Making a Banner

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Banners are a fun way to decorate for a holiday, party, or other event. They can be made in so many ways, from the computer banner to a crafty fabric display. This is a page about making a banner.


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This is a nice and colorful way to fill in all the empty spaces of a room that need "something" while you use up all the remnants of fabrics that are almost too small to do anything with.

College dorms, first apartments, and bedrooms all make ideal subjects for this easy-to-make crafty treatment.

Approximate Time: 3 or more hours




  1. Select your fabric based on the colors and prints you like best. Decide on one or more shapes to make your banners and get started. Decide on the shapes you'd like to use and make a pattern using an empty cereal box. If you want more than one shape, be sure to make patterns for all so that they end up being fairly close to the same size.
  2. Cut 2 pieces of the same or contrasting fabrics and sew them front sides together. You'll probably want to mark a seam line, then pin into place to make sewing faster and easier. Machine or handstitch. They're easy enough to sew by hand and watch TV at the same time.
  3. Leave the top of the banner open. Turn the banner to the right side, and press flat to sharpen edges.
  4. Use wide bias tape to string them together and sew the top sides of each banner into the fold of the tape. Space them so that they are either touching side-by-side or with the same distance between each banner.
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  6. Sew the bias tape all the way from one end to the other keeping the seam straight and making sure to capture the tops of every banner in the fold. This is made much easier if you pin everything in place prior to beginning to stitch.
  7. Tie the ends of the bias tape to a screw or nail in the wall or ceiling and you have instant room decor for anywhere you choose to put it.
  8. Source: My great-granddaughter, Bianca, who made all the banners in the pictures. She is a grad student at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh and will have her Master's in Art Management in May of this year. It's been a long hard 6 years, but she's having the time of her life right now with a first apartment. :-)


    By Julia from Boca Raton, FL

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October 3, 2007

Tips for making a banner for a birthday, holiday, or any celebration. Post your own ideas here.

Use A Sheet

My grandkids and I used a twin size white flat sheet and spray paint to welcome home their daddy from Iraq. Suddenly we saw a whole lot of them around here.


Mother's Day Banner On Freezer Paper

Depending on how wide you need the banner to be, you might consider getting out the freezer paper and some markers. Write your message to Mom. Decorate with tissue flowers or silk ones or even large stickers. Take something she enjoys and decorate with that theme. If she likes to dress up, take a high heeled shoe and trace onto paper, color it in adding glitter and a dazzling pair of earrings, and a necklace. If she enjoys cooking, draw an apron, rolling pin, pot and pan, etc.

or, if she loves to garden, draw flower pots, spades, veggies, rakes, hoes, etc. Is she into sewing, draw a tape measure, a huge thimble, a needle with thread coming out the eye and then make a checked fabric with markers. Does she like to quilt, do a patch work design. Just use you imagination and have fun. She will love it because it came from you.

By martha pitts

Dollar Store Mother's Day Banner

Depending on what you have to spend and how crafty you are and if you have any help, it might be kinda fun to go to the dollar store and get the following:Choose a sheet of construction paper for each letter. You might like to use one color for each word, ie: green for "happy" etc. With each sheet vertical (up and down) measure and lightly draw a line down each long side, 1/2-1 inch wide and do the same on the short sides. In the resulting box, lightly print in large caps to fill the box each letter of Happy Mother's Day (give the apostrophe it's own sheet too)

In the margins of each sheet, punch a hole about 1/2 to 1 inch from both top and bottom of each sheet, keeping the holes on each sheet even with the following ones. This is best done by measuring and marking a dot with a pencil on each one, then punching at the dots. Don't forget this is done on the "long" sides of each sheet "only". Apply reinforcements to each hole, "front and back", to keep the holes from ripping when the banner hangs. Using the tissue, cut 4-6 inch squares and grasp the center of each square, gathering it tightly. Glue the resulting bunches along your pencil lines, forming a floral letter on each sheet.

I am more in favor of using the artificial flowers as follows: remove stem and center of flowers, separating into petals. Glue petals separately along the lines of the letters, filling any center holes with a sticker, jewel, or other round decoration (sequins, buttons, etc.) Do this until you have each letter done. Arrange in order needed. Using some colorful yarn, string, etc. also available at dollar stores, tie each letter to the next one with a length of yarn, (not too long, experiment!) through top holes and bottom holes, leaving a little space between letter. On each end, add a hanging loop at top or bottom that you can hang over large map pins or stick tacks through to hang the banner. Good luck, if you use this, post a picture so we can all see it.

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Here is what I would like a banner printed on decent paper that says: HOLLYWOODS with the Hollywood Hills background. Black and White print. Notice the 'S' on Hollywood. You can easily create your own Hollywood Hills Banner by googling 'make your own Hollywood hills banner online'. I have done so already. My problem is that I can't get enough resolution to enlarge the picture to 12 inches high and 6 feet long. I'd like the banner printed on decent paper to decoupage onto a board. Thanks so much for any info.

Christine from Dover, DE


December 10, 20080 found this helpful

Call or go see a commercial printer. For such a small project it shouldn't take them much time or you much money. Good luck.

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