Make a not-so-scary Halloween banner out of felt with this easy sewing project. This post includes a free template to download and step by step instructions with photos.
It is a great project for learning to sew, especially if you have been intimidated by trying out a free motion foot. Test your stitching on this inexpensive felt banner rather than an entire quilt top.
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Ready to make your own haunted house banner? Let’s get started!
This project requires at least two pieces of felt. The background piece is designed to use a single 12″ x 12″ felt sheet to keep things easy.
It can be any color you choose. We used dark purple to simulate a night sky for the example.
All supplies are listed below and available on Amazon for your convenience.
Step 1 – Download Template
Begin by downloading the template below. Then print it out on your home computer.
Step 2 – Create Banner Background
Fold down one side of your background felt by 1″ all the way across and pin it in place.
Measure 3″ in from each of the bottom corners, and 3″ up each side. Cut from point to point to form the bottom of the banner.
Step 3 – Cut Felt Templates
Next, cut out the paper template, and trace it onto the colored felt of your choice.
Then carefully cut out the felt pieces.
Step 4 – Assemble Felt Pieces
Lay the felt cutouts on your banner as desired. Then pin them in place.
Step 5 – Sew Felt
Using a free motion foot for your sewing machine, stitch around each felt piece.
Free motion simply means the feed dogs on your sewing machine are in the down position, so the fabric can be moved in any direction. Don’t let it intimate you!
If this is your first time trying free motion sewing, just remember it’s only fabric. You can always try again for the cost of pennies.
You can get creative and stitch designs inside or outside each felt piece. This project can be as simple or involved as you choose.
Step 6 – Assemble Background
Sew along the bottom portion of the background where it is folded over to form a casing as well. This can be down with a regular presser foot or a free motion foot.
Insert a dowel into the casing that extends at least 1″ past each edge of the banner.
Step 7 – Hang the Banner
Cut a ribbon to your desired length for hanging. Then tie it around each end of the dowel.
Your haunted house banner is ready to be hung!
Don’t forget to pin this project for later, and check some more holiday felt crafts listed below.
- Download and print template.
- Cut out template.
- Trace template onto felt.
- Cut out felt pieces. Set aside.
- Turn one side of background felt sheet under 1" and pin.
- Mark 3" from bottom corners on both sides.
- Connect marks and cut to form banner shape.
- Lay out felt pieces on background as desired.
- Pin in place.
- Sew around each felt piece with free motion foot.
- Sew across bottom of turned down background to form casing.
- Insert dowel through casing. Trim as desired.
- Tie ribbon to each end of dowel.
- Hang banner and enjoy.
Use any felt colors you'd like to customize your banner.
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