How to Make a No-Sew Fall Banner for Your Home

Colorful fabric banners are a wonderful way to decorate your mantle or entry way for any season or holiday. This festive banner will welcome your guests with a wreath of fall leaves and a cheerful greeting!
This beautiful banner is an easy beginner project that can be made over a weekend. Using artificial or paper leaves, this autumn banner requires no sewing and just a few materials. Although I've included a written greeting, you can also choose to decorate your banner with more artificial flowers or ribbon instead.
The materials for this project are flexible, depending on the style you want for your banner and the materials you have on hand. In addition to artificial or paper leaves, you can add other decorative details like buttons, glitter, and ribbon.
The first step is to select and cut your fabric for your banner. Felt or fleece fabric work best for making a no-sew banner because they don't fray when cut. However, if you have the ability to hem or add a border to your banner, you can certainly use other fabrics. I kept my banner simple by using a piece of felt.

This banner is designed to be hung from a dowel at the top edge. You can add another dowel to the bottom edge too. When calculating the size of your fabric, be sure to add at least an inch to the length to wrap around your top dowel, and another inch if you plan to add a dowel to your bottom edge (this will help your banner hang straight). I've posted all the steps on my blog at
Once you cut the fabric for your banner, you can start doing a dry (no glue) arrangement of your leaves. I laid out my leaves in a round wreath, but you can arrange you leaves in any design you want.
The next step is to attach your leaves with glue. Having a few canned goods or books handy will help weigh down the elements on your banner as they dry.
To make your own fall banner, check out my step-by-step directions with photos on my blog at
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  • Linda Booker Tyler Linda Booker Tyler on Oct 09, 2015
    Can also use iron on pelon. Did this back in the 80's to add poinsettias to sweat shirts.

    • Donna Donna on Oct 10, 2015
      @Linda Booker Tyler Great idea! Thanks!

  • Laura G Laura G on Oct 10, 2015
    I'm going to adapt this for a Preschool project for 3 year olds. Thanks for the good idea

    • Donna Donna on Oct 11, 2015
      @Laura G You're welcome :) I hope the children have fun and enjoy making their fall projects!