A couple of weeks ago I shared that I’d been asked to make some worship banners for my church and was starting to choose designs and make mini versions of them. This week I’ve moved on a step and actually started making one 🙂 so I thought I’d show you how I went about it – WARNING! I don’t find it particularly easy coping with massive amounts of fabric (except in an admiring, stroking kind of way that is 😉 ) If you have any hints and tips on how to make it easier then please share 🙂
First of all I found a design I thought would be appropriate in a design book and drew it to scale for the size I wanted, this is where the design tends to get altered too so it fits in with where its going to hang in my church.
I find this helpful because I can just measure the little diagram and scale it up so I know what everything should measure on the big version. I then work out how much fabric I need and go buy it ( such a chore!)
I then take the main base fabric and cut it to size, ironing in the edges so I have a piece of fabric the correct size of the banner which I then spread over a large bit of floor. This is what I spent ALL DAY yesterday doing! I then make a real size pattern. I used some fabric I was given which is similar to the stuff you make roller blinds with so it’s stiff, in the past I’ve used sheets of paper taped together. I used my scale diagram to get the measurements for my pattern and drew it on to the pattern fabric (hope this is making sense). I mark on the pattern colours of pieces and right way up and where I need to remember seam allowances.
I think it was about this time that I needed a rest from crawling all over the floor and started to find a nice font and lettering size for the wording on the banner.
Next step was to cut out the actual fabric, which was very carefully done as I didn’t have much spare fabric. That done I laid out the pieces, pinned and then sewed them in place (so quick to type those words but boy did it take lots of time!)
I also decided on the lettering and have started to get that ready too.
I don’t think I’ll have time to do any more today as it’s ‘Chair Day’ and I need to spend the morning doing my homework before my class this afternoon (whoops!)
Until next time,