DIY...Spring Felt Banner

6 Materials
2 Hours
Create a soft and delicate look by dyeing white felt using inks.
My Welcome Spring Banner turned into a real labor of love.

I began this project with the idea of using fun pink and purple hand cut
felt flowers. After I cut all the flowers and leaves, I decided to dye the embroidered letters. The letters turned out so soft and delicate, I needed something softer for the flowers.

So…more flowers and more dyeing!  (make sure to read all the instructions below.)

I could of kept things simple and glued all the flowers in place, but noooo…instead at the last minute I committed myself to stitching the entire thing.

Let me tell you…I’m not a stitcher!    (But, I am pretty satisfied by the way they turned out.)
To make the Welcome Spring Banner you’ll need:

  • Joy® iron-on embroidered letter sheet-white
  • White Felt
  • Dye Ink – blue, green, pink and lavender
  • Mini Misters*   (two)
  • Small Wood Dowel or Bamboo Skewer
  • 18″ Jute
  • Needle and thread
  • Beacon Adhesives Felt Glue*
  • Non Stick Craft Mat
  • Buttons
  • Trim
  • Add several drops of dye ink to each misting bottle.
  • Remove letters from backing sheet and place on a Non Stick Craft Mat or (wax paper).
  • Spritz the letters with both blue and green ink for a variegated look.  Allow the ink to soak into the letters then dab away excess ink and water with a paper towel.  Let dry.
Look at how beautiful the letters dried.  
  • Create simple, hand drawn flowers (small, medium and large), circle and leaf patterns onto plain white paper.  Cut then trace around the patterns onto white felt.  Cut out shapes.
  • Spray the leaves green, set aside then spray the flowers and circles one color at a time.  Allow them to dry overnight.
  •  Layer the circle, small flower and large flower on top of each other then stitch in place.  Use a small amount of glue to hold the pieces in place while you stitch.
I love how the ink pooled at the edges of the pink flowers!
  • To create the banner shape, fold a 10″ x 14″ piece of white felt in half lengthways.  Cut diagonally across the bottom from the center fold to a point about 3″ up from the bottom corner on the outer edges.  Stitch the flowers to the banner using a button at the center of each one.  Tuck leaves underneath the outer edges of the flowers then stitch in place.
  • Set iron to cotton setting, approx. 350°, or follow garment care label.  Position letters with shiny side down on felt, then iron the letters in place as shown.  Cover letters with a fine cloth.  With firm pressure, iron cloth over the letters for 30 seconds.  Turn banner over and iron the back of the letters for 30 seconds.

  • Use a sewing machine to stitch the banner to backing material, then stitch trim in place across the top and around the bottom edge if desired.

  •  If you need to finish your banner in less time, glue the flowers, leaves and trim in place, then use a fusible interfacing to adhere the felt banner to a backing.

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