Because the message of love always wins.
Share the love – there’s no better way than to proclaim it, loud and proud! This Valentine’s Day banner sewing project lets you do just that. You’ll use pretty fabrics and alphabet stamps for the banner, and Dritz® grommet pliers and grommets to create the holes for hanging it. Psst: there’s no rule saying you have to take it down after the 14th!
- Grommet pliers
- Non-slip vinyl template sheets
- Fine point Mark-B-Gone™ marking pen
- Fabric glue stick
- ½ yard of main fabric*
- 8” x 10” piece each of 3 accent fabrics for hearts
- 1 yard of medium weight interfacing (such as Fairfield™ Structure)
- ½ yard of Heat-n-Bond® Lite fusible
- 1 yard of ribbon
- ½ yard of pink ric-rac trim
- Permanent marker
- Alphabet stamps
- Ink pad
*Home decor weight fabric works well for the front panel but is not required.
- 2 pc: 16” x 20” of main fabric for front and back panels
- 2 pc: 15.5” x 19.5” of medium weight interfacing
- SA = seam allowance
- RST = right sides together
- WS = wrong side
- RSO = right side out
|Before you get started, here’s some information about a couple key Dritz® items you might not be familiar with.
The template sheets are super versatile for all kinds of sewing and quilting. You need them in your stash to make your own templates and patterns.
|Let’s get started!
1) Center and apply fusible medium weight interfacing to the wrong side of the front panel, following the package directions.
2) Fold the front panel in half lengthwise, RST.
Align the 45° line on the ruler with the fold on the panel. Make sure the 45° line meets the folded corner.
|3) Use the rotary cutter to cut along the edge of the ruler. Discard the cut off corners.
4) Repeat steps 1-3 for the back panel and set aside.
|5) Use the plastic template to make 3 heart shapes for the appliqued hearts.
Fold a piece of plastic in half and cut a large heart, about 8.5” across.
6) With a permanent marker, trace that heart on another sheet of plastic template. Cut a new heart that is ¼” smaller than the outline.
7) Repeat step 6 for the third heart.
|8) Apply 9” x 7” pieces of fusible Heat-n-Bond to the WS of the three accent fabrics. Trace each of the heart templates on a piece of accent fabric and cut out the hearts.|
|9) Remove the paper backing from the hearts. Layer hearts and fuse in place on the banner.|
|10) Edgestitch each of the hearts making sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end.|
|11) Apply fabric glue to one side of the ric-rac and place it on the front panel 2” down from the top. Stitch in place.|
|12) Cut a 1” x 3” piece of fabric with Heat-n-Bond® backing from leftover heart fabric. Stamp the word LOVE on the fabric and then remove the paper backing. Fuse the fabric to the center of the heart. Edgestitch in place.
13) Pin the front and back panels of the banner RST.
Stitch with a ¼” SA along all sides leaving a 4” opening for turning on the side. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.
14) Turn banner RSO and press. Push the opening SA into the banner, press, and hold in place with glue.
Topstitch along all sides with a scant ¼” SA making sure to catch the opening. Press.
|Now it’s time to work with those pliers and grommets!
Before you get started, reference the full instructions for using the pliers. Familiarize yourself with the parts and pieces and you’ll be ready to go!
|15) To apply grommets, use a Mark-B-Gone™ marking pen to trace the interior circle of the grommet 3” in and 1” down from each side of the banner.|
|16) Cut out the circle with scissors or punch hole with plier tools.|
|17) Push the grommet through the front of the banner and place the washer on the post.|
|18) Use the pliers to secure the grommet pieces.|
|Admire your banner! It’s LOVE-ly!|
|Insert ribbon through the grommets.|
|Hang your banner using a hook or small nail, and share the love!
This looks great on a front door, an interior door, or as part of an inspirational collage on a bulletin board or gallery wall.
Don’t you love it!?