I’m pretty sure I had the biggest crafting/party/celebrating/ornotevencelebratingjusteveryday breakthrough.
Burlap banners! The problem is, you can only use each banner during it’s respective season/holiday. I set out to change all that.
INTRODUCING THE ALL OCCASION BURLAP BANNER! It’s that good. Here’s what I mean. And how to do it. Because this is a tutorial, after all.
1. Get your stuff together. (Sewing machine is optional. You can use needle and thread, but if you can even barely sew in a straight line, I’d recommend the machine because it’ll save you gads of time.)
2. Now, there’s really only one way to cut burlap in a straight line. Here’s what’s up:
-grab hold of one of the little frayed ends and pull
-the burlap will bunch up
-move slowly, or you’ll break the thread and you’ll have to find where it broke and that’s just a hassle
-pull it all the way through, and you’ll be left with a little gap in the weaving where you can cut a straight line
-keep going, moving over several inches and grabbing another frayed end until you have created a grid pattern with the gaps
-make sure you have at least 16 grid spaces (happy birthday! and merry christmas! are 15 and 16 characters, spaces and punctuation included)
BUT WAIT, DON’T CUT IT YET!!
3. Once you have the “burlap gaps” in a grid pattern, Mod Podge over the gaps! Trust me, this is the best way to keep those edges from fraying once they’re cut. It’s perfect and works every time. In this case, don’t worry about Mod Podging the whole edge of the burlap piece. This part will be folded over and sewn as a finished edge.
4. While you’re waiting for the Mod Podge to dry so you can cut it, you can use a colored Sharpie to go over the staples. (This is optional, but very pretty at the end.)
Also, tear out some of those book pages! You’ll use these to embellish your banner.
5. Now you can cut along those lines and create little rectangles.
6. Fold the un-Mod-Podged edge over about an inch and sew it up! You can do this step by hand too.
A tip on this: don’t sew too close to the crease at the top, or it will be too tight to thread your rope or ribbon through.
7. Draw some things on your book pages that you want to attach to your banner. (Note: you can also use scrapbook paper, faux flowers, etc., as long as it can be stapled on.) Cut those babies out!
I think my favorite part of this banner is how it can be changed for every season or occassion! Since we’re just tacking on the hearts, it’ll be easy to pry up the backside of the staples and have a perfect burlap piece ready for a new letter/shape when I want to change it!
9. Thread some rope through! It’ll also be pretty to change it to ribbon sometimes, too.
And of course, here are a few ideas:
Can’t wait to use this banner all year and for every reason and no reason at all. I want to do a hot cocoa bar in the fall and I can just imagine some cute letters spelling out HOT CHOCOLATE to hang over the buffet table for that. Now I’m getting all excited.
(Sorry for the funky lighting in the pictures today. It’s overcast here and my little camera isn’t taking to that natural lighting too well.)
By the way, I made this whole thing in under an hour and a half.