Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine’s Day Banner

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!

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine's Banner

Dritz® supplies:

Omnigrid® supplies:

Other supplies:

  • 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
  • Scissors
  • 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.

Fabric prep:

  • 2 pc: 16” x 20” of main fabric for front and back panels
  • 2 pc: 15.5” x 19.5” of medium weight interfacing

Other notes:

  • SA = seam allowance
  • RST = right sides together
  • WS = wrong side
  • RSO = right side out

Dritz Sewing Supplies: Grommets, Grommet Pliers, Template Plastic

Before you get started, here’s some information about a couple key Dritz® items you might not be familiar with.

Using our grommet pliers and grommets is the easiest way to install grommets – once you perfect the technique, you’ll be hooked.

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. 


Omnigrid Quilting Ruler, Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat

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.


Omnigrid Quilting Ruler, Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat

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. 


Use Dritz Plastic Template Material to Cut Heart Shapes

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. 


Use Dritz Plastic Template Material to Make Heart Shape

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.


Valentine's Day Banner in Progress Using Dritz Sewing Supplies

9) Remove the paper backing from the hearts. Layer hearts and fuse in place on the banner.


Valentine's Day Banner in Progress Using Dritz Sewing Supplies

10) Edgestitch each of the hearts making sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end.


Valentine's Day Banner in Progress Using Dritz Sewing Supplies

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.


Valentine's Day Banner in Progress Using Dritz Sewing Supplies

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.


Dritz Sewing Grommet Pliers and Grommets

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!

Also note that we used brass finish grommets, but antique brass and nickel-plated brass are also available.


Use Dritz Sewing Supplies to Make a Valentine's Day Banner

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.


Use Dritz Sewing Supplies to Make a Valentine's Day Banner

16) Cut out the circle with scissors or punch hole with plier tools.


Applying Dritz Sewing Grommets

17) Push the grommet through the front of the banner and place the washer on the post.


Applying Dritz Sewing Grommets

18) Use the pliers to secure the grommet pieces.


Sewing Tutorial: Valentine's Day Banner

Admire your banner! It’s LOVE-ly!


Sewing Tutorial: Valentine's Day Banner

Insert ribbon through the grommets.


Sewing Tutorial: Valentine's Day Banner

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!?

We’re thrilled to have Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane joining us again in 2017. Jennifer has contributed many popular projects to our blog – we’re looking forward to another year of making!

 

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