Friday, September 2, 2011

Reversible Fall/Halloween banner

I just received the new Bella Blvd "Finally Fall" and "Too Cute to Spook" papers that I ordered from Tammi at My Scraps & More.  Love these papers!  They are just perfect for altered projects, so I decided to use them to make a reversible banner for Fall and Halloween. 

To start, I took one sheet each of Fall patterned paper and one sheet of Halloween themed paper, then cut each sheet into four 6x6 squares.   I placed the squares together, right sides out, and adhered each pair at the middle and the bottom.   (You don't want to put adhesive at the top because you'll be stitching there.)  I punched a border from contrasting cardstock - four from green and four from orange, and then adhered the borders to the bottom of each square, matching up the edges.  The green border is on the Fall side and the orange border on the Halloween side.   I threaded my sewing machine with brown thread through the needle and white thread in the bottom, and then stitched each pair together about 1/4" from the edge and again abot 3/8" from the first row of stitching.   I used a large eye needle threaded with two strands of baker's twine to string the banner together.  I ended up using a wooden skewer to help push the needle through the stitched channel - next time I'll make my stitched channel a little wider  :)  

I used my Cricut and the Cindy Lou cartridge to cut the alphas at 4-1/2", but you could also use chipboard  letters or large alpha stickers.   I cut the alphas twice from scrap cardstock and once from patterned paper, then stacked them together with the paper on top.  This gives a little dimension to the letters without adding much weight.   I adhered one letter to each banner, and then added a few silk and felt leaves to the Fall side, and some paper and stamped embellishments to the Halloween side.

In between each banner, I used glue dots to adhere pairs of buttons to the twine, using muted warm colors on the Fall side of the banner and brighter colors on the Halloween side.

Here are some closeups of a couple of the letters:

I hope you enjoyed this, and are inspired to make your own reversible banner!


VanessaB said...

soooooooooooo CUTE and FUN!

Mara... said...

What a clever banner!! I love that it is reversible. So fun!!! I also love that fall is right around the corner.