a birthday banner
Amazed it’s taken me this many years of banner-loving to make a birthday banner. Last weekend was such a lovely slow, stitchy, at-home weekend. Abby and I set up on the dining table, stitching a birthday present for Julian and needle felting for quiet, chatty hours. In between all this, a birthday banner was perfectly do-able.
Same format as all my previous banners. Rectangles cut from the edge of a thrifted blanket. Letters cut out from a pretty fabric and vlisofixed into place. Haven’t yet stab stitched them, but outlined all in red perle thread, and added a wee flower in colours to entice those oh so sweet ladybugs that are lightly perched upon our Happy Birthday. Blanketing folded in half over a hanging rope made from 2 1/2 inch wide strips of fabric, folded in half right sides together, turned out with a safety pin and ironed flat.
And there it hangs. Across the front windows. Finished for Julian’s birthday. Hanging there – by little wee nails through the ends of the hanging rope into the tops of the window and door frames where no one will ever see the wee holes :-) – waiting for next week’s birthday … mine!
I can’t decide whether to put all the banners in one small case so’s we can go to the case and pull out whichever one we need. Or, keep my eyes out for some lovely old suitcases at the thrift shops and then have one for each occasion – a birthday case with the banner, bunting, tablecloth, present wrapping cloths, birthday candle ring … Mmmm …