This tutorial is suited for those with moderate sewing skills and takes about 2-3 hours to complete. The fabric panel comes complete with cut lines and instructions! Add your choice of dowel or curtain rod to complete the project. To get started, purchase pre-printed panel here! (New designs coming soon!)
I purchased 1 yard (centered) of the Basic Combed Cotton. The is the thinnest fabric they offer, you might prefer to choose something with a little more heft to be able to use your banner in other applications after your big day. (Boudoir pillow? Hmmm, I think I see another tutorial in our future!)
1. Find a suitable fabric to “back” your banner. (I used an Ikea curtain panel I had left over from another project.) Be sure to iron your fabrics well before you begin sewing as it’s more difficult to iron once it’s put together. Pin together and cut fabric and panel down to size using guide lines (add 1/4 to 1/2 inch to edge for sewing) .
2. Leave open at the top of your banner and pin back together with right sides facing each other.
3. Once I had the three sides (left, right, & bottom) sewn together I dropped a small-ish dowel rod into the bottom of my banner and tacked it into place. This isn’t necessary but I find it keeps the banner straighter if your ceremony gets a good breeze. It’s not heavy enough to hold it perfectly straight but if you’re creating a fabric banner I assume you want it to flow in the breeze just a bit.
4. For the top- fold over at the guide lines and sew to the back of your banner. Add ribbons and embellishments as you like and you’re ready for the aisle!!