How to Make a Valentine Banner

How to Make a Valentine Banner

Hello, Friends!  I hope that 2015 is off to a good start for each one of you!  I have to confess, I’m sort of relieved to be “back to normal” after all the holiday hubbub.  I had loads of fun with family, ate (too much!) good food and made lots wonderful memories…but I kinda love my every day life, and I’m glad to be back to it!  So many of you contacted me right before the holidays asking me to do a tutorial for the Christmas and winter banners I shared with you, and today, I’m making good on that promise.  This is “How to Make a Valentine Banner Day.”  I have a step by step tutorial and loads of photos to share with you.  So go grab a snack and your favorite cuppa and we’ll get down to business.

Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial

Kathy by Design/Valentine Banner Tutorial

Here’s a look at the finished product.  You will need the following material to make this banner:

Preparing the Valentine Banner Pieces

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Stitching the Valentine Banner Pieces Together

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If you wish to add a layer of patterned paper to your banner, the dimensions will be 3.75″ wide by 5″ tall.  Layer all your pennants together as you see here, and trim if necessary to make all the borders even.  You want to make sure that the “V” portion of your banner lines up on all three layers.  Once I was happy with this, I just used a paper clip to hold all those layers in place.

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Now it’s time to stitch the layers together.  I stitched around the inside layer using a straight stitch, and then the outer layer with a zig zag stitch.

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Lay all your pennant pieces out on your work surface, and determine how much space you want between each piece.  I have about 2.5″ between each pennant.  Lay your ribbon down on the work surface and then clip your sewn pennants onto the ribbon as pictured above.  Leave a 6″ overhang of ribbon on both the left and right hand sides. Then trim the right hand edge of the ribbon so you can sew the pennants to the ribbon.

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I started sewing on the left hand side of my pennant at the spot where the left hand edge of the pennant met the ribbon.  I sewed a zig zag stitch along the top edge of the ribbon, all the way down the length of the ribbon until I had sewed the top of all the pennants to the top of the ribbon.  Then I went back to the left hand side of my banner and sewed a second straight line about 1″ below the top line.  Now you are ready to decorate your Valentine Banner.

Decorating Your Valentine Banner
Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design/Valentine Banner Tutorial

This really is the fun part!   I dug into the Closet of Shame and pulled out all my Valentine goodies.  I knew I wanted to add some burlap panels and some natural burlap string to add texture. I  inked the edges of my images with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and matted the main images with the second sheet of kraft cardstock.  I find this unifies a composition and helps to define the layers.

Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

There’s not an exact science to this…I usually start by placing my main image on each pennant and then I just layer on the bits and pieces, moving them around until I ‘m happy with the result.  Then, and only then, do I start to glue things down.  If you use foam spacers between your layers, it adds a lot of depth and dimension.  I used my hot glue gun to attach the flowers and the little rosettes.

Now that you have everything glued down, cut three 6-8″ sections of the light pink dots organza and tie them onto the antique gold gingham ribbon in between each pennant.  Cut two 12″ pieces of the Light Pink stitched burlap ribbon and tie into a bow on each end of the pennant, as you see in the photos.  Slip your “o” binding rings onto the back side of these bows, between the burlap ribbon and the gingham ribbon.  Let the tails hang down as I did, or trim them if you prefer.  Now your banner is ready to hang.

Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design Valentine Banner Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

I’ve added some detail photos here for you so you can sort of study the composition of each pennant in the banner.  There’s no right or wrong way to do this….just arrange everything the way you like.  You can create a really clean and simple banner using this technique or dress it up even more than I did.  It’s all according to your taste!

Well, if you’ve hung with me this long, you deserve a round of applause!  I hope I was able to answer your questions about making these banners, and I hope you’ll have loads of fun making these to decorate your own homes.  Banners add so much cheer and warmth..especially in the dead of winter!

Thanks for stopping by today!



14 thoughts on “How to Make a Valentine Banner

  1. Gail

    Thank you so much for making posting how you made this beautiful banner. It’s absolutely gorgeous and now I want to give one a try! Thanks! Hugs, Gail

  2. Deborah

    Hi, I’m a new follower. Totally love this banner, so super for Valentine’s Day. Love how you sewn the different papers together and embellished each banner differently. So Darling I have to keep looking at it, so cute. lol I had planned on making a Valentine’s Banner this year and I might do something like this, without the sewing. I can’t sew a stitch, ends up all wonky! 😀
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Anita Houston

    LOVE the vintage Valentine images!!! Just gorgeous how you arranged everything, and your sewing is perfection! So straight and precise! Fabulous banner!!! PINNED!!!

  4. carol

    Hello Kathy and a very Happy, Healthy and peaceful New Year. Thank you for all the wonderful pictures and instructions for your beautiful banners. They really are beautiful. I started mine after I saw your Christmas banners and I am still working on them, I am going to do them vertical so they hang down on my wall. Take care and thanks again for the inspiration x

  5. karenladd

    This is so beautiful! I love the stitching detail and the vintage design. I would want to keep this hanging in my craft room all year!!

  6. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, what a gorgeous banner. thank you so much for the detailed tutorial. I needed that. love how you put it all together. I am also going to have a look at the Crafty Secrets digital. who knows what will happen from there. thank you for your encouragement.

    1. Robin

      Love your Valentine Banner! Thanks for giving such great directions & providing the detailed photos. I’m going to set up my sewing machine and try & make a banner like you did. You are such a wonderful teacher! Love your creative ideas!

  7. soozyb2013

    Thanks Kathy for doing this picture by picture, and the instructions are clear. I pictured in my mind something smaller for some reason, this is great and the pieces are big! You have worked your magic once more!!! Thanks a bunch and hope you had a great New Years Eve!
    The great thing is you can make this banner with any papers like you said in your e-mail. Great job.

  8. Diane Hover

    WOW…banners are one of my favorite things (and I need a new one)…this one really is stunning…..I love, as always, all your wonderful details…I have it on my Paper Crafting resolution list to look for more do-dads for my projects (thanks to you)…but wowzers….this is the most beautiful banner i have seen…love it…love it!!

  9. Jen

    Oh Kathy you have made it so detailed even I am going to have a go. Thank you so so much. Hugs xxxjen

  10. smithgfb

    I am so going to copy this! Just kidding, but you have given me a wealth of ideas for doing one of my own! I love all the layers and pretty colors. Gorgeous my friend!

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