Welcome guests to your home or office with a handmade Succulent Welcome Banner! The happy banner is sure to make anyone smile. 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. The banner is easy to store when you are ready to switch up your decor for a different season or event. Plus it only costs a few dollars to make. If you are just starting out on your sewing journey, this project is a great way to practice some finer skills while still being super easy to make. This is a fun one to make alongside your older kids.
This cute succulent welcome banner will look great in your craft space, on the door of your child’s room, or even in the classroom. If you are needing ideas to keep the kids engaged on a rainy day, this easy felt craft is just what you need!
What You’ll Need:
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. I had some different colors on hand that worked perfectly. However, if you do end up needing to purchase some felt fabric for this project, the good news is that felt is super cheap to buy so it won’t break the bank if you are out of it in your fabric stash. I had just enough of the green felt from my scrap bin, so it worked out. Feel free to experiment with the colors to make this your own style and flair. Once you have gathered the supplies on the list above, it’ time to get started making this succulent welcome banner!
Step 1 – Download Template
Begin this easy sew succulent welcome banner tutorial by downloading the template below. Then print it out on your home computer. You’ll use this to cut out your fabric pieces and shapes. The free template makes it easy to a few of these banners at a time so you could make some for multiple spaces or even give some away as fun little gifts.
Step 2 – Create Banner Background
Next, we will focus on the background for the banner. Fold-down one side of your background felt by 1″ all the way across and pin it in place. I used a hem gauge here, but if you don’t have one you can just eyeball it.
To give your background the shape it needs, 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. Now your banner is beginning to take shape!
Step 3 – Cut Felt Templates
Next on this easy sew succulent welcome banner tutorial, cut out the paper template, and trace it onto the colored felt of your choice. Then carefully cut out the felt pieces for your succulent shapes.
Step 4 – Assemble Felt Pieces
Next on this easy sew succulent welcome banner tutorial, it’s time to start putting it all together. Lay the felt cutouts on your banner background as desired. I just arranged mine with the succulent in the middle of the background. Then simply 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.
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Step 7 – Hang the Banner
Cut a ribbon to your desired length for hanging. Then tie it around each end of the dowel.
Your welcome banner is ready to hang!
If you liked learning how to make this easy sew succulent banner, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!
- 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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