Sunday, January 17, 2010

LOVE Banner



As many of you know, I've been off my feet (and subsequently, my rear as well) for the past 11 days now, with a broken tailbone. It's allowed a lot of time to read, watch movies, grow increasingly antsy, with bouts of cabin fever, and, lastly, nurse my creative bones.

For instance, when I craft, I normally handle almost all my stitching by machine. I'm not a patient girl. But, I've discovered over the past week- if there is no other place pulling me to be, nothing else that needs to be done, I can be a very patient girl.



And thus started "The Great Banner Project" of 2010. It's not all that grand, or large, and certainly, if I had been up to long bouts at the machine, I probably would have done a lengthier word than LOVE. However, doing it by hand means it takes longer. I must say, though, that I love the look of the contrasting thread stitches. They look folksy, or countryish.



So here it is, the hand made (by actual hands) LOVE banner. I only used the sewing machine for a frustrating 30 minutes last night to stitch all the pieces to the ribbon. Frustrating because my machine was acting out. Probably feeling ignored and petty. Pfft. It's such a child.



I used felt in red, white, and light pink. I used red and white thread, and added red and white pom poms to the tips of the triangles and the hearts. I tried to add sequins, but they glitz did not look right, so I ripped em off.




I stitched it all to a length of light pink satin ribbon, and on the ends, I added a length of wider red satin ribbon for the hang-downs. To hang it up, I used clothes pins to pin it to my curtain.

All in all, this project is easy, and inexpensive. I used about 2 sheets of red felt, 2 sheets of white felt, and half a sheet of pink felt. The ribbon was a cast off left over I had on hand. The pom poms were left from Christmas projects. All in all, it was done with on-hand items. Price wise, I got the sheets of red & white felt in large packages from DT. I used 2 of the sheets each, and there are 14 sheets to a package. Those sheets were $.07 each, or $.28 for the red & white I used. The pink was $.47 a sheet at Walmart, but I only used half, so $.24 for the pink. The poms were in a package of around 30 of them for $1 from DT, and I used 7, so roughly $.23 for 7 puff balls. The ribbon was from a $1.99 roll of 9 yards, but I only used about 2 yards, so about $.44 for that.



Total cost would be roughly $1.19 for the banner. This project can be made with a variety of on-hand items, and the length can be adjusted up or down. I could have used less ribbon and felt had I left out the hearts, for instance.



 

 After taking a few photos, I decided to add the Ribbon & Tulle wreath I made last week behind the banner. I love it! It's so festive! Later this week, I'll photograph my new, hand decorated place mats I made while laying in bed.

 

I am hoping to be out of bed for longer periods of time this week, and to try and tackle some decoupage. I have some wooden hearts, and 1 fiber-board heart plaque I found at DT, and I want to get them done soon. I'm itching to do more crafts, and it's bothering me that I'm fairly limited in just what all I can do from bed.

 

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27 comments:

Jeanette said...

Such a cute banner! Wish I could sew
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marissa said...

very cute!

Kammy said...

Super cute, hope you feel better soon !
Kammy

Gwen said...

It is very cute!

jen said...

ADORABLE! and i am so so sorry to hear about your tailbone - wow, that must be painful! speedy recovery to you!

Mee2 said...

Very cute Princess Spanky Pants! Love your Gather name too. How did you break your tail bone? I know it's painful, my son's fat head broke mine when I was delivering him. To this day I cannot sit directly on my tail bone. Hope you get better soon!

Kaysi said...

Super cute!!

Cha Cha said...

I love banners and this one makes me so happy. You did a great job, thanks for the inspiration.

Cha Cha

One Cheap B*tch said...

Ouch - hope you're feeling better. That doesn't sound like fun but your banner definitely is! If I was a better sewer, I would attempt one!

Leah said...

Guess what I did! My un-crafty little self made your heart wreath! And I just gave you credit on my blog for Toot Your Horn Tuesday! Thanks Heather!

Tiffany said...

Bummer about your tailbone! But it looks like you are making great use of your time! Very cute and festive banner! I like it hung up with clothespins!

tinahead81 said...

love it!! haha the wreath is great too!

Amy said...

Very cute!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

love the stitching! Thanks for the link.

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

Very sweet Valentine Banner! I think Valentine's Day has become my new favorite holiday:)

Tina said...

This is precious, I LOVE decorating for Valentines day. This has me in the mood now.

Tiffany said...

Hope your tailbone feels better soon! :( That is the absolute worst! Your banner is great! I know all about the lengthiness of hand sewing, so I applaud you and your stitches!
Thanks for sharing!
-Tiff

Jamielouwho said...

So cute!!! The only problem with all the blog parties is that I want to do them ALL right NOW! lol This is precious and I hope I can make time to do a similar one. Thanks for sharing! Hope your owie feels better soon!

Judy@cutest-little-things said...

SO very cute! Love it!

Found your site on Its So Very Cheri! I'll be stopping back again!

Judy@cutest-little-things

burlap + blue said...

So lovely!!! Will definitely be making one of these cuties...thanks for sharing!f

fawnda said...

Super CUTE banner!

Lori said...

Oh you poor thing... I hope you get better soon... Love the banner...

thanks for joining my party.. I have one every thurs.

Lori

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

A broken tail bone!!! That stinks and hurts. Super cute banner. Love the wreath behind it!

Julie Bagamary said...

Very cute idea. Praying for your healing.

Angie@treasures for tots said...

Sweet idea!

Thank you for sharing at Thursday's Treasures!

Come share again this week!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Super cute. I'm posting about this at Dollar Store Crafts tomorrow. Thanks for sharing on our FB page! :)

L@Craftaholics Anonymous said...

Cute banner! Thanks for sharing!
Linda