“I Love You, Babe” Affirmation Banner: a Tutorial by Sophie of Too Sweets
We have a guest tutorial from the darling Sophie McCurley, of Too Sweets Patterns. I first saw Sophie’s patterns at Elsie Marley, during the Sprint 2011 KCWC. Sophie and I have been corresponding by email since then. I was lucky enough to purchase some of her swanky knit fabric collection (become a fan on Facebook for future sale updates) – the knits work beautifully on many of her patterns, particularly the simply constructed chic chic dress (I’ve made it twice).
Too Sweets focuses on comfortable, easy-to-embellish girls’ patterns. I am especially excited about the new release, the it’s a party blouse, it’s easily lengthened to become a dress.
In addition to the Too Sweets Pattern Shop on Etsy be sure to visit Sophie’s Blog. She has a great eye and it shows throughout her instigram photos of daily life with her two kids.
Here are a few of my favorite patterns from Sophie’s shop:
The “I Love You, Babe” Affirmation Banner
Affirmation banners are all over the place right now, so I thought I would make a version of my own as a sort of last-minute Valentine’s Day project. This project is as easy as it gets, requiring only a few materials, and no sewing. You can pull one together in less than an hour! It’s also a great way to work through some of your scrap stash, and it is easily customizable for any occasion. It would make a quick, inexpensive and wonderful gift for anyone in your life.
To make your own you’ll need:
- 22” x 14” piece of fabric (Shot Cotton Clementine used here)
- fabric scraps
- fabric glue
- x-acto knife
- cutting mat
- fabric marker
- piece of yarn
- 16” wooden dowel
- I Love You, Babe printable PDF template
- Using your cutting mat and x-acto blade, carefully cut your letters from the template.
- Using your fabric marker, trace your letters onto your fabric scraps. Use your scissors to cut your letters from your fabric.
- Cut the bottom edge of your fabric into a point.
- Grab your fabric glue, and on the wrong side of the fabric, squeeze a straight line across the width, about 2 1/2 inches from the top.
- Fold the top edge down and press it onto the glue. This is your dowel casing.
- Flip it back over and arrange your letters on the right side of the fabric. Use your glue to glue each letter down.
- Slide your dowel through the casing at the top of the banner, and tie your yarn to each end.
- And you’re done! Hang it on your wall for all to see. I hung this banner in my daughter’s room, and I think it’s cute enough to stay all year.
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