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All is Bright Banner

 

Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
Add an elegant look to your home as you deck the halls for the holidays!

This banner design uses bulb-shaped designs and ribbon to give the illusion of ornaments hanging from the fabric. Wide ribbon is used to make a beautiful bow at the top.

Read on for step-by-step instructions!
 

Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner


Supplies Needed:

**1 yard fabric; I used faux
   suede for the front and back
   of the banner.


**1/2 yard sturdy fabric, such
   as lightweight canvas, for
   the embroidery designs.

**Medium weight cutaway
   stabilizer

**
Temporary spray adhesive

 
Supplies Continued: 

**Air-erase pen or dressmaker's pencil (for marking and placement)


**
Double-sided fusible web

**2 yards of 1/2" wide decorative trim

**
4 yards of 1/2" to 3/4" wide ribbon
  (for ornament "hangers", small bows, and loop hangers)

**1 yard of 1 1/2" wide wired ribbon (for large bow)

**One decorative tassel

**Fabric glue

**One pipe cleaner or craft wire (for large bow)

**Decorative gems, hot glue, and hot glue gun (optional)

 



Designs Used:

I used the medium size of the Filigree Shepherd and Sheep Ornament, Filigree Christmas Star Ornament, Filigree Bethlehem Ornament, Filigree Angel Ornament, and Filigree Baby Jesus Ornament for this project. Find even more Christmas ornament designs by visiting the Bulbs & Ornaments department!

Finished Size:
21 1/2" wide by 28 1/2" high
 

 


Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 

To get started, cut a piece of  lightweight canvas a bit larger than your hoop. Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, attach the hoop to the machine, and load and embroider the first design.



Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 
When the design has finished, using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, measure and make marks 1/2" out from the outer edges of the design. Draw a line connecting the marks. I am leaving the stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery to help give the fabric more support. Add a piece of double-sided fusible web to the backside of the embroidery.


Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 

Cut out the shape along the line you just drew. Repeat the hooping, embroidering, and cutting process for the remaining designs. I prepared a total of five but you can do any many or as little as you like.



Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 

To prepare the front of the banner, measure, mark, and cut a 23" wide by 31" rectangle.

To create the "v" shaped bottom of the banner, measure and mark 9" up along each side starting at the bottom corners. Measure and mark the center bottom of the fabric by measuring and dividing by two. Draw lines connecting the center bottom mark and the side marks. Cut the fabric along these lines.



Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 

Lay the front of the banner fabric flat with the right side facing up. Remove the fusible web backing from the embroidered pieces and arrange them on top of the fabric how you want them. Press the center of embroidered pieces in place using your fingers. Do not press the tops and bottoms of them just yet. I left a couple of inches of space in between the outer edges of the embroidered pieces and the outer edges of the fabric.


To add the ornament "hangers" cut lengths of 1/2" to 3/4" ribbon to extend in between the embroidered pieces from the tops of the ornaments to the top edge of the banner fabric. Pin the ribbon in place and tuck the ends of the ribbons under the embroidered pieces. Press down the tops and bottoms of the embroidered pieces in place over the ribbon.



Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 
Using a pressing cloth over the embroidered pieces and the front banner fabric, iron the pieces to activate the fusible web (to prevent scorching or melting of the fabric - follow the instructions on the fusible web packaging). After the pieces have been ironed, zig-zag stitch around the outer edges of each piece. Or, you can use a decorative stitch to tack them in place. Also, sew a straight seam down the center of each ribbon.


Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 
To prepare the back banner fabric, lay the front piece on top of the fabric for your back piece, right sides together, pin in place, and cut around the shape of the front piece.

To prepare the hangers for the banner, cut four pieces of 1/2" to 3/4" wide ribbon to 6" long. Form the ribbon pieces into loops and tuck them in between the fabric layers along the top edge of the banner.


Leave about 1/2" of the raw ends of the loops extending out past the outer edges of the fabric. Place two of the loops about one inch away from the upper corners and the remaining two loops about 6" in from the first two loops. Pin the loops in place and sew a 1/2" seam around the outer edges of the fabric leaving about 5" open along one side and about one inch open at the bottom point.



Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 
Turn the fabric right side out, press the seams (once again using a pressing cloth). Turn the fabric of the large side opening in 1/2" and press. Insert the loop of the decorative tassel in between the layers at the bottom point and pin in place. Top stitch a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edges of the fabric. To add the decorative trim, add drops of fabric glue along the side and bottom edges of the fabric and press the trim in place.


Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 
To prepare the small bows, cut a 18" length of 1/2" to 3/4" wide ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around a pen or pencil, tie the ribbon into a knot, and then tie the bow tightly. Remove the ribbon from the pen or pencil.


Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 
Creating a large bow can be tricky, but there are YouTube videos like this one that show how it's done.

I used 1 1/2" wide ribbon, and rolled the end of the ribbon over a couple of times.


Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 
Then, with my other hand, I made loops along one side and then the other, twisting the ribbon over once as I passed under the rolled center loop.

I made them progressively large as I went. When all the loops were formed, I cut a 30" tail of ribbon extending out from the bow.

Bring the end of the tail to the bottom of the center loop and insert a pipe cleaner or a length of craft wire through the center loop and around all the twists of the side loops. Twist the wire under the center loop to tightly hold the bow together. Cut the tail in two at the bottom center of the ribbon tail.


Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner
 
Glue the ribbons in place using hot glue or fabric glue - I added small ribbons to the tops of each embroidered piece and at the bottom center of the banner. I also added a decorative gem to the center bottom bow. Add the large bow at the top center of the banner and glue the tails in place along the top edge.

Free project instructions to make an All is Bright Banner

This project is a wonderful way to tell the story of Christmas with embroidery designs. Choose other designs for other special occasions - weddings, baptisms, Easter, and more!

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Products used in this Project:

Filigree Ornament with Star $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.02" x 7.89" | 4.14" x 6.51" | 2.47" x 3.86"

Filigree Ornament with Manger $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.86" x 6.72" | 4.89" x 5.61" | 3.37" x 3.86"