Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December Tutorial Tuesday #2 - Reversible Banner

Imagine my excitement when asked to be this month's guest for Tutorial Tuesday on the Whimsical Fabric blog! Hello there, I'm Rebekah from RebekahSews, here to show you a tutorial to make a reversible fabric banner. You really can use this for any occasion! I chose to put Merry Christmas on one side and Happy New Year! on the other. This is perfect for decorating or photos. I'm using it for both! It even made it into our family Christmas card this year and is now currently above our mantle. Just take a look at some of our photos!

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3/4 yrd each of Background Fabric 
1 Fat Quarter each of letter fabric
8 yrds Twill Tape (or 4yrds of each color if doing two different colors)
Wonder Under 
2 yrds Interfacing (medium weight)Matching  
Sewing Machine   

My Picks:
For the Merry Christmas side: 
For the Happy New Year side: 
Twill Tape: 3/4” Herringbone twill tape in Champagne and Red

1. First, we will cut our pendant pattern piece. It really can be any shape you choose: triangle, rectangle... I chose a rectangle with a curved bottom. I made it 8" tall and 6" wide. Make sure it is symmetrical.

2. Take your pattern piece and cut 14 of each of your background fabrics and 28 each of your interfacing. 

3. You will need to make your letters and the exclamation point. For my letters I used this site and just played around with it till I got the size that worked with the pendants. My settings where: 6~31/32", scale 2:1, supersize, font: Verdana.

4. After you cut out your paper letters we will now need to cut out the fabric ones. First, fuse a large piece of wonder under to your letter fabrics according to manufacture directions. 

5. Then, trace your letters to the right side of the fabric. Make sure you only trace the letters you need on each fabric. 

6. Cut your fabric letters out.

7. Next we are going to spend some quality time with our iron. Iron your interfacing on to the backs of the background fabric according to manufacture directions.

8. Peel the back off the wonder under and iron each letter to its background fabric according to manufacture directions. Make sure they are all nice and centered. *For the New Year's side you will have one blank pendant. You can choose to leave it blank or you can add a little decoration here. The choice is yours.

9. Let's begin appliquéing. Because the wonder under was used to fuse the letters to the background fabric the edges won't fray. This gives us two options for appliquéing. You can choose to satin stitch like I did with the Merry Christmas side or you can straight stitch around the edge like I did with the Happy New Year side. 

10. Find a large space to lay everything out. Lay out Merry Christmas and then under that lay out Happy New Year BACKWARDS. This is important so that when you turn the banner around to display the other side it will be the right way.

11. Take the letters under and lay them on top of the letter above it with right sides together. Example: The H and the Y go together. The A and the R go together... 

12. Using a 3/8" seam allowance sew the two pendants together around the sides leaving the top open. Do this to all the letters.

13. Clip your curve if your pendant has one or clip the points if you chose a different shape. Turn your pendant right side out and press.

14. Time to topstitch. If you want two different colors for topstitching put one color on top and one in the bobbin. Topstitch 1/8" away from the edge, making sure that your colors correspond if you are doing two different colors like I did.

15. Let's start row 1 which for me is "Happy" and on the other side, "Merry". Take each color of your Twill Tape and cut 54". 

16. Now take one 54" piece and lay it on top of the other. If you notice a right and wrong side, place them wrong sides together. Now, sew along one edge of the twill tape, 1/8"-1/4" away from the edge.

17. Find the middle of the 54" piece and line up the center of the middle letter of row one word: the R/P pendant with the center of the 54" piece. Then place the rest of the letters 1" away from each pendant. Sandwich the pendents between the twill tape.

18. Once they are all pinned/clipped in place make sure the letters spell what they are supposed on both front and back. This is what happens when you check only one side.

Yes this was finished. Time for the seam ripper! 

19. You will repeat step 16 with the remaining twill tape piece for the second row of the banner. The only exception is that we will have to finish both ends of the twill tape. To finish the ends, just fold both into the middle or wrong side 1/2" so that they are sandwiched in-between the outside.

20. Repeat directions 17-18 for the remaining piece of the twill tape and row 2 of the letters.

21. Take both rows to your sewing machine and sew the open edge closed. Sew 1/8"-1/4" from the edge, making sure you catch the pendant in-between the layers. 

22. Time to attach row 1 and row 2 together, this does involve a very small amount of seam ripping. Take row two and measure 5" from the first and last letter going outward from those letters and mark. You will need to seam rip from that mark to another 1.5" out only on the top row of stitching. 

23 Take row 1 and clip the ends of the twill tape so that you create a slant. You will now insert that slanted edge into the area you just seam ripped, in-between the two layers.

24. Sew both open areas closed. 

25. You are now done. Isn't it beautiful? Now go decorate as you please.


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 Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm

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