“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:

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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: 

Banner Materials
  1. Using your cutting mat and x-acto blade, carefully cut your letters from the template.
  2. Using your fabric marker, trace your letters onto your fabric scraps. Use your scissors to cut your letters from your fabric.
  3. Cut the bottom edge of your fabric into a point.
  4. 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.
  5. Fold the top edge down and press it onto the glue. This is your dowel casing.
  6. Flip it back over and arrange your letters on the right side of the fabric. Use your glue to glue each letter down.
  7. Slide your dowel through the casing at the top of the banner, and tie your yarn to each end.
  8. 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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