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Banners Of Hope – Hemming Your Banner

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Banners of Hope by Lorine Mason A Home for Everyone

My latest Banners of Hope creation. In this banner I wanted to convey my hope for everyone to have a place to come home to…. Soldiers returning from war, Families being able to stay together, Children having a safe place to lie their heads at night, Fathers and Mothers coming home after a hard days work knowing who is behind those doors, Pets living with a family. Something we all want and need in our lives.

I thought I would take a couple of minutes to illustrate a simple way to hem a banner. I hope this helps.

photo8Gather your supplies. I used Steam-A-Seam 1/2 inch wide fusible web tape in this case. You will also need scissors, a rotary cutter, ruler and mat and an iron.


Cut your banner fabric 15 1/2 inches long by 9 inches wide.

Press fusible web tape along the side edges of the banner, butting the tape along the raw edges. If the fabric has a definite right and wrong side, press the tape to the wrong side. 


Without removing the paper from the back of the tape, fold over and press. Open the hem, remove the paper backing, refold back into place and press well. This will fuse the hem in place. Repeat for the opposite side.

photo5Press fusible tape along one of the shorter edges. Repeat as above to fuse the hem at what is now the bottom of your banner. Optional: Topstitch along the sides and bottom edges of your banner, stitching 3/8 of an inch away from the folded edges.

photo5Press fusible tape along the top edge of the banner, pressing it to right side of the fabric.  Without removing the paper from the back of the tape, fold over and press.

photo6Measuring down from the top of the newly folded edge, place pins at the 2 1/2 inch point along either side. Fold the banner top to the back using the pins as a guide and press. Open the hem, remove the paper backing from the fusible web tape, refold and press well. This will fuse the rod pocket in place.  Optional: Topstitch across the rod pocket stitching 2 3/8 inches down form the top edge of the banner. photo7

The back of your banner will look similar to this. Now the fun really starts as you can turn it over and decorate.  Note: Depending on your design style; fusing and/or stitching the rod pocket and hems can be the done after your design is complete. The choice is yours. The finished size will be 8 inches by 12 inches. Perfect!

Craft and Hobby Association Class in Anaheim

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We will be creating lots of fun wardrobe accessories in my class at the Craft and Hobby Association in Anaheim January 2014. Trash to the Ultimate in Fun Treasure all while cutting up thrift store items with Westcott Brand cutting tools. We have lots of fun activities planned  during class and will even be handing out prizes on the showfloor if participants are spotted sporting their new found treasure. I must say when you get on the Westcott train you are in for a fun ride.