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!
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:
- A wooden dowel
- Black felt
- Cream cotton fabric
- Black & cream thread
- Needle and/or sewing machine
- Printed "IT'S OK" text
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?