Hello, friends! I am so excited to share this super simple DIY with you. I started making these veggie banners last spring and was actually selling them through my shop,Under A Tin Roof. It was an awesome idea, and I loved the interest that they got, but I realized pretty quickly that although they were really easy to make, I just couldn't keep up with making them all by hand! At least not as quickly as I found satisfactory. And while I could have sewn them with a machine, I just could not give up the cute look that happens when you stitch the shapes on my hand. You know?!
Today, I want to share with you how I make this cute little banner so that you may have one for yourself! At the end of the post, I have a digital pattern for you to use. It has all of the shapes for the veggies; just print, cut out the shapes, and use them like you would any other fabric pattern! Let's make this cute wall art.
Wool Felt for Vegetables in suggested colors (green, red, yellow, white, purple, orange)
Wool Felt for Banner sized 8.5x16"
Embroidery Thread in corresponding colors
Hot Glue Gun
Twine (for hanging)
1. Cut out the shape of your banner. It is actually the size of a standard piece of printer paper when finished, 8.5x11". This makes it really easy to measure out! I place a piece of printer paper on the fabric I'll be using as the banner, make my marks, and measure up another 4-5 inches longer. That way I have enough fabric to fold the banner over at the top to hang. Draw a few diagonal lines at the bottom end of the banner to create a point and cut those.
2. With the banner finished, start to cut out your veggies. You may use the pattern provided at the end of this post. You can which colors I used for my veggies, so plan accordingly if you wish! It might be fun to try something different as well. When the shapes are cut, place them in your desired positions on the banner and pin.
3. Now comes the fun part! Using your embroidery thread in corresponding colors (green thread for green felt), begin to stitch on the shapes. I used a pretty standard attachment stitch, the kind you would use sewing as a child. I like to make my stitches long and pronounced so they can be seen. I also use the entire 6-strands of a cotton embroidery thread so the stitches are thick. When you finish stitching around each shape, knot off on the back of the banner.
4. When the veggies are attached, fold over the extra inches at the top of the banner. Fold it to the back side of the banner, and with some hot glue, attach the flap to the backside. Make sure to leave it open on the back so that you may fit either some twine or a dowel rod through it - you need a way to hang it up!
5. If you have a dowel rod, you may use that to hang your banner, but I find some sturdy baker's twine works just as well. Thread your twine through the loop you may in the felt and tie the ends together. Hang!
See? It's really easy! And it makes such a cute final product. You'll love hanging this in your child's bedroom or above their play kitchen! I even like having it in my own kitchen. It's just a fun and playful little craft that I think you will enjoy. It would make a great project for a first-time sewer as well. I think it's so important to teach our children these types of skills!