I’ve noticed lots of lovely typography banners popping up in my Instagram and Pinterest feeds recently and I really fancied one for myself. That is until I realised how much the shops were charging for them!
Feeling irked by the super high prices for what is essentially a bit of cloth, a stick, and some string, I thought I’d have a bash at making one myself and it turns out that it’s not all that difficult.
Although I can sew, albeit not particularly well, I don’t own a sewing machine, so I needed to come up with a method that didn’t require stitching. Professional seamstresses might think me a heathen, but I’m no stranger to iron on wonder web. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s basically like sewing with your iron. So for this how-to you wont need a sewing machine, just your iron and some trusty wonder web.
You will need:
- a large piece of material of your choice (I used hessian)
- a stick (I used slender garden cane)
- 1 length of twine
- iron on wonder web
- Annie Sloan paint (I used graphite and Greek blue)
- A stencil (I used a 100mm sized one)
Lay out your fabric and measure out your banner by marking out a rectangle 15 inches wide and 24 inches long. Lay the rectangle lengthways and mark out a diagonal line from the centre of the bottom of the rectangle, across to eight inches above the bottom right hand corner. Repeat on the left to form the point at the bottom of the banner.
Cut out your banner and discard the triangles of material marked out at the bottom of your banner.
Measure a 1 inch seam (ensure this is wide enough to cover the wonder web you’re using) around the outline of your banner, leaving the top edge untouched. Fold and iron across the edges of the one inch seam.
Then measure three inches from the top of your banner and fold the fabric over to create a flap for your stick. Iron across the fold.
Lay lengths of wonder web under your seams, concentrating on the lengths first, and iron to secure and create smooth straight edges to your banner. Repeat at the bottom of your banner, making sure you create a neat point. You may need to trim a little fabric to tidy the edges.
To make the flap for your stick , lay wonder web along the outer edge of the folded flap, leaving enough room for your stick to fit through, and iron to secure.
Now for the fun bit!
Using your stencil and a pencil mark out your slogan of choice. I went for ‘IT’S OK’ for our breakfast room and ‘AHOY’ for Noah’s pirate themed bedroom. Once your happy with the markings you have made, take a small paint brush and your paint, and follow the outline of your markings before colouring in the letters.
Leave to dry for a few hours. Then feed your stick through the flap of material at the top of your banner and secure a length of twine to the stick.
And there you have it, your own slogan banner for a fraction of the shop bought price!