I’m sure I’ve mentioned a few times how much I love burlap! I still do. I love using it as part of my home decor. I also love banners! So for St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to make a banner with the word “LUCKY” spelled out and a couple of shamrocks. Super easy.
Do you love it as much as I do? Want to know how I made it? Here it is!
* A little update: When I originally made the banner, I had every intention of stringing twine though the casing to hang it, so my instructions below will reflect this. It was only until later, after toying with the display over and over and over, that I realized I liked it hanging with clothespins. Yeah, I’m indecisive, but I always decide in the end!
- Burlap (probably a half yard will do)
- Lightweight fabric of choice (for letters and shamrocks)
- Heat n’ Bond Lite
- Twine (or any string or ribbon for hanging)
- Safety pin
- Your basic sewing necessities: machine, thread, scissors, iron
1. You’re going to need 7 squares. Cut them at 6″ x 7″. They will end up being 6″ x 6″ squares when finished.
2. Fold each piece down an inch on the 7″ side and iron to hold it in place. This will make your casing to slip the twine through.
3. Sew down the casing with about a quarter seam allowance. You don’t want to sew too close to the edge in case the burlap frays. Now put aside your burlap squares.
4. Iron on the heat n’ bond to the wrong side of your fabric. Cut out the word “lucky” and two shamrocks. You can use microsoft word to create stencils and do a quick image search to find shamrocks online. Or, if you have a Silhouette Cameo, you can cut them out that way like I did.
5. Peel backing off of your letters and shamrocks, and iron them onto the burlap squares using a low temperature, no steam setting (or, according to packaging instructions). Now admire how lovely they look adhered to the burlap! The packaging recommends sewing your appliqué onto the fabric after ironing, but I don’t find it necessary with this project. The letters stay on just fine. I made happy birthday and heart banners in a similar fashion a year ago and it’s still holding up just great!
6. Attach the end piece of your twine to a safety pin and slowly feed it into the casing you made.
And that’s it! Now you can hang your banner up and stare at it endlessly like me!
Keep in mind that this material sheds… big time! I can’t recall the number of times I sneezed while assembling the banner. Luckily, it’s easy to clean up. Also, the edges will fray. You can probably spray some fray check on it but I personally like the not-so-perfect look so I kept it the way it is.
Oh, see that cute subway art up there? Got it from here. It’s awesome and free – so go print one out and frame it! The flowers? Those are Bells of Ireland! Aren’t they pretty? They made me smile when I saw them, so I picked up a bunch at my local Trader Joe’s and stuck them in some empty jars I had that were waiting to be used!
Thanks for stopping by and looking at my pretty green display!