TUTO: Embroidered banner

Here's a DIY gift idea for Christmas! A felt banner, to make for your cousin, sister, pal or beloved colleague and have the pleasure of hearing "whaa but you made it?!"

Very easy to make, a little precision and patience are all you need, but I promise, nothing too complicated. 

👉Forthis DIY you need:

  • our model printed in A3 or 2x A4

Of course, you can also create your own lettering - just go for it! 

  • a fabric for the background, a3 size (optional)
  • a piece of fabric for the back if you wish to double it
  • felt in different colors
  • glue (in this case, classic green glue)
  • Tassel braid, or any braid you like 🙂
  • scissors
  • pins, sewing machine
  • an erasable felt-tip pen
  • scalpel or cutter + cutting mat or piece of cardboard
  • small stickers or masking tape

👉How tomake :

Start by printing this file shapes, A3 size. Cut out all the letters and motifs (note that there are 3 different sheet motif sizes). It may be necessary to print the file in 2 copies in order to have everything.

Please don't throw away your sheet once you've cut it all out - we'll be using it as a guide! 

Then trace the motifs one by one on the felt with the erasable felt-tip pen, each in the desired color. To see the colors we used, you can print out this file which is the complete version.

Cut out any shape! ✂️

Now take what's left of your cut-out sheet and place it on the right side of the fabric - that's the trick to getting all your pieces in the right place! Use the holes created during cutting to mark where to place the elements, using stickers or masking tape. Take a photo so you know what the stickers correspond to, get out your sheet of paper and off you go! 

You can now coat the back of the first element with glue, place it in position, and proceed in this way for each element, one by one. 

Feel free to measure the spacings with a ruler if you want precise positioning, since everything is to the same scale as on your model 🥰

You can also use it to lay the letters straight.

Optional: if you'd like to double the background, cut a fabric to the same dimensions (here, a simple black fabric), lay it right side up with your banner, pin on 3 of the sides, stitch at 1cm, leaving one whole side open. 

Gently turn over, fold the hem inwards on either side of the open side, pin in place, stitch at 0.5cm, and voilà! 

Now pin your braid all around your banner, edge to edge. Carefully stitch 0.5cm from the edge to secure the braid: if you're not used to a sewing machine, you can do this part by hand, using small stitches. 

You can sew a ribbon on the back for hanging, or leave it as is.

And ... TA-DA!!! 💜