Simple DIY Hen Do Banner, Garland and Sash

Davina here - It was my best friend Jeni's hen do this weekend and as one of the four best ladies I was responsible for organising the weekend. I took on the task of making some decorations and organising a surprise murder mystery, which was so much fun!

For the decorations I wanted to make something that could be reused for the wedding (if they wished) or just hung up in their house so I decided to match the colour theme of the wedding - yellow and grey. I made a banner celebrating the date that they will wed, a garland with their initials on it and a sash for Jeni to wear (I guess that can't really be used again!). 

Jeni & Andy garland 

Jeni & Andy garland 

Bride to be Jeni wearing her DIY sash that I made her.

Bride to be Jeni wearing her DIY sash that I made her.

Materials to Make Hen Do Banner/ Garland/ Sash:

  • Two contrasting coloured pieces of felt (more for the background colour)
  • Bondaweb
  • A long strip of bias binding (same length as you wish the garlands to be)
  • A pole/ stick for banner only
  • Twine for banner only
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine & thread
  • Iron
  • Printer and paper (optional)
  • Pen
  • Dressmaker chalk
  • Ruler (for banner)

Instructions to Make Banner:

  1. Using chalk and large ruler draw out the shape of your banner on felt A. I made mine 18x18 inches square and then the triangle bottom had a height of 8 inches.
  2. Once happy with shape cut it out. 
  3. Work out sentence and how many words you have and how many letters you want on each line roughly - do this on scrap paper.
  4. Make a mini grid of your flag on paper (using centimetres instead of inches to make smaller and plan out letters). I drew a line every 2 cm each direction meaning each letter was 2cm by 2cm so I knew I needed the real letters to be 2 inches by 2 inches to fit all my letters in neatly.
  5. Once you know what size you need your letters to be choose a font and print out a few different sizes of a letter to get one that is the right size. I think I ended up using font size 200 and I chose my favourite font Paper Cute. Alternatively freehand draw your letters to make them the right size.
  6. Print out your sentence (but if letters are repeated you can delete them for speed as you only need one of each letter at this stage). Cut the letters out.
  7. Work out roughly how much Felt B you will need and iron your bondaweb onto it. (Make sure you iron the textured side onto the felt otherwise you will have a sticky iron!). Alternatively trace letters directly onto felt B. cut out and glue letters down.
  8. Using a sharp pencil draw around your letters in reverse (so when you stick them down they will be the right way up).
  9. Cut letters out and un-peel bondaweb.
  10. Place letters on banner and choose where you want them to go.
  11. Iron letters down carefully. Follow instructions of the bondaweb for this. Use a medium heat setting.
  12. Neatly fold the top of your banner down by an inch at the back - a simple hem. Use the iron to make a neat fold.
  13. Cut out a thin strip (1/2 inch high) of bondaweb the width of the banner.
  14. Insert stick in fold and use bondaweb stick fold down.
  15. Knot twine to each side of pole and hang up on hook!

Instructions to make Garland/Sash:
The garland and sash and made exactly the same way - the only difference is how they are displayed. One is to be hung up and the other worn.

  1. Choose size of half circles for garlands and cut out enough to almost fill your length of bias binding ( you want to leave some bias on each end to tie/ hang)
  2. Cut a template and draw around it on chalk on your background felt colour - being careful to not waste space. Now cut out shapes.
  3. Sew your half circles into the bias binding - see photo above.
  4. Choose wording for banner and work out if you wish to repeat it or just spell it out once - count up letters of phrase and compare with number of half circles to see what is possible.
  5. Print out your sentence (but if letters are repeated you can delete them for speed as you only need one of each letter at this stage). Cut the letters out.
  6. Work out roughly how much Felt B (the letter felt) you will need and iron your bondaweb onto it. (Make sure you iron the textured side onto the felt otherwise you will have a sticky iron!). Alternatively trace letters directly onto felt B. cut out and glue letters down.
  7. Using a sharp pencil draw around your letters in reverse (so when you stick them down they will be the right way up).
  8. Cut letters out and un-peel bondaweb.
  9. Place letters on garland and choose where you want them to go.
  10. Iron letters down carefully. Follow instructions of the bondaweb for this. Use a medium heat.

 

Jeni and Me!

Jeni and Me!

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