I’ve been having craft nights every Wednesday at my house. Most of the time it’s just Jenn and myself, but last Wednesday we were greeted by my pals Kyle and Matt of Tymeless Tattoo. The owner and another artist at the shop where my office is located right next to. While Jenn and I had our crafts underway, they came over (I live right across the street from the shop/my office) and joined us and started crafting! My craft for the week was a Merry Christmas Banner! I picked out various felt colors, got some floss, sticker letters and glue sticks all from my local craft store, everything else I already had on hand. I totally opened the package of sticker letters to make sure it came with enough repeating letters to spell what I wanted, too. People probably thought I was being a punk or something! I made sure to purchase the one that I opened. I found that buying these letters (with a 50% coupon) was easier than tracing/cutting/sewing them onto the felt triangles. You can do whatever you’d like!
What you’ll need:
1. felt – I chose four different greens
2. floss/string – I picked white
3. felt sticker letters
6. hot glue gun + glue sticks
I started out by writing the words Merry Christmas out on my sheet of paper and giving the letters an assigned color to figure out how many triangles of each color I needed. It was a little tedious/silly but it was the easiest way for me to see what I needed to do.
I placed the widest letter (M) on a piece of paper and drew a triangle around it, leaving enough space so there would be a border around the entire letter. I cut out the triangle and began tracing onto the green felt colors I picked out.
I cut the string (didn’t measure, just cut a pretty good length) and tied a knot at the end of it and threaded it into my needle and began sewing at a corner of the triangle. I left a little space between each so it looked like a nice stitching pattern. I kept sewing until I made it back around to where I started. I knotted the two end pieces in the back and glued them down so them wouldn’t fray or get in the way of the front design.
I then repeated the last step with each letter for “Merry Christmas.” The most time consuming part of this project was sewing each triangle, but I found it very therapeutic. It was nice to get off of my computer away from “work” and just do something for fun! — Even though I photographed my steps, haha! The last step which I forgot to photograph was hot gluing the ribbon to the back of each triangle. I bought 2.5 yards of a pretty lacy type of ribbon, spaced the triangles a bit and glued it down two or three times so it was secure. I also used two green tacks to tack the banner on my wall. You can use tape or whatever adhesive you want to hang your banner!