This project was made using my Silhouette (which I love). Don’t have a Silhouette? That’s ok, you can still make this.
Raise your hand if you have any birthdays in June. I’m raising both hands and both feet. I’ve mentioned this before, but we have 4. Three of my sons and my husband. Brace yourselves people. My life’s about to get crazy!
I’ve always wanted to have a fun birthday banner to hang up on the big day but I’ve never made one. This year I did. To go along with last year’s birthday wreath. Here’s my birthday banner:
That was a bugger to try to take pictures of because it’s so long, so I broke it down into little pictures. I love that it’s so fun and bright and colorful. Who wants a birthday banner tutorial?
Birthday Banner Tutorial:
Fabric: I used about 1/4 yard each of 5 fabrics. You can use more fabrics, you can use less.
Ribbon (I used all 5 colors in the ribbon too. It would work just as well (maybe better) with a long, thick single ribbon. I used a full spool of ribbon.
Fusible fabric interfacing (Silhouette sent me some of this to try-see below)
Start out by cutting out your pendant pieces. Mine are about 10 inches across the top and 12 inches on the 2 long sides. You will need 2 triangles for each pendant. I did 20 of them. One for each letter of Happy Birthday with one in the center that is blank to separate the words and an exclamation mark at the end. You should note that my banner is very long. Probably about 10-15 feet long. If you want yours shorter, size down the pendant pieces a little.
Next you need to cut out your letters. Mine are each 6 inches tall. Before you do this you will want to add your fusible interfacing to the back of the fabric.
Decide which colors of letters you want on which pendants. I laid it all out on the floor so I could decide:
Then cut your letters. I used my lovely Silhouette machine and fabric blade to cut mine (they’re on SALE! See below!).
If you don’t have one, I recommend getting one. :) But in the meantime you can also just cut with scissors. Just pick a font you like, print out the letters and use that as a template.
Iron the letters onto your pendants following the interfacing instructions.
Now you will need to sew your pendants together. Place right sides together and stitch along the 2 long sides leaving the top open. I snipped the tip of each one before turning right side out to reduce bulk.
Turn right side out and press.
Then I got my ribbon and started string them on. I just folded the tops over and sewed a straight line. I didn’t worry about the raw edge on the back because I don’t plan on washing this so it shouldn’t really fray.
I tied a cute knot at the end of the ribbon and it was done!
Time to party!!