diy | christmas fabric banner

Isn’t it amazing just how quickly Christmas sneaks up on us year after year?  I am a little in shock that we are only 4 days away from waking up on Christmas morn, full of excitement (and exhaustion) for the day ahead.

I am a little behind on the fabric banner trend, but I knew that I wanted to make a Christmas fabric banner this year to go above our fireplace. We don’t currently have a mantel in our home so every year I cringe when I think about hanging up our stockings.

This year my solution came in fabric strips wrapped around twine.  And I am very pleased with the results!  Therefore, I wanted to share with you (in case you were in the dark ages like myself) a little DIY “how-to” if you are interested in making one for yourself.

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First, you will need some fabric.  I picked these Fat Quarter Bundles from Hobby Lobby.  You can choose your own fabric to have quarter yards cut for yourself, but these were the exact colors I wanted so I let Hobby Lobby do the work for me.  Also, I checked out using the 40% off coupon and made Jonathan go to the next cash register and do the same, so we got both of the buddles for $6 a piece.

The bundles have a quarter yard each of six different prints, so 12 different prints total.  Of course, you do not have to do that many prints (it could be a little too busy) but it worked for what I needed simply because the colors matched so exactly.

The only other material you will need is twine.  Since I already had that at home, this project cost me a grand total of $12!

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For ease, I used a cutting board and a rotary cutter.  It makes the project much faster.  However, you do not have to have either of these!  If you have scissors, you can eye-ball your measurements and make the cuts free handed.

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I chose to fold my quarter inch fabric in half and then made one inch cuts. This made each strip 1 inch wide by 18 inches long.

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The wonderful thing about this project is that it doesn’t have to be perfect!  In fact, you can play on imperfection and make each strip a little bit different (wider/thinner, longer/shorter) and come up with a great whimsical look as well!

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Keep cutting until your fabric is gone.  I think my piles ranged from 18-20 strips of each fabric pattern.

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In the end, I kept all of my fabric bundled together so that when it came to tying it onto the twine I could follow the same pattern each time.  Red, green, red, green, red green.

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Now that you have all of your fabric cut, it is time to tie it onto the twine.  When looking up tutorials to do this myself, this was the most confusing part.

There are various tying options, but this is what I chose to go with.  Hopefully the step by step pictures will help explain how to tie each piece of fabric onto the twine.

HOW TO TIE ON THE FABRIC TO THE TWINE:

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Step ONE | Folding the fabric in half, create a U shape with the ribbon, holding on to the twine behind the ribbon.

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Step TWO | Start pulling the two tails of the ribbon up to wrap around the twine.

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Step THREE | Pull the tails of the ribbon through the middle of the ribbon but over the twine.

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Step FOUR | Keep pulling the tails of the ribbon until they are completely pulled through the opening.

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Step FIVE | Your knot should now look like a bowtie. Holding firm to the twine and the tails of the ribbon, start pulling tightly.

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Step SIX | Keep pulling. Your “bowtie” should be getting smaller and smaller.

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Step SEVEN | Once your ribbon is tightly secured to the twine, push it over to the start of your banner. Depending on the look you are going for will depend on how close you want each knot.

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Step EIGHT | Continuing creating knots in alternating fabrics to create your banner until all fabric has been used.

Clear as mud?  Doing something is the best teacher, so if how I tied my ribbon doesn’t work for you, feel free to wing it!  Any knot will work. 😉

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I am really pleased with how it turned out.  The colors match our stockings PERFECTLY.

Fabric Christmas Banner DIY | www.ponytailsandpajamas.com

Not to mention, the banner hides the ugly nails I used to hang up the stockings to begin with.

Fabric Christmas Banner DIY | www.ponytailsandpajamas.com

Now you can enjoy your new Christmas fabric banner for years to come!

 

Fabric Christmas Banner DIY | www.ponytailsandpajamas.com

Questions?  Don’t hesitate to ask!  I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

Merry Christmas, dear friends. May your day be full of joy, love, and laughter.

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