Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How to Make a St. Patrick's Day Banner

Make an easy St. Patrick's Day banner with just a few supplies and a little time.

St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays that I just love. I think it has something to do with the fact that it's my birthday too :) My mom always made it fun and would pinch us as soon as we woke up. After a few years, we got smart and made sure that we wore green to bed. She always decorated for St. Patrick's Day and of course I follow in that tradition.

How to Make a St. Patrick's Day Banner
As with most holidays, I like to make something new each year to add to the mix of decorations.  This is what I came up with this year. A simple banner made with duck cloth, embroidery thread and foam stickers. Super easy and cute!

How to Make a St. Patrick's Day Banner

Before we get started with the tutorial, I'm going to share my first attempt. Sometimes my ideas don't work out as planned.
This was my first idea for a banner. I thought burlap would work great for cross stitching. Turns out it didn't work as well as I thought - the squares are just not very even.  And it was taking FOREVER! I gave it up quickly and decided to try something a little easier and quicker, but still with an element of stitching involved.

Want to Make your own St. Patrick's Day Banner?


You will need:
fabric {I used duck cloth canvas}
embroidery thread {DMC906 and 909 were the greens I chose}
needle
scissors
foam stickers
ribbon

How to Make a St. Patrick's Day Banner

Begin by cutting your fabric into 12" X 3 1/2" pieces. Cut as many as you would like for your banner. I did 6.  Fold in half, then cut out the triangle piece at the bottom. The point should be two inches from the bottom and centered.


How to Make a St. Patrick's Day Banner
I used all six strands of thread and did a running stitch around the sides and bottom of each pennant. Make sure to leave a little opening along the top for your ribbon. Next add stickers.


How to Make a St. Patrick's Day Banner

Finally, insert a ribbon through the openings at the top. I pinned a safety pin to the end of the ribbon to help me thread it through the fabric.

All that's left to do is hang it. I'll let you in on a little secret... I use painters tape to attach it to the mantle. I'm strongly opposed to putting holes in the mantle that my husband worked so hard to build. So painter's tape does the job, is easily removable with no unsightly holes, and you don't even notice it unless you walk right up to it and look.

How to Make a St. Patrick's Day Banner
Do you decorate for St. Patrick's Day?

This banner could certainly be modified for any holiday, season or event. I'm thinking a little Easter egg banner would be darling.

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