A few Facebook friends recently asked me to participate in a Valentine banner swap. I'd never done anything like that before but it sounded like fun, so what the heck?
Our only instructions were to make the same one banner piece six times (one for each participating member). We were each assigned a letter and the banner pieces, when tied together, would spell "Be mine". We were each to make our part of the banner 6" x 8.5" and we should use mainly pink and/or red. We could use paper or fabric or whatever we wanted.
Give me paper, fabric, felt, a sewing machine, a hot glue gun and some doodads and I'm a happy camper. This was right up my alley!
I was assigned the letter "m":
You can get the pattern for my letter and the blue bird pattern here.
The base of my banner is made from Pellon's Peltex - single sided fusible. Basically, you just fuse fabric to one side of the stuff (I used PamKittyMorning by LakeHouse) then cut it out. I used my pinking blade on my rotary cutter because I love the cuteness it creates. I topstitched around the triangle - mainly because I felt I should, you know, because I sell sewing machines and fabric and all.
I added grommets to each upper corner for attaching the ribbon, then glued a paper doiley on the banner like so.
I fused two pieces of regular weight copy paper with fabric using Wonder Under (you can use any fusible) then cut them 4 3/4" by 11" using the cute pinking blade again on my rotary cutter.
I folded both pieces individually like a paper fan, making the folds 1/2" wide.
If you press as you fold you'll get nice crisp folds.
Then let them cool
and folded them in half like a fan.
I glued the two halves together and
let them cool - then repeated with the second piece.
Next I glued the two fans together to form a circle (sorry I missed photographing this step)
and secured it to the banner by puddling a big dollop of glue in the center of the paper doily.
Then I added another puddle of glue and glued on a three inch lightweight cardboard circle covered with fused fabric. (I used my sewing machine to sew the ric rac on with a blanket stitch).
I glued on the letter. I used glittery premade chipboard letters but you can cut your own from card stock using the patterns from everyone's blog.
Next I cut the blue bird out as directed on the PDF pattern and begin sewing at the line just below the beak. I tucked the beak into position and continued sewing around the bird,
stopping at the second line just below his tail. I inserted the gusset and stitched it to the body as I went around. Leaving an opening, I stuffed the bird then sewed the opening closed.
I glued on the wings and stitched the eyes using french knots and black floss.
With Elmer's glue or hot glue attach the bird to the banner as shown.
Here's everyone's banner strung together. Pretty cute considering we had no idea what everyone was doing.
Sadly my second "e" from Roseann was lost in the mail. You can click through to the other blogs to see Roseann's banner.
I loved working with these ladies and getting to know them a bit. Thanks everyone for including me!
Now, please meet our talented group of banner designers and visit their blogs for individual instructions and patterns:
B - Sherri Falls from Little Bits of This & That patterns (love your patterns Sherri)
E - Pat Sloan, Moda fabric designer, author, radio host and producer
M - That would be me, Suzanne Zingg - I own Strawberry Patches
I - Pam Viera-McGinnis, (fabric designer extraordinaire) we all know and love her as Pam Kitty Morning
N - Eileen Hull, author, Sizzix Super Star and creator of ScoreBoards™
E - Roseann Kermes, writer and super crafter from Rosebud's Cottage
Wow, it's a darn good thing I didn't type this list of ladies and their accolades before I agreed to do this or I would have said, No way!! Impressive group I'd say!
I hope you like our little banner and we'd love to see what you come up with. Please share!
Encourage one another,