make: a solar system banner
I'm not sure if you heard or not, but my Solar System banner panel won 2nd place in the Spoonflower banner contest! So amazing! My fabric that I ordered came in the mail right around when they announced the top 10, but I just finally got my banner all made. If you'd like to make one too, here's how:
a fat quarter of Solar System banner fabric
a fat quarter of thin cotton batting
a fat quarter of backing fabric
embroidery floss in coordinating colors
11 4-inch strips of ribbon or fabric for hangers
2-1/2 yard length of wide ribbon or braided fabric
1. Layer your backing fabric, batting and panel, then pin the pieces. Cut around the planets, just inside the dotted lines.
2. Add hangers to the cut pieces so they are layered between the outside fabrics and the batting. (My hangers are cut from a swatch of this fabric.)
3. Stitch around the planet shapes with coordinating floss. Alternately, you could do this on a sewing machine, but you know me.
4. Do this with all of the pieces, and now you're ready to hang them up.
5. Slide the pieces onto your ribbon or braided fabric, making sure that they are in the correct order (there's a cheat sheet on the fabric panel).
It bugs me that they are in front of a window when it comes to taking pictures, but they look so fun here! And at night they are sort of floating in front of darkness, which is cool, right?
Now, buying a fat quarter from Spoonflower is $11, but a whole yard is $18. Being the kind of person that wants to save money, I bought a yard. (Cost averaging...) So, my family and I were thinking up other ways to use the fabric. Here are some ideas that I may be making as time allows:
- Little stuffed planets (some will be teeny!)
- A playmat that could be used for games
- A large cloth book with appliquéd planets
How about you? Any ideas for other ways to use the banner panel?