Saturday, June 23, 2012

Burlap Banner Tutorial

The month of May also brought my daughters birthday!  I used some of the similar colors from teacher appreciation because it ended up being the same week- turquoise and yellow.  We did a pool party with pizza.  I used the tissue poof balls, and paper flowers.  I added new runners and decided to add a burlap Happy Birthday banner.  I love how it turned out!
This sign was super easy to make and was a great addition to my birthday decor!  I used a light/white burlap and black paint.  I think this will be very versatile.
 Here's a quick "How To", to make your own burlap banner:
Step 1:  Cut your burlap into rectangles.  Mine were about 6 inches by 8 inches.  (Be warned, burlap is messy)
Step 2:  Taking the long side (that's 8 inches), fold over the burlap about 2 inches and iron flat.  Your square should now look square (about 6 inches by 6 inches).  Repeat for all of your rectangle pieces.
Step 3:  Sew a straight line a quarter of an inch from the edge of the fabric that you've folded over.  Repeat for all of the burlap squares.  You want to have a casing that is about an inch and a half.  This is where you are going to run the string through to hang it up. **If you don't sew, you could hot glue this piece down as well.
Step 4:  Using Freezer paper, cut the letters of your word out of the freezer paper.  Don't get them too close together because you need to cut out the space around the letter.  I used my silhouette to cut out my freezer paper.  I did about 4 letters per sheet and used the same settings as cutting vinyl and used my mat.  It's a little tricky getting the letters all cut out right but once you iron the paper onto the burlap, it turns out perfect.
Step 5:  Turn the burlap square over so the folded side that you've sewed down is facing down.  Iron the letter/paper  onto the Burlap square.
Step 6:  Put your burlap squares onto a towel or cardboard or something that paint can bleed through onto.  Carefully paint your letters.
Step 7:  Once it's dried, remover the freezer paper.
Step 8:  Take your string and feed through the pocket/casing you've made on your burlap squares.  I attached a safety pin to the end of my string which made it easier to feed through the pockets.
You're done!  You can do this with any word or phrase.  I love my burlap banner!!

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