Summer Dreams DIY Banner with 2 Bonus Projects

You will learn how to make all the components for the 6 ft. banner. It can be used for parties or home décor inside and out of doors. Even on a camping trip!

Once you learn how to make the basic components you will be able to make a banner, a wall hanging or a mobile using an embroidery hoop or small hula hoop.

Please watch our YouTube video for additional instructions on all 3 projects!


Supplies for 6 ft. banner:

½ yard for main flag fabric

½ yard for flag lining

12 ft cotton cording, clothesline or heavy jute or yarn (longer if going to hang outside)

Assorted fat quarters or 8” square scarps for yo yo’s

Assorted yarn for pom poms and tassels (a great way to use up your leftovers and If you don’t knit or crochet maybe a friend does)

Basic sewing supplies:

Darning needle

Sewing machine

Rotary cutter and cutting mat

Clover pom pom maker and yo yo maker (optional) or a 3” piece of cardboard.

Pattiwack tassel maker (optional) or 4” by 4” piece of cardboard

Bells and wooden beads for embellishments


Instructions:

Flag:

1. Cut 4 pieces of the front flag fabric and 4 pieces of the lining fabric 6” W by 18” L. 

2. With right sides together sew around 3 sides leaving one of the 6” sides open. Clip corners and turn right side out. Press.

3. Turn open side in ½” and pin. 

4. Top stitch around the entire flag ¼” from the edge.

5. Fold over (lining sides together) leaving 1 ½” of the lining fabric showing. Pin at top and sew ½” from the folded edge to form the casing. 

6. Make 4 small yo-yos with 3” circles and sew a bell onto each (use the same method you use to make the large yo-yos below. 

7. Sew the 4 yo-yos with bells onto the bottom of the front of the flag. 


Tassel/yo-yo/pom droplet and fabric strips:

1. Cut ten, 6” circles of assorted solid fabrics. Fold and press ¼” onto the wrong side of the fabric. With the needle and thread sew a running stitch around the edge. Start to gently pull the thread and gather. Sew in and out of the folds from the front to the back and whip stitch to secure, clip the thread tails.

2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to make 5 poms with the Clover pom-pom maker (or you can use a 3” piece of stiff cardboard. Fold the cardboard in half and wind yarn around. Slip an 18” piece of yarn inside the cardboard. Pull tight and tie a double knot, slip off cut loops and trim. 

3. For the tassel wrap the yarn several times around the 4” cardboard, slip an 18” length of yarn through the top and tie a double knot. Slip off and wrap and tie a 12” piece of yarn and tie in a double knot. Trim off the bottom. Make 5 tassels. You can also use the Pattiwack tassel maker.

4. Thread the tassel tails through the darning needle, thread the bead, and pom-pom onto the yarn tails. Lay the yarn tails on the wrong side of one yo-yo about 1” above the pom-pom. and place the 2nd yo-yo on top with the wrong sides together. You can either stitch together or use fabric glue to secure. (a circle of fusible webbing can also work).

5. Slit and tear 8 strips of fabric about 1 to 1 ½” wide and cut into 24” lengths.


Assemble the banner:

1. Wrap one end of the cording with tape and put a safety pin through the end. Feed all 5 flags onto the cording, leaving a 10” space between each flag.

 

2. Tie a yo-yo tassel droplet in the center space. Fold strips of fabric in half and loop under cording. Slip tails through the loop and pull tight.

3. Knot each end of the cording to prevent it from unwinding.


Birch Branch Wall Hanging:

 

  1. Using the directions above make 2 tassels and 4 pom-poms leaving 12” tails. The Flag is made the same way with fabric and lining cut 18” L and 8 “ W.
  2. Cut five, 3” circles for the yo-yos. Assemble flag as in the banner and feed cording through the casing and tie onto the birch branch. Leave 10” tails on cording. Untwist if desired.
  3. Tie 36” hanger cord on to each end of the branch. 


Hoop Mobile (not meant for baby or toddlers)

  1. Make four flags with fabric and lining 6” L by 4” W. This is a single layer flag. Sew right sides together around 3 sides. Turn right side out and fold under open-end ½” and press flag. Fold over the open end a ½” sew across to make the casing. 
  2. We used strips of torn fabric to wrap the hoop  (in peach) and make the 4 ties 12” long (with our striped white and black fabric) to hang the mobile. Tie each length onto the hoop and all four together at the top.
  3. The tassel/yo-yo/pom-pom droplets are made the same as in the banner  (make 4) Make sixteen 1” yo-yos (cut circle 2 ½ “ to make the yo-yos) 
  4. Assemble the flags and droplets as you did in the banner instructions. 
  5. Slip a double length of yarn through the cording and tie flag onto the hoop. Tie tassel yo-yo pom droplets in between each flag.                                      






93 comments

Katie Pushor

So adorable! I would love to win a mini iron!!!

Katie Pushor
Max

Fun projects. Thanks for sharing.

Max
Janet Schwartz

This would be a great project for my Great Granddaughter this summer. She loves to sew what she can. Thanks!

Janet Schwartz
Sandy

Being given the chance to win an Oliso mini iron would be great—especially for quilt piecing and working with smaller projects. Thanks for the bonus projects for inspiration!

Sandy
Luci Randall

Adorable projects and fabrics. I’d love the mini iron and pattern. Woohoo!

Luci Randall
Karen H

Thanks for the tutorial and also for a chance to win your mini iron- I have the larger Oliso iron and really love it- it would be nice to have the mini one for classes and smaller projects

Karen H
Maria Heckman

Would love to win the mini iron for my tiny pocket prayer quilts!

Maria Heckman
Maria Heckman

Would love to win the mini iron for my tiny pocket prayer quilts!

Maria Heckman
Austa

The mini iron looks so fun!

Austa
kathy a

interesting project. a mini iron would be great. i would probably probably be further ahead with my sewing projects, but with my son’s passing and the virus restrictions watching grand kids has become a priority

kathy a
Rita S

My mini iron is broke so a new Oliso would be perfect. Love the projects.

Rita S
ROSE MARIE TAFOYA

The projects look so interesting and fun! Perfect for summer and fall. The mini iron would work so well for these projects.

ROSE MARIE TAFOYA
Julie Mirdoch

Wow, what an amazing project!!! I have to find some of that material, as it’s right up my alley! I foster 12 orphan baby elephants in Kenya, so made my heart sing. And such a great give-away to be able to win a mini-iron!

Julie Mirdoch
Cathy k

I think the project looks fun. I would love that mini iro

Cathy k
LeAnn Anderson

Both projects look fun and easy to do. Thank you for the chance to win a mini iron.

LeAnn Anderson
Signe

Cutest summer banners. I’ve turned to more small projects and this is inviting. I love the idea of sharing work outdoors. A mini iron …. what could be better!

Signe
Andrea

I absolutely love this! So fun and I want to make immediately. Thank you for such a cute idea that is boho!

Andrea
Trixi Bitterle

That mini iron is awesome.

Trixi Bitterle
Debbie Reynolds

I would love to win the mini Iron! Thanks for the banner instructions.

Debbie Reynolds
Sandy

I’m new to quilting and love your project and directions. I made pompoms a little differently. But will try your way. And I would love an oliso iron.

Sandy
Teri Hackett

Great tutorial and wonderful project. Thanks for a chance to win a mini iron

Teri Hackett
Karen

I love your banner. Thanks for the instructions and the inspiration.

Karen
Julie B

Great projects. The mini iron would be great for using at a retreat.

Julie B
Julie B

Great projects. The mini iron would be great for using at a retreat.

Julie B
Cris Beutler

I’m working on an old UFO which is Batik Circles using some of my own hand-dyed fabrics. That little iron would be perfect for this project!! Thanks for letting me enter your drawing.

Cris Beutler

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