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Sew your own inspirational wall art!
We all make mistakes or do dumb things. It's OK, it's not the end of the world I always here people say. I constantly need reminded of this in my sewing room so I decided to make my own inspirational wall banner to hang next to my sewing machine. This is a fun project to make as you can personalize it any way you like. What saying inspires you? Make it out of different fonts, fabrics and sizes. I'm going to show you how I made mine in a few easy steps.

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  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 1
    Step 1

    Using a Word document type your saying using the font of your choosing and print onto paper. My font was Cooper Black at a size of 200.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 2
    Step 2

    Trace your letters onto your fusible interface. You will want to trace your letters onto the fusible side of the interface so make sure your fusible side is facing up when tracing otherwise your letters will be backwards when you iron the interface onto your fabric.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 3
    Step 3

    Iron your interface onto the wrong side of your fabric. You will notice your letters are backwards which is exactly what you want to see.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut out your letters. The interface will keep your fabric from fraying.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 5
    Step 5

    For the banner use some tracing paper to make a template. You can make your banner as big or small as you'd like. You will see in the photo the measurements I used for mine.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 6
    Step 6

    Using your template cut out 2 of your fabric and 2 of your fusible interface. Trim your interface down so that it's smaller than your fabric to avoid adding extra bulk to your seams.

    Iron your interface onto the wrong side of your fabric.

    Note: I didn't want my banner to be too flimsy and I only had light weight interface so that's why I cut two pieces of interface for front and back. If you have a heavier weight fusible interface you could probably get away with only cutting one piece.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 7
    Step 7

    Place your two pieces wrong sides together. Leaving the top open sew the other 4 sides using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

    I find it helpful to take my seam gauge and a pencil and mark the seam allowance on my three corners so I know where to stop and turn when sewing.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 8
    Step 8

    Trim the seams around each corner so you will get a well formed point.
    Turn the banner right side out. Use a point turner (or a dull pencil if you don't have a point turner) to help form crisp corners. Iron your seams flat.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 9
    Step 9

    Topstitch around the banner about 1/8th from the edge. Following that row of stitches, topstitch again 1/8th inch away.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold your top edge under 1/4 inch and iron. Fold over again by 1 inch this time and iron. Pin in place and take to your machine and sew the fold in place about 7/8th inch from the top edge. Now you have an opening for your dowel rod.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 11
    Step 11

    Position your letters onto your banner where you see fit. When your happy with the placement glue them down with some Liquid Stitch fabric glue.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 12
    Step 12

    Cut your dowel rod to the length needed (I used a carpenter's knife - be careful) and insert into your banner. Wrap twine around both ends of the dowel rod and knot.

    Note: my dowel rod was 1/4 inch thick in diameter.

  • How to make a hanging. DIY: Inspirational Banner - Step 13
    Step 13

    Hang wherever a little inspiration is needed!

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