How to Make Your Own Decorative Banners

Learning how to make your own decorative banners can add a whole new dimension to your decorating efforts, not to mention that this activity is great fun and easy to do. Banners are cheerful, colorful and inviting. Whether they are used as an invitation to throwing a party, welcoming a friend or relative home from a far off place, or simply wishing everyone a great holiday season, making your own decorative banner is a sure way to win everyone’s heart, and is an inexpensive way to do it.

What Materials Are Required

  • Outdoor, weather resistant fabric
  • Flagpole
  • Flagpole attachment
  • Cordless Drill
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Graphic paper
  • Banner design

Step 1 -  Composing the Banner Design

Begin by using graph paper to design and measure out an individually desired pattern. Be sure to include extra material for a border that will attach to the flagpole staff. Carefully include any wording, shapes and other graphics you wish to include in your banner. The banner can be any shape desired, whether rectangle, triangular or a combination of several other shapes. Decide on the length, width and shape and then carefully transfer this pattern to weather proof material to protect it from adverse weather conditions. Begin with a solid background first, and then add shapes, lettering or other patterns to complete the design. Be sure to purchase solid colored material that is rather thicker than normal fabric.

Step 2 - Transfer the Drawing to Banner Material

Carefully transfer your drawing onto the material to be used for the decorative banner. This can be accomplished by the use of carbon paper, cutting out shapes and figures and tracing them onto the banner material or by simply drawing the pattern onto two pieces of material. Once both sides of the banner have been drawn on, begin sewing the pieces together much like a pillow case being careful to hem the edges of it on each of the four sides. This hem should not be larger than 1 to 1-1/2 inches.

Step 3 - Provisions for the Attachment of Banner

Decide how to hang the banner. At the top of the banner form a pocket and add tabs for attaching either a hook or metal rings. Alternatively, several metal grommets can be attached along one end of the banner’s border. To do this, fold in one edge of the banner, make a seam and sew grommets in place approximately 1 inch in from the banner’s outer edge. Space the grommets as equidistant as possible which will allow the banner to be secured to the pole in a balanced manner. This will allow the banner to fly freely.

Step 4 - Attaching the Banner Pole

Attach a varnish-finished or painted pole to the desired area of the house from which the banner will hang with a post bracket and screws. Be sure to purchase a pole which can easily be moved out of the weather in case of rain. Attach the banner to the post using either the pocket top and tabs through which the post fits or with hooks and metal rings which will go through the metal grommets.