DIY: Christmas banner

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Is it time to decorate for Christmas yet? I thought so.
In our home, we are pretty minimalistic about our Christmas decorating. We do have two trees, but other than that, we only really put up a couple of nativity sets, our stockings, and some lights. I really love a softer, neutral palette when it comes to Christmas... creams, tans, and some greens. I decided to make this really simple banner to add just a little bit more to our decor. You'll need about an hour to complete the project.

What you'll need:
3/8 yard burlap fabric
3/8 yard cream cotton fabric
Heat 'n bond iron-on adhesive
1 1/2 yards pom pom trim
Sewing machine

1. Cut out four rectangles of burlap (not shown). Mine were approximately 5" x 8". Following the adhesive instructions on the package, iron a piece of iron-on adhesive to a piece of cream fabric large enough to accommodate your letters.
2. Print out the word you'd like to use. I chose "noël" and used Lucida Blackletter font (size 470).
3 & 4. Flip the letter backwards so you're seeing through the paper and use a pencil to trace the edges onto the back of the iron-on adhesive/cream fabric. You want to press hard enough that you can see where you've traced and cut on those lines. And once you cut the letters out backwards, you'll flip the fabric over and it'll be facing the right direction.

5. Peel the iron-on adhesive backing (the paper part) off of the letters onto the burlap pieces and position them on each piece where you'd like them to go. Once you've positioned them, iron them on according to package directions (usually just hold your iron on there for 5 to 10 seconds until they've adhered to the burlap).
6. Using your sewing machine, stitch around each letter in a matching color thread. This just makes it look a little more finished.
7. Now stitch the pom pom trim onto the top of the burlap to create your banner and you're finished! (You could even use a glue gun for this step if you don't have a sewing machine.)

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
And happy decorating. :)


  1. aw. i see a lovies. :) love the luggage & love the banner. you crafty woman, you.

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  3. I don't mean this in a creepy way, but I think of you every time I see burlap. :) Love the new blog look too!

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