I think banners are adorable. They really can add a festive quality to most events. I’ve always wanted to make some but my problem lies with my love hate relationship with my sewing machine. I love the IDEA of sewing creative items but I HATE trying to do it. My machine hates me something fierce so right now I have it out on display with my other diy/craft supplies so people think I can sew. I’m the master manipulator.
Rejecting the sewing but wanting a banner for an event approaching this weekend I decided to try and make one. After browsing Target and finding $1 tablecloths, my banner became a reality. An affordable reality!
How to make a No Sew Banner
Cloth (your choice)
1. Draw your triangles on the cloth.
The $1 tablecloths I picked up were ideal for this.
I made each triangle 8″ top and 11″ down.
2. Cut out each triangle.
I used straight scissors but decorative scissors would probably be fine depending on the quality of the fabric.
Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect. Remember you are hanging them. If anyone comments that they aren’t straight don’t invite them to another party OR just call it whimsical. Whimsical always works.
3. Decide the distance between each triangle.
Mine are 6″ apart…. So each triangle 8″ wide at the top and 6″ apart
Do you like my grown up ruler?
4. Line up with the Hemp rope and Stitch Witchery.
Stitch Witchery can be found at craft stores, Wal-Mart, or Amazon.
It’s awesome stuff. Like super glue for fabric.
Hemp Rope is from Wal-Mart
My Stitch Witchery is similar to double sided tape. It sticks where placed and after I remove the plastic coating and fold the fabric over top, it stays in place.
Remember your spacing. The first few will be a pain but around the third or fourth it will be simple and you might be able to eyeball the distance between each triangle.
5. Fold over top and iron.
I learned to put the hemp rope ON the stitch witchery and iron it as well. This will keep the triangle in place.
DON’T leave the iron on the tablecloth too long especially if it’s cheap.
This is why….
Apply the iron in swipes on the dry setting and go over it a few times. Approximately 4 times.
Apply pressure to the fold over with the iron.
Ultimately, just make sure it is stuck together.
6. Check it out
Folded over and ironed all together. I trimmed the sides to match with the entire triangle.
I did 12 triangles in a period of an hour and 15 minutes…with a few breaks.
The best thing about this D.I.Y. Banner is that it is completely customizable to your taste.
I chose the $1 tablecloths because I don’t know if it will survive the party and I don’t want to worry about it being destroyed.
The cost -
Stitch Witchery is approximately 3.50 (I already had it so it was free)
Hemp Rope at Wal-Mart – $9
Tablecloths – $2
Overall, not too pricey.
Give it a shot and don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have them!