Sew a beautiful welcome banner to greet friends, neighbors, and loved ones into your home! This easy sewing project features hand or machine embroidery - the free embroidery design is included!
This welcome banner sewing project is intermediate level - you must be familiar with your embroidery machine, or already know how to hand embroider fill designs.
I made my own embroidery thread tassel for the bottom of this welcome banner too.
Of course, sewing the welcome banner together after you have embroidered it is very fast and easy!
The machine embroidery design comes in 3 sizes. I used the largest one for my banner, which requires a hoop at least 7'' x 8''. I'm also including a design that fits 5'' x 7'' hoops and 4'' x 4'' hoops so hopefully everyone can try it. :)
Your finished banner size will depend on the size of your embroidery. The instructions below show the largest size. You will need less fabric and your banner will be smaller if you embroider one of the smaller designs.
How to Sew a Welcome Banner:
Finished size as shown: approximately 10'' tall x 11'' wide (not including the tassel).
You will need:
- a 12'' x 12'' square of natural colored canvas or duckcloth for the back of the welcome banner
- a 15'' x 15'' (or as needed for your embroidery hoop) piece of natural colored canvas or duck cloth for the front of the welcome banner
- 1 DIY embroidery thread tassel (or store bought tassel)
- a fabric marking pen
- cutting tools
- sewing machine, thread, etc.
- a 1/4'' thick dowel about 15'' long (or as needed)
- about 25'' of twine or lightweight rope
1. Hand or machine embroider the Welcome motif onto the center of the canvas or duck cloth for the front of the banner.
2. Use the fabric marker to make a mark 1 1/2'' below the yellow flowers at the center bottom of the design.
Draw vertical lines 2'' away from the welcome motif on either side. Place your ruler right underneath the large red and pink flower and mark the intersections with the vertical lines.
Then connect these intersections with the first mark that is 1 1/2'' below the yellow flowers.
Draw a horizontal line 4'' above the welcome motif that connects the two vertical lines.
3. Cut out the front of the welcome banner along your marked lines. Place the front piece on top of the remaining piece canvas or duck cloth and use it as a pattern to cut the back.
4. Pin the front and back pieces right sides together. Stitch all the way around (pivoting at the corners), leaving a 4'' opening on the top edge. Use a 1/2'' seam allowance.
5. Clip the corners and turn the banner right side out through the opening. Press the edges flat.
6. Fold the top edge to the back by 1''. Pin in place.
7. Sew across the pinned edge, closing the opening at the same time. This will make a pocket for your dowel.
8. Hand sew the tassel to the point at the bottom of the welcome banner.