DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

How to make a Felt Pumpkin Banner for Fall.

This past weekend in the middle of my Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor project,

I was inspired to sew up this cute felt pumpkin banner. It didn’t hurt that I already

had the sewing machine out (because I had to mend the dog bed, once again).

How to make a Felt Pumpkin Banner

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DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

I used the Pumpkin Die from The Maker’s Movement to cut out the felt pieces.

The pumpkin die is used for cutting paper and not necessarily to cut fabric and felt.

While the die does not always cut through the felt, it did leave deep impressions.

I used the deep impressions as my guide to cut out the remainder of the shape.

(not recommended on smaller detailed pieces.)

DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

Directions:

  • I used a pre-cut 9″ x 12″ Antique White Felt for the base of the banner.
  • On the bottom of the Felt, make a small mark at 4 1/2″ the center.  Measure and mark on both sides, starting from the bottom, at 3″.  Draw light lines from the 3″ mark to the center mark.  Cut along the lines to create the bottom point of the banner.
  • Die-cut pumpkin pieces.
  • Place the pumpkin pieces and the letters on the banner to decide on the correct placement.  (make sure to allow space up on top for the trim and the rod pocket)
  • Remove letters and set them aside.
  • Sew around pieces of the pumpkin using a sewing machine.  (if you’re good at hand stitching, that would be even better)
  • Place iron-on embroidered letters onto the banner, cover with a thin cloth, and iron according to directions on the packaging.
  • Sew a piece of decorative trim near the top of the banner.
  • Cut a second piece of Antique White Felt the same size as the first.
  • Sew the top closed, leave a small 1/4″ border.  Create a small rod pocket by sewing another seam at approx. 1 1/4″.
  • Sew around the remainder of the banner.
  • Create a small tassel using a wood bead and thin braided decorative trim.  Poke a small hole on the point of the banner and tie the tassel.  Because my Trim had a slick surface, I added a tiny bit of Fabri-Tac Adhesive* under the bead and at the knot that ties my tassel.


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My Front Porch…all decked out and ready for fall

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I thought I’d share with you today my Fall Front Porch that I did a few weeks ago.

In past years my Fall Decorating usually included sweeping off the porch, adding a pumpkin or two,

a mum and a wreath on the door.  That was it.  I was done.

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This year, thanks to my new “Instagram Obsession”, I was inspired to go all out.

Mind you…

going all out for me does not include 27 pumpkins, 15 mums, a $100 wreath and the most beautiful

looking dog you’d ever see.   Like a few of the amazing front porches I saw.  (trust me I counted)

I kept mine a little more simple, a little more doable, with out breaking the bank.

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I stared with things I had on hand.

A combination of things picked up at Garage Sales, Thrift Stores, Auctions, Estate Sales and a few items

I’ve had for over 20 years.

Sometimes I wonder, am I a collector or hoarder?

But…I always say “it’s not hoarding if you use them”.  (Right?)

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Since some of my summer flowers are still doing good, I had to add them to the mix.

I’ve had this poinsettia since last winter.  I hope I can make it turn red again.

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I love this old black chair.

I purchased it over 20 years ago at a antique store and hated to admit to my husband I paid $20 for it.

I’ve only repainted it once in all those years.

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Mums are a fairly cheap addition to the mix.  I purchased 7 mums at $4 dollars each.

The price of a really good pizza dinner.

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I replaced the scraggily summer plants with mums in pots I already had.

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I kept it simple with only one pumpkin which will be carved by next week-end.

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The Wood Crate was a new garage sale treasure this year for $1.50.

The lantern I believe I picked up for $1 and the little red chair was a Thrift Store find at $3.00.

You got to keep you eyes open to all the possibilities of these treasures offer.

My daughter-in-law told me “I never find these kind of things”.

The trick to good finds is you have to go and go often.  I love the hunt.

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When it comes to my front porch, the only complaint I have is the size.

I wish it was wider and didn’t have an aggregate floor.  (really hard on bare feet)

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I really enjoy how it turned out.

Who knows, maybe next year I’ll have 27 pumpkins and 15 mums.

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You can read about the post on how to make the Autumn Wreath and Boo Door Hanger here.