Celebration Banner Tutorial

Hello friends! It's Candice from A+CO and i'm back to share how i made this super fun celebration banner on my 79 bernette.

My child's birthday is in the summer and we always have a lot of fun planning his party. When we were talking about themes this year, she suggested we go retro and do a 90s theme (I'm not ashamed to admit I cried inside thinking the 90s was retro). I suddenly had a vision of bright colors, arcade games, and cheesy decorations in my parents' basement. Wanting to create something unique and on-theme, I decided to sew this fun celebration banner that would add a pop of color while still being reusable.

Although I used fabric yarn and fat quarters, this tutorial would be amazing for fabric scraps and batting. There's also plenty of room for personalization through embroidery, trims or even tassels and ribbons. Check out my tutorial on how to digitize lettering in BERNINA Designer Plus software to make your banner truly unique. With a little extra planning, you can also make it reversible!

Download Free Template ButtonMaterials

  • bernette 79
  • Celebration banner template
  • Sewing equipment (rotary knife, ruler, cutting mat, pins, clips, etc.)
  • Embroidery materials (thread, stabilizer, hoop)
  • Fabric (see requirements below)
  • Optional embellishments

Tutorial materials for the BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner

Fabric requirements:

  • For each flag:
    • Front fabric: 7″ x 8.5″
    • Back fabric: 6″ x 8″
    • Iron-on fleece or other interfacing/wadding: 7″ x 8.5″
  • Top binding:
    • Calculate 6″ x number of flags + 26″ (13″ for each tail)
      • Example for 16 flags (122″ total binding):
        • 6″ x 16 = 96″
        • 96″+26″ = 122″
    • Cut enough 2″ x width strips of fabric (WOF) to get the length you need. For my 122″, assuming the standard 42″ WOF, I cut (3) 2″ strips

Optional:

Plan and prepare

The first step is to plan your banner. You will want to determine:

  • How many flags are needed? For my “Happy Birthday” banner, I used 16 flags, one for each letter, one on each end, and one in the middle to space out the words.
  • If using different colored fabrics, decide in what order the colors will go
  • Match the fabric on the front with the fabric on the back.
    • Advice! If you want to make the banner reversible, now is the time to plan the order in which each side will go. Remember to reflect the word order on the front versus the back.
  • Prepare for the embroidery step by loading your designs onto your machine
  • Print the celebration banner template making sure your printer is set to print at 100%. Cut out the template along the outer line. Reserve for a later step.
    • Use the 1″ box on the printed template to ensure it is printed at the correct size

Testing the BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Tutorial Template

Instructions for creating a celebration banner

Step 1: Prepare your fabric

From your front fabric, cut a 7″ x 8.5″ piece for each flag (pay attention to directional prints). Cut a 7″ x 8.5″ piece of iron-on batting and adhere it to the back of the fabric, following the manufacturer's instructions. If using fleece, adhere it using spray adhesive.

Step 2: embroidery

Prepare your fabric and hoop using your preferred method. I use the float technique:

  • Cut the Stabilstick stabilizer to the size of your hoop
  • Insert into circle, paper side up
  • Using sharp shears, scissors, or a pin, score the stabilizer around the inner ring of the hoop, being careful to only cut the top of the paper.
  • Remove the paper covering, exposing the adhesive side of the stabilizer.
  • Center your prepared fabric and press to adhere to the circled stabilizer.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Tutorial Stabilizer

Embroider your design on each piece of flag.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Embroidery Tutorial

Step 3: Cut and Assemble the Flags

Once you have embroidered all of your flag elements, use the template to cut the front fabric to size. Take care to center the embroidered design by noting the seam allowance indicated by the inside line of the template. It may help to hold the fabric up to a window while placing the pattern to help you see where to adjust it.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Tutorial Cutting

It is also helpful to use a cutting ruler when cutting fabric with the template to ensure straight lines and safe fingers.

Repeat to cut the back fabric.

Place the front and back fabrics right sides together, pin and sew along the bottom and sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do not sew the top, leave it open to turn it right side out.

If you add toppings or other embellishments, pin them between the layers so they are inside the sandwich.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Tutorial Support

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Assembly Tutorial 2

Trim any excess from the bottom and side points if necessary.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Tutorial Trim

Turn the flag right side out, using the left opening at the top. Use a turner if necessary to get neat stitches at the bottom and sides.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Tutorial Tour

Press the flag, being careful not to overwrite your embroidery design.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Tutorial Press

Topstitch 1/4″ around the edge.

BERNINA WeAllSew Top Stitch Celebration Banner Tutorial

Repeat for each flag.

Step 4: Prepare and Attach the Binding

Join the previously cut 2″ strips into one long strip by placing one strip face up and a second strip face down at a 90 degree angle.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Tutorial Line-up Binding

Sew then cut off the excess

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Sewing Tutorial Binding

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Trim Binding Tutorial

Repeat to join additional strips if necessary. Press the seams open.

Create the binding tape by folding the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Open the binding and fold each edge of the strip toward the center, iron.

On one short end, fold the fabric in 1/2″, then again to cover the raw seam. Sew in place and repeat on the other short seam.

To assemble your banner, start with the binding tape in front of you and measure 12″” from the left side. Pin the binding ribbon to the first flag, tucking the top edge of the flag into the fold of the ribbon.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Tutorial Pin Binder 2

Measure 1/2′ from the right edge of the first flag and insert the second flag then pin it in place.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Tutorial Pin Binder

Continue until all flags are pinned in place. You should have 12″ of binding tape left at the end.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Tutorial Pin Binder 3

Step 5: Final Assembly

Starting at the left end of the binding tape, with the fold to the right, sew a 1/4″ seam, back seam to secure your stitches.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Banner Finishing Tutorial

Make sure the seam catches each flag along the top edge, folded into the binding tape.

BERNINA WeAllSew Celebration Banner Banner Finishing Tutorial 2

Continue sewing until you reach the end of the binding tape. Back stitch to secure your stitches.

You did it! Go party and celebrate your incredible cunning.

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