Better late than never right? I promised this to you by the end of last week and then just couldn't get it done. Ah well, onward and upward. This is such an easy little banner you will no doubt be saying "I could have figured that out on my own" nevertheless, here is a step by step.
1. You will need three pieces of fabric for each heart. I used one 4" square scraps of quilting fabric, a leftover scrap of eyelet and one 4" square of light cotton batting for the middle. The batting gives the shape some body. You will also need 1/2" wide bias tape. You can make the back the same fabric as the front, use a plain white if it won't show or do a different print. Use what you have! This is a great way to use your scraps.
2. Cut out a heart shape, or any shape you want to make for your banner. This technique will work for almost anything. Flowers, (like the ones I did for my office below!), hearts, maybe pumpkins for fall or apples for the beginning of school?
3. I made a heart shape pattern on card stock so I could just trace around the pattern and all my hearts would be the same size. It is about 3 1/2" tall. Trace around the shape with a fine point disappearing marker. You can also just use a pencil to mark the back piece of fabric where it won't show. I am not left handed, this is my simulation of tracing the heart while I juggle a camera. I looks a little wonky, but you get the idea :)
4. Stack your fabrics with the two quilting fabrics right side out with the batting sandwiched between them. I don't even bother to pin them all together. The batting does a pretty good job of keeping the fabrics from slipping, but if you have a problem go ahead and pin. Then line up the outline of the heart with your needle and start sewing the three layers together.
I like to use the decorative stitches on my machine for this. I think it just adds another layer of detail and it's fun to use them since I seldom get a chance in my regular sewing. If you would rather, or you find it easier, go ahead and use a straight stitch, it's totally up to you. This is how it looks sewn together. Now trim off the hanging threads.....
And 5. trim around the heart. I like to use my pinking shears because it gives a pretty edge and keeps the edges from fraying.
I like to use 1/2 inch wide bias tape for my banner. It usually comes in a 3 yard length, You can cut it to any length you want. I cut mine in half so my banner is 54" long.
6. Find the center of your tape and center a heart on it. I usually make an odd number of hearts so I can straddle that center with the rounded parts of the heart. I also just like how odd numbered items look. Pin the hear to the tape and then pin the rest of your hearts evenly on each side. I always just eyeball it, but if you want to measure, you can.
7. Now just sew a straight line across the part of the heart that is on the tape. I usually use white thread because I find it is hardly noticeable with the bright colors I use.
And you're done! I'm keeping this patriotic banner because July 4th is right around the corner, But I have a few multicolor banners in the shop
if anyone wants one. This is a fun little project and so easy to personalize.
I'll be back soon, (I promise!) with some more frugal wedding decorating tips:>) Have a great week!