Wall banner project…

 

I love making gifts for other people, especially my nieces – children’s things are so fun to sew.

 

One of my nieces has just turned two and in the summer they’ll be moving from down south back up to our hometown of Liverpool, so I wanted to make something that was a belated birthday present/moving in gift.

I had the idea to make a wall banner for my niece’s room and when I saw the Sevenberry Yarn Dyed Cotton I knew it would make a great base. It’s a chambray style cotton, is nice and lightweight and has a lovely natural texture. I love the selection of colours for this cotton as they are all quite subtle and fab neutral shades of greens, pinks and blues. I went with the pale blue.

I wanted to choose another fabric that I could use to make some sort of decoration on the wall banner and as my niece loves rainbows the Remix Stripes Cotton was the obvious choice for me! As I’d went with a quite pale blue for the main fabric, I went with the more pastel-toned Remix Spring Stripes and I think they work perfectly together

My first idea for the wall banner was to make the letter I out of the striped cotton and use the Sevenberry cotton to form the main shape of the banner. I then thought about using the stripe as a little frill around the edge of the banner, but, when I got the fabric delivered I fell even more in love with the Remix Stripes cotton and I just didn’t think that a frill would do it justice – it just wouldn’t show off the lovely colours enough. So I decided against a frill and thought about what I loved when I was little and one thing I loved to do was change things around in my bedroom. I was always drawing little doodles of how I could move furniture around or colours that would look better on the wall, I probably drove my mum mad, but I loved it. And I thought that my niece might like something that she can change in her room when she fancies it, so I thought what if I make the banner reversible!

I drew out the design I had in mind for the front and the back to try and get a rough idea of the sort of size to make it. I decided on making a rainbow on one side of the banner to really make the most of the Remix Spring Stripes cotton, and the letter I on the other side. After drawing my designs out I figured that I wanted to make the banner roughly 50cm long and proportionately about 36cm seemed right for the width. I then played around with some paper to decide on the style and size of the letter and once I was happy to cut it all out. For me, the simpler and neater option was to cut lots of pieces out and sew them up like you would a quilt, rather than cut out a solid letter and appliqué it on.

Both pieces of cotton sew up really nicely, the last few projects my sewing machine has seen have been silky fabrics so it was lovely to work with a fabric that was simple to sew. I used a pale blue thread from the Iris collection which was great quality. Sew Crafty is fab when you’re planning a project because there are so many different things on the website, you really can get everything you need.

On the backside of the banner, I used the stripe fabric diagonally to give the effect of a rainbow. I found some Happy Fabric HappyFlock in Lemon which I had in my stash and created some sunshine as a little extra touch. I used two of the offcuts of the Sevenberry yarn to make tabs to thread some dowel through to hang the banner up. I sewed the front and back right sides together and left an opening of a few inches along one side. Because the cotton is so lightweight it was super quick to turn them out the right way, hand sew the opening shut and give a quick press.

I picked up some bakers twine from the Sew Crafty website too as I thought it would be perfect for hanging the banner. It’s got a little fleck of colour running through it ( I went for the Aqua one) and because its a twine its got a good strength to it. I think I might make up a few pom-poms from the leftovers and stick them either side of the dowel for some extra fun.

I thought I was really organised because I had a piece of dowel that would be great for the project, however, I couldn’t find my saw to cut it down to the right length, so I had to photograph it with it’s super long, haha oops!

Overall I’m pretty pleased with the project. It was a quick make and I think it looks fab hanging on the wall. After I finished it I did realise that somehow I’d cut the top of the I one or two stripes longer than the bottom, but oh well, I still love it and handmade isn’t about always being perfect, right?! It’s going to look great in my niece’s room and with it being cotton it’s super easy to wash, so even if it gets grubby from a two-year-old, it should be pretty durable.

Lucy

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