Here it is! Pattern number four! (pst! there’s a giveaway at the end of the post!)
Banner Day is a set of directions that I have had sitting on my computer for a very, very long time. I first made this one for Eleanor’s first birthday photos and now she’s THREE! The photo below was shot by my friend Sarah, who also shoots all of my pattern covers. I told you we love her!
You might remember me posting earlier about this one I made for Graham’s birthday last fall. Now it hangs in his room above his dresser.
Many people have asked me how to make one and, while some people could just wing it and figure something similar out, I wanted to create a pattern that catered to people who were just learning to sew or were looking for detailed instructions with a little something ‘extra.’ If you can sew a straight line, you can make this! Quickly!
It is in full color, illustrated booklet format just like the previous patterns. It comes with a full sized template sheet of the triangle piece and a complete alphabet- in mirror image form, all ready for you! If you’d like a different font, there’s a whole section in the pattern showing not only suggested fonts and the recommended size, but also where to find other fonts and how to print in mirror image using both Word and Mac Pages. Those are the little extras that I love about this pattern.
In order to really test out the “if you can sew a straight line, you can make this” idea with the pattern, I had it tested by four good friends who are relatively new to sewing- Cali, Amanda, Krista and Allison. Every single one of them has an education degree- proofing and editing writing is what they do/did for a living! Let me tell you, they know how to give great feedback!
Check out Krista’s test run! She made it for her daughter’s 4th birthday party. Several little girls, dressed in ballet gear, twirling the day away. Cute!!
After making the bunting, here’s part of what Krista had to say:
I have only sewn a couple of things from patterns before, but when i did, Shea, I had the HARDEST time understanding the secret language of the quilting world…and I found your pattern to be a huge breath of fresh air in its ease of use and non-pretentious tone. It was definitely a confidence builder for me to use and if every pattern I had tried in the past were written with the intuition and simplicity that you graced “Banner Day” with, I probably would be WAY more advanced in my pattern-ese. Thanks so much for making the process so non-intimidating!
Because of great testers like those ladies, the back cover of the pattern gives a table for materials needed for several different bunting lengths:
I had a few people tell me recently that they were buying it for a young girl in the family who was just learning to sew. Easy, instant gratification and something cute to decorate a room! Sounds like a great idea to me!
You can find the pattern at some of the stores listed on my Patterns page, under “Where to Buy.” If you are looking for an online source, Pink Chalk Fabrics carries my whole line.I’d love to see one when you finish it!
If you make a Banner Day bunting, I’d sure love to see it!
And now, a giveaway!
To kick things off, I’ll give away two copies right here! Just leave me a comment saying how you’d use it. A child’s name? A holiday phrase? A classroom decoration? Something totally different? I’ll leave the giveaway open until Wednesday, June 10th and midnight CST. Be sure there’s a way for me to contact you!