9.13.2009

Printed Birthday Burlap Banner Tutorial

We are throwing a surprise 80th birthday party for my grandma. I made a birthday banner that I printed on burlap, and wanted to share how to make one yourself.
Supplies for banner: Burlap, contrasting thread, rotary cutter, pretty twine or ribbon to string banner on, and triangular pattern for banner. I just used a piece of cardboard so I could have a stable pattern that I wouldn't cut into with the rotary.
Supplies for printing on banner: Textile ink (craft store), stencil brush, alphabet stencils. I happened to get my stencils on clearance at Joann (89 c.). But you can always find some at your local craft store.
I cut out all of the triangles then edge-stitched with contrasting thread.
Now for the printing. I have a small piece of Plexiglas that I like to put my ink on, but any flat slick surface will work. Hold stencil tight so it won't slip, then dab the ink with stencil brush, not too thick so there won't be any bleeding.
Once you have the desired saturation of print gently lift stencil and, voila, you are on your way to a printed banner. After ink is completely dry, heat set with iron. Be sure to follow directions on back of ink bottle for setting the ink.
I used this twine to string my banner on. I folded top of banner and pressed, then sewed the twine in between burlap.
My finished banner says "that's right it's yer birthday!" Now go out there and make someone you know a special banner.

14 comments:

oh.amanda said...

Love it, she's one lucky lady! :)

Lindsay said...

Very cute. Happy Birthday to her!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is so fabulous! I saw this on Craft and got so excited. I'd love to link to it if you didn't mind.

melinda said...

of course, rachel, i don't mind at all.

fresh365 said...

This is so great!

yes.have some said...

yay aunt miye! wish we could be there... the banner looks amazing! i've always wanted to make a birthday banner... but never had anyone to make one for.

Fine Little Day said...

Great banner, good tip!

blue moss said...

fabulous!!!! love banners and love burlap!!!!
and happy birthday to your grandma :)

bigBANG studio said...

ooh this is just darling- what a wonderful material to use for the banner, and what a DARLING, darling blog! So happy to have found you! Come stop by my studio blog if you ever wish- I did a little post about wool and teacups that you might enjoy, given your apparent appreciation for the handmade and the repurposed! xo

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