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Banner Day- a customizable bunting!

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!

43 Responses to Banner Day- a customizable bunting!

  1. Natalie June 2, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    I would use this pattern to decorate my sewing room! I love all the examples you’ve shown. The pictures are fantastic! Very inspiring!

    • Shea June 11, 2011 at 12:15 am #

      Natalie, sometimes it pays to be the first commenter…. you’re a winner! Send me an e-mail at emptybobbinsewing at gmail dot com and let me know your mailing address and I’ll get it right to you! Congrats!

  2. Amy McA June 2, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    I’d totally make a holiday banner! I even have the fabric picked out.


  3. Sonia B June 2, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Oooo, I like the idea of giving it to a young sewer . . . I’ve been looking for good projects for my 9 year old. I like your “Happy Birthday” one too. Thanks for the chance!

    • Shea June 11, 2011 at 12:08 am #

      Sonia, you’re a winner! Please e-mail me with your mailing address and we’ll get your little girl sewing! Yay!! emptybobbinsewing at gmail dot com!

  4. Paula June 2, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    I would love to have this pattern. I think I would start by making one for my grandson’s bedroom. And, then one for my niece. Oh and one for my 14 year old daughter….. I can think of lots of special people who need a banner.

  5. Amanda Herzberger June 2, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    I would LOVE to make two banners for fall for my mantle: “Spooky” and “Grateful” – such a fun idea and it seems like a very easy pattern!!

  6. Elizabeth McDonald June 2, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    I LOVE the pattern! The results are adorable, and I think the pattern would be an enormous time saver, even for an experienced sewer! I want to make a banner for my Sweetie’s birthday in September…seems like grown-ups, and especially men, have more subdued celebrations, and some birthday years should be special!

  7. tracy_a June 2, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Wonderful! I think these might make a nice elementary teacher’s gift – who wouldn’t want to hang the READ banner in a classroom?

  8. Pearlie's Girl June 2, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Hmmmm. Kids are too old….no grandbabies yet…..retired from teaching a year ago…..maybe a wedding banner?

  9. Caitlin June 2, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Hi Shea! I would make name banners for all the girls, and also some fun holiday/seasonal sayings :)

  10. Joan June 2, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    I would put my first grandchild’s name on it.

  11. Annette June 2, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Name banners for above the kids beds and birthday banners.

  12. Nicole June 2, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    I’ve been meaning to make a name banner for my little girl’s room. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Holly June 2, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    I’d use it to make a banner for my son’s room. We’re moving to a truck/construction theme-maybe a big Vroom! to hang in there would be perfect.

  14. Heidi June 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Hmm… the possibilities are endless! I think I would love to make an alphabet banner to hang in our children’s bedroom. Such a cute project, thanks!

  15. Bev Radaich June 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Hi Shea, What a wonderful idea! I would use the pattern to make a “Happy Birthday” banner for my grandchildren. Birthdays are a big deal in their house and this would fit in with making the celebration special. I can also see the “Read” banner in one of the dormers in their playroom marking a special place to enjoy their books. In my own home, a “Sew” banner for my sewing room and as holiday decorations.

  16. Melissa June 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    I would use this to make a patriotic welcome home banner for soldiers! I wish I’d thought of this before mine got home! Congrats on the new pattern!

  17. Angie H. June 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    I love the idea of a holiday banner. I can make a bunch in different fabrics and have festive banners all year round.

  18. Jennifer June 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    I have a few uses. It would be a great go-to birthday party gift for the million parties my kids get invited to each school year. They could be cut and ready to go from random coordinating scraps, then just add the name. some cute hand stitching would be awesome on the letters. I have a librarian friend who really wants a bookshelf quilt. Maybe this could keep her at bay until I get to it? And of course, the patriotic Welcome Home banner that I seem to be buying over and over. I know a lot of Army Wives I could gift with that as well. Hmm sounds like a little sewing part might be in order!

    • Shea June 11, 2011 at 12:10 am #

      Jennifer, you’re a winner! Shoot me an e-mail with your mailing address and I’ll get it to you right away! Yay for sewing! emptybobbinsewing at gmail dot com

  19. Cindy L June 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    These are so cute! I’d love to make some for my sewing room – maybe with “SEW”, “QUILT”, “YOU HAVE ENOUGH FABRIC”.

  20. Alisa June 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    I think I’d start with Happy Birthday. Then maybe one of my kids names or as a baby gift. Wonderful!

  21. Andrea Katolin June 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    Hi Shea! I met you with my mom at Maisonette in Oceanside!

    I would love to make a happy birthday banner to have ready for special occasions and I know each of my girls would like one in their bedroom too!

  22. ina June 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    I would use it to make a banner for my BFF’s birthday in July. I’m throwing her a Mad Hatter’s tea party. The bunting would make a wonderful welcome. ;0

  23. Mary Anne June 3, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    Shea…your readers have so many great ideas!!! If I had the banner set, I’d follow Cindy’s lead and make one for my sewing room…one that says “FINISH!” :-)

  24. Elle June 3, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Very cute pattern! I have lots of friends who are pregnant or have just had babies, so I’d use it to make either name banners or inspiration word banners (like “Dream”) for the nursery. Or, perhaps for some of the new mothers I know, the inspirational word would be “Sleep”! ;)

  25. Melissa June 3, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    I love the idea of a READ banner for a little reading nook or one over a bed that says DREAM. So many possibilities.!

  26. Jenny June 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    i love the idea of this type of banner with every holiday celebrated!
    valentines day, st patricks, 4th of july…and on…so versitle and so wonderufl!

  27. Astrid Wuerbs June 4, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    I am planning to make a SUMMER banner for our street party in august!

  28. The Lazy Mom June 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    I think I’d be totally boring and just do my daughter’s name in her room! And then I’d make a happy birthday one!! And then maybe some holiday ones!!!

    Oh, who am I kidding… I’m a lazy mom, remember?

  29. Kayla June 5, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    I think I would make one with our family name…I can think of a lot of uses for that. My girls will want to make their own names for above their beds…and a generic Happy Birthday one is almost a must!!!

  30. Kathryn June 6, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    I too have a daughter Eleanor – I would use the pattern to make decorations for her third birthday

  31. Allison S. June 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    I’d make banners for my daughter and my nieces…all under 3! Thanks for the chance!!

  32. Crystal June 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    I’d make some birthday banners – we have 9 family birthdays in the next month so it would be well used. I love all the variations you show! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Susan N. June 7, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    The possibilities are endless — just like my fabric stash! Our first grandchild will arrive this fall and that’s enough excuse for the pattern right there, isn’t it? And I love all the ideas for celebrating holidays. Always looking for something quick to make for special times and this fits the bill. Thanks!

  34. Lee Anne June 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Love the banner….my daughter teaches first grade…would use banners for each new unit….to get them excited about learning!

  35. Suzanne June 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    I don’t know if I would do my upcoming baby’s name or some other words for her nursery. Well, I would definitely do her name and try some more!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  36. Barb P. June 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    My grandaughter has just moved into a “big girl bed” and it would be fun to make Her room extra special just for her, LOLA, my first grandchild.

  37. Denise June 11, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Love it!! Would be a fun Christmas Gift for my children and their young families to use and create a keepsake.

  38. Karen Ann Blasingame June 5, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    My husband, a very young 58 year-old grandfather of our 9 grandbabies was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Our 3 children & their spouses have organized a fundraiser softball game at the high school where he coaches Basketball & teaches Geometry. The banner I will make for the gateway will be “Save PapaD” ( some of his students even call him that). I am so glad to find this display idea—I didn’t want to just put it on poster board or waxy bulletin board paper. With your banner idea I can use the school colors & later even add the letters necessary to display “We Saved PapaD”. The banner will then grace his classroom! I am also going to suggest that he use this banner pattern as a geometry classroom project for his students. Thank you for this idea! He will love it—& so will the students.

  39. Kat June 5, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    Love the “twirl party” idea! Gorgeous!


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