This would be such a great scrappy project! Love it:>)

  17. So cute! Thanks for sharing! xo Heather

  18. This is a great tutorial. Even I a beginning sewer understand it and think I could make it. Now, I always screw something up so I'd probably have to make two before I got it right, lol...I'd at least have to buy extra ribbon : ) I have seen banners all around and toyed with the idea of making one at some point...this tut is bookmarked! :) thank you!

  19. Judy - this is an awesome tutorial. I'm going to make one for valentines day! J

  20. So glad to see you are sharing your wonderful sewing talents here!
    I thought it would be a good idea to do a banner that reverses to another holiday on the other side. Two for one!

  21. So cute. What a great tutorial-I will try this one soon. Maybe for spring! Thanks Judy.

  22. Judy, this is such a great tutorial! I've been sewing almost since I could walk, but sadly, I've never made a banner of any kind. You've spelled it out so clearly and it turned out so cute that I may have to find time this spring to make one. Thanks for such a great tutorial!




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