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Banners are great seasonal decor, party decorations, and cute interior wall displays. They can be made in so many different variations using a huge range of materials. Paper, fabric and even some are made of wood; just to name a few.
In this post, you’ll find all the materials, tools, instructions, and files that you need to make the America Banner shown above. Even though the files use “America” as the text, you can change this up to make it just right for your occasion and use.
The instructions below are the essential steps and will be added one week at a time. There are also “breakout” posts that go into the various steps in even more detail. As these posts are published, this page will be updated with links to make sure you have all the details. This is how the week’s information will be broken down:
- Introduction to project and ordering supplies.
- Cutting and Sandwiching
- Sewing Bias with Mitered Corners
- Using Your New Banner
week one: Introduction and supplies
For the first week, your job is to get all of your supplies together to make the America Banner. If you want to follow the project as it’s shown in our photos, then use the links below. On the other hand, you can use whatever materials that inspire you as long as you buy the right quantities!
Note: I always order a full yard so I can make matching accessories. I’ll show you a few options in various posts.
Heat N Bond LITE – 1 pack
Extra Wide Double Bias in RED – 6 yards or more
Red Cotton Thread and Bobbin
White Fabric Mechanical Pencil
White Cardstock – 7 sheets (not needed if using Cricut)
Mary Ellen’s Best Press
The following list includes all of the standards tools you should have in your basic sewing kit. If you’re new to a project like this, it might seem like a whole lot to buy! You’ll find, however, that these are the supplies that you’ll use over and over again. And again and again if you’re in this Maker’s Group!
1/4″ Piecing Foot for Sewing Machine
Cricut Maker (Optional … but you’ll love having it!)
Self-Healing Cutting Mat
Acrylic Cutting Ruler – 6″ x 24″
Invisigrip for Rulers (Optional but really handy)
Fabric Scissors and Trimming Shears
Hobby Knife (Optional and not needed if using Cricut)
Seam Ripper (Yes, you’ll probably need it at some point, unfortunately)
Iron or Cricut Easy Press
Ironing Mat or Ironing Board
Cricut Fabric Mat (only if using Cricut Maker or another cutting machine)
That’s the entire list. Your job here in Week One is to gather, buy, borrow, or steal (just kidding) all of these supplies so you’re ready to go.
Please note that you can make this entire project with a simple needle and thread and some scissors. The way I’m presenting it will make it faster and easier for you to follow.
Next week we’ll dive into cutting and piecing together all of the parts!
If you have any questions, email me. Also, when and if you don’t have time to make one of our projects BUT you REALLY, REALLY want one. Don’t panic! Just reach out to me and we can collaborate on how to get you EXACTLY what you want!
First: If there’s someone who you think would want to make this America Banner too, get them into the Maker’s Group. Send them the heck over to AmericanSchoolofCharm.com to subscribe. Fast … don’t let them miss anything!
Second: Great news! If you’re doing this project in June 2019 then I’m making a banner with you! That’s what I’ll be using for all of the breakout discussions that get into the nitty-gritty of making this project. Once finished, I’m giving it away! For FREE!!! All of the members of the Maker’s Group are entered automatically. Yay!!
If you want a second entry into this giveaway, go onto Instagram and re-pin any of my posts about the GIVEAWAY!!
Two entries aren’t enough? (You must really want to win!!) For a third entry (it almost seems unfair but you’ve got options), you can email your friends and cc or bcc me on it. Tell them all about the American School of Charm and let them know that they need to subscribe. Be sure to put the website link in the email!!
All of your hard work to get extra entries will benefit one of our Maker’s Group on June 25th! That’s when I’ll be doing the drawing and sending it out so the winner can have it in time for 4th of July!
That’s it for this week! Keep an eye out for next week’s email to let you know that the cutting and assembling instructions have been posted!
Happy Making, Ali!