Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A New Tradition

Here is one of my happy fall projects, inspired by a recent Girls' Nite Out event. A very artistic friend led the evening with lots of designer fabric giveaways and cute banner ideas. Her blog is called Pretty With Ribbons.

I plan to make one for each month so the kids can help me put the banner of the month up on the first of every month...they love being involved in traditions!

I found some inexpensive fabric and cut it into diamonds with my pinking shears. I made it double-sided, but it didn't need to be for the mantle. I think I like it there. I sewed each one with a zig-zag stitch onto some thick hemp jewelry cording.

The letters are cut from a remnant of felt I picked up in the fabric department for less than a dollar. The black tulle is leftover from the birthday tutu I made for KID 2 last year. I think it's a bit reminiscent of black bats, don't you?


  1. Your banner is beautiful, and it's a great touch of fall. I can't wait to see the designs you create for the other months!

  2. Thanks...I bought apple fabric for September, since that's when apples officially reach us here in season. November will probably be some of those pretty fabrics Kay shared with us on Girls' Nite Out. Maybe I'll add some felt turkeys. I've got candy canes and gingerbread people for December (a bit hokey, I know, but that was the best I could do at WalMart).

    The kids will love it, and that's really who I'm doing this for! And the joy of completing a project to make my home a bit cozier and more welcoming ain't bad either!

  3. Looks great! I especially like it as your blog header. Then we can see a new one every month. :)

  4. Ooooh, the pressure!

    Sounds like a good goal...hopefully I can make it happen. I'm in the throes of sewing a birthday dress, then it's on to a few costume projects.

    I'll post the dress when I finish it! The pattern is so simple and sweet.

  5. I seriously love, love, love the idea of having a banner for each month. That is a super cute idea!The pumpkins, the banner....beautiful! Thanks for joining Handmade Halloween!


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