Welcome Spring with all your beautiful flowers, warmer days and everything renewed.
My Welcome Spring Banner turned into a real labor of love.
I began this project with the idea of using fun pink and purple hand cut felt flowers.
After I cut all the flowers and leaves, I decided to dye the embroidered letters.
The letters turned out so soft and delicate, I needed something softer for the flowers.
So…more flowers and more dyeing! (make sure to read all the instructions below.)
I could of kept things simple and glued all the flowers in place, but noooo…
instead at the last minute I committed myself to stitching the entire thing.
Let me tell you…I’m not a stitcher! (But, I am pretty satisfied by the way they turned out.)
To make the Welcome Spring Banner you’ll need:
- Joy® iron-on embroidered letter sheet-white
- White Felt
- Dye Ink – blue, green, pink and lavender
- Mini Misters* (two)
- Small Wood Dowel or Bamboo Skewer
- 18″ Jute
- Needle and thread
- Beacon Adhesives Felt Glue*
- Non Stick Craft Mat*
- Add several drops of dye ink to each misting bottle.
- Remove letters from backing sheet and place on a Non Stick Craft Mat* or (wax paper).
- Spritz the letters with both blue and green ink for a variegated look. Allow the ink to soak into the letters then dab away excess ink and water with a paper towel. Let dry.
Look at how beautiful the letters dried. ↓
4. Create simple, hand drawn flowers (small, medium and large), circle and leaf patterns onto plain white paper. Cut then trace around the patterns onto white felt. Cut out.
5. Spray the leaves green, set aside then spray the flowers and circles one color at a time. Allow them to dry overnight.
6. Layer the circle, small flower and large flower on top of each other then stitch in place. Use a small amount of glue to hold the pieces in place while you stitch.
I love how the ink pooled at the edges of the pink flowers!
7. To create the banner shape, fold a 10″ x 14″ piece of white felt in half lengthways. Cut diagonally across the bottom from the center fold to a point about 3″ up from the bottom corner on the outer edges. Stitch the flowers to the banner using a button at the center of each one. Tuck leaves underneath the outer edges of the flowers then stitch in place.
8. Set iron to cotton setting, approx. 350°, or follow garment care label. Position letters with shiny side down on felt, then iron the letters in place as shown. Cover letters with a fine cloth. With firm pressure, iron cloth over the letters for 30 seconds. Turn banner over and iron the back of the letters for 30 seconds.
9. Use a sewing machine to stitch the banner to backing material, then stitch trim in place across the top and around the bottom edge if desired.
If you need to finish your banner in less time, glue the flowers, leaves and trim in place, then use a fusible interfacing to adhere the felt banner to a backing.
Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets at your local craft store.
My “Welcome Spring” banner was created for and sponsored by Joy SA.
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