I know Valentine's Day is only a few hours away, but I'm a last minute kind of girl and I have to share this weekend's project! This banner was really easy to make and the style would be perfect for Valentine's Day or a baby or wedding shower. Plus, for my fellow sewing-phobic friends out there, the only sewing involved was a few stitches with a needle and thread. Plus, I used burlap and scrapbook paper from previous projects, so it was free! (That never happens to me!) Here's how I did it.
Cricut for the letters and the inner paper triangles
Step 1: I had 2 yards of burlap, and I cut out 3 strips that were 2 inches wide. Since you'll be ruffling it, 6 yards makes only 6 feet of ruffle. Click here (and scroll down) to see my tips on cutting burlap in a straight line. (It's a lifesaver!)
Step 2: Take one of the center threads and pull it. Your burlap will start to ruffle.
When you get about halfway through, pull on a thread at the opposite end and start the ruffle from the other side. Repeat on your other strips.
Step 3: I cut around a 6 inch triangle I had cut out on my Cricut, leaving some extra room around the edges. I wasn't worried about being precise on this part. (I used the George & Basic Shapes cartridge and the triangle is Triangle 2.)
Step 4: Cut out 1 inch strips for the side ruffle. (I suggest cutting the side ruffles in lengths no longer than 1 foot to help keep the side ruffle perky.) Follow the same steps as above to make these shorter ruffles.
Step 5: Hot glue the ruffles around the edges of the triangle.
Step 6: Add the paper triangles and letters inside the burlap triangles. They should fit snugly in the center. I used Elmer's Glue Spray Adhesive to secure them and it worked perfectly. The triangles are 5 & 1/4 inches using the same Cricut cartridge and font as above. I used the Songbird Cricut cartridge in 3 inch letters for the word.
Step 7: Sew the length of the banner together. I used a string of burlap for my thread and you can't tell it's pieced together.
Step 8: Center your letters and stitch them together! I also stitched each end of the burlap shut so it didn't come undone.
I think I might be more excited to pull this out for a wedding shower than Valentine's Day! It would be so cute to make a personalized one for the bride and groom too! Now I just need one of my friends to get engaged. : ) Let us know your creative ideas for one of these fun banners! They definitely make the world a cuter place!
Have fun & Happy Valentine's Day!