Creating a Stylish, Upholstered Banner for Christmas

15th November 2017

How to make your own DIY upholstered banner

What you'll need: 

  • chipboard letters (from any good crafts store)
  • spare pieces of fabric
  • a pair of scissors
  • permanent marker
  • polyester quilt batting (also from crafts stores)
  • staple gun & staples
  • twine, ribbon or string
  1. Choose letters which spell out your desired phrase such as 'Happy Christmas' or 'Be Merry!' - the possibilities are endless.
  2. Place each chipboard letter on a layer of the polyester batting and trace around it with a permanent marker. Then, use a pair of scissors to cut out the letter shape along the lines you've drawn.
  3. Use the cut out batting as a template this time. Place it on a piece of your chosen fabric and trace around it with the permanent marker again - leave a 1/2 inch border so there is some room to pull the fabric around the letter later. Also, ensure that the fabric is face down so that the letter will be facing the correct way when it is flipped over! Cut it out.
  4. On a flat surface, lay down each cut-out piece of fabric with the quilt batting next and then the chipboard letter on top.
  5. Next, it's time to upholster! Pull the excess fabric (that you left 1/2 inch for!) around the letter and secure with staples. Staple a few times around each side of the letter and continue to fill all gaps with staples until the fabric is properly secure. Then, trim any excess fabric left hanging.
  6. Now it's time to make the banner! Cut some string or twine (your choice) to a length that's long enough for all your letters with some room on each side. Staple the string to the top back of each letter making sure they are spaced evenly. You could use a hot glue gun if you prefer.
  7. Hang your upholstered banner wherever you desire!

You could actually re-use these instructions for any special occasion, be it birthdays, Halloween or an anniversary. Just pick letters to make a phrase that corresponds!

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