Crafting a Personalized DIY Birthday Banner

Not intimidated by DIY party decorations? This floral banner is perfect for a young girl's birthday party, and can hang in her room for the entire year. Enjoy Debbie Olson's six step tutorial on creating this traditional birthday decoration which she made for her two nieces.

Personalized DIY Birthday Banner

I'm happy to be a guest today on the Terial Arts Blog! For today’s project, I created a door banner for my young nieces using Terial Magic, a couple of cotton prints, raw canvas, stamps, ink, dies, and decorative accessories.

Materials Used

Materials used for Birthday banner
  • Terial Magic Fabric Stabilizer
  • ¼ yard of printed cotton cloth
  • ¼ yard of white muslin or cotton broadcloth
  • 1/8 yard of canvas
  • variety of accessories such as ribbon, twill tape or seam binding, rick-rack, buttons, baker’s twine
  • Funky Flowers stamp set (My Favorite Things Stamps)
  • Funky Flowers Die-namics (My Favorite Things Stamps)
  • Jumbo Fishtail Stax and Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Stax Die-namics (My Favorite Things Stamps)
  • Double-sided fusable interfacing (such as Heat-n-Bond)
  • Fabric adhesive (such as Aleene’s) or needle and thread
  • Black pigment ink or black hybrid ink (such as MFT Stamps Black Licorice Hybrid ink)
  • Copic markers
  • 0.3 Black Copic Multiliner
  • Die-cutting machine

Step 1: Gathering your supplies

First I gathered my supplies from the list above, including Terial Magic liquid fabric stabilizer, two coordinating cotton prints, white muslin, raw canvas, and some coordinating stamps and dies with which to create flowers for my pennants.

Step 2: Preparing your fabric

Next, I thoroughly sprayed my prewashed cotton fabrics and raw canvas with Terial Magic liquid fabric stabilizer and let them dry for about 15 minutes (until damp rather than wet) before ironing them dry.

Iron Treated Floral Banner Fabric

Fabric has more body and cuts much more cleanly after application of Terial Magic, even with thin profile dies.

Watch how to use Terial Magic Here

Step 3: Cutting out the pennants

I cut five base pennant pieces from raw canvas and from the printed cotton. Next, I cut five smaller white pennants for a surface to decorate.

Terial Magic Floral Banner

I stamped scraps of my printed, Terial Magic-treated cloth with floral images, then die-cut and colored them. Notice how clean the raw edges on the cloth and canvas are after being treated with Terial Magic.

Besides providing clean cuts, Terial Magic also prevents fraying of raw edges. 

Step 4: Lettering on the pennants

I hand-lettered my nieces’ names on two of the pennants using a Copic 0.3 black Multiliner for the outlines and filling in with a pink Copic marker. At this point, I had all of my layers cut and was ready to begin assembling the pennants.

Step 5: Assembling the layers

To assemble the layers, I used Heat-n-Bond, though you could just as easily stitch your layers together if you prefer.

Stitch Treated Fabric Together

Each pennant has a canvas base, a layer of Heat-n-Bond, a printed cloth base, another layer of Heat-n-Bond, and a white muslin base.

Glue Treated Fabric Together

I stitched buttons onto my flower centers, then layered and arranged the flowers and leaves on each of the pennants, using a dab of fabric adhesive to attach my flowers and leaves. (Again, you could sew them on if you prefer.)

Step 6: Twine together

After finishing all five pennants, I folded and ironed a piece of ¾” twill tape that was cut about 10” longer on either end than the full length of my five pennants, and I inserted the pennants into the fold and stitched them in place before adding a line of narrow rick-rack and baker’s twine bows.

My pennant should coordinate with my nieces’ new quilt, so I’m pretty sure that it will be a hit. Thank you to Terial Arts for allowing me to share my project today!

Next Project: DIY Reusable Fabric Party Decor