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Friday, 6 March 2015

DIY: IT'S OK Banner Tutorial

photo of diy it's ok banner

Today I finally have another crafty post up- squee! I have been SO excited about sharing this one with you as it’s been in the making for a while and I’m absolutely in love with it!

photo of it's ok banner

photo of it's ok banner


I’ve seen these wonderful banners popping up everywhere over the past year and really wanted one but when sourcing it I’ve found it’s never in stock (nooo). However being a keen crafter and with the lack of stock available I decided it was the perfect excuse to be inspired and make my own.

You will need:

materials to make an it's ok banner

  • Scissors
  • A wooden dowel
  • Black felt
  • Cream cotton fabric
  • Pins
  • Black & cream thread
  • Needle and/or sewing machine
  • Twine
  • Printed "IT'S OK" text
  • Ruler
  • Pencil



Step 1
Fold your fabric in half and measure 25 cm x 30 cm for the rectangle aspect of the banner. Measure an additional 9 cm down from your 30 cm mark and drawn a line across your fabric. From the centre of this line angle your ruler up to your 30 cm mark on each side of the fabric. This then creates the V of the banner.  Next cut out your banner.


how to make an affirmation banner

how to make an affirmation banner

how to make an affirmation banner

how to make an affirmation banner

how to make an affirmation banner

make your own it's ok banner

make your own it's ok banner



Step 2
Print off your letters for the banner. I did this on Microsoft word, using the font “Arial Narrow” at size 240 and filled in white, with the letters outlined in black so they’d stand out against the black felt.

Once printed cut out each letter to create a template and pin to your felt. Once pinned, cut around your letter templates on the felt.

it's ok banner template

make your own it's ok banner

how to make an it's ok flag

diy it's ok banner

diy its ok flag

make your own it's ok banner

it's ok banner tutorial


Step 3
Now arrange your felt letters on the bottom half of your banner and sew into place. You can either use a sewing machine or hand stitch- whatever works best for you. I opted for hand sewing as I’m a novice with a machine!

it's ok banner tutorial

it's ok banner tutorial

DIY It's ok banner

DIY It's ok banner

DIY It's ok banner


Step 4
Next fold your banner in half but this time have it inside out. Sew along the edge of your banner to marry both pieces and leave a 5 inch gap at the top of your final side. This gap is important so you can flip your banner right side out! Again you can machine stitch or hand sew dependant on your preference- I machine stitched for quickness and neatness.

DIY It's ok banner

DIY It's ok banner

DIY It's ok banner

DIY It's ok banner




Step 5
Flip your banner right side out and sew up the hole you left. To create the loop to thread your dowel through, fold your banner down on itself and sew the edge to the back of your banner.

DIY It's ok banner

DIY It's ok banner

make your own it's ok banner

make your own banner


Step 6
Thread your dowel through the loop and attach your twine to each end of the dowel, leaving the desired length of twine you require to hang your banner.

DIY It's ok banner

DIY It's ok banner

DIY It's ok banner


And you’re done!



I am obsessed with this banner and think it makes a really cheerful fun (and reassuring) feature to a room. It’s also so fun to make! My measurements are a bit smaller than the originals you buy online but I think mine is perfect for the little corner I've hung it.

I hope this tutorial makes sense, but if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below. I’ve also done a video on this tutorial so check that out below:

 

Do you like affirmation banners? What would you have on yours?



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