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How to Make a Fabric Banner for Any Occasion

Learn how to make a fabric banner with any saying of your choice. You can use felt or fabric. This is perfect for a variety of occasions!

How to make a fabric banner

My home studio is quite stark and boring. Not the creative, inspirational space I need to get the most out of my work. So I wanted to make something to help give my studio the flair it needs.

I had this idea to make a banner in my head for a while but I just couldn’t work out how to cut the word from the fabric without getting lots of messy edges from the fraying fabric. Then the lightbulb moment came. FABRIC MOD PODGE. And it worked beautifully! Check out how to make your own . . .

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Fabric Banner DIY

You will need:

  • Fabric Mod Podge
  • Wide and thin paint brush
  • Felt
  • Calico
  • Small dowel rod
  • Pencil
  • Acetate
  • Scissors
  • Strong craft glue
  • Printer and paper
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Step 1

Lay a small piece of calico onto a sheet of acetate. You want to cover both sides of the fabric with Mod Podge. To do this apply a generous coverage of Mod Podge to one side of the fabric, flip it over sticking the fabric to the acetate. Then you can cover the other side. Leave it to dry.

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Step 2

When the Mod Podge dry and peel it off the acetate. You’ll find one side has a very plastic, shiny surface and one has more of the existing fabric texture.

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Step 3

Print out the word you want to have on your banner in reverse. Trace the word onto the shiny side of the fabric (still in reverse).

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Step 4

Cut the word from the fabric. This is where you get to see how awesome Mod Podge is for this project. No freeing edges, only perfect lines. 🙂

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Perfect! No fraying edges and on the front you still have the great texture of the calico.

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Step 5

Cut your felt into a point.

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Step 6

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Apply a strip of glue to the top edge of the felt and stick the dowel rod to it.
Apply more glue to the felt and roll the dowel until it is totally covered in felt.

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Use something to hold the felt and dowel in place while the glue dries. The Mod Podge bottle works really well. 😉

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Ta Da!

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Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the back of your word and stick it to your banner. Finito!

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Cute, right!? And you can make a banner with any word! A season, holiday or even someone’s name.

This guy now holds pride of place above my computer in my studio. 🙂

Make a banner - for any occasion - using Fabric Mod Podge!

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Creative Khadija

Friday 9th of May 2014

How nice! Beautifully done & not so difficult as well :)