Lorine Mason - Designer, Author, Innovator

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!


    • Thanks Sharon, Hand stitching is fantastic and I also love to have a piece of embroidery in my hands while watching TV. I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

  1. I am not sure if this is the correct place to tell you this but here goes anyways. I won a basket of sewing materials at the spring, CreativFestival in Toronto, this year. I received it today & am totally thrilled. I didn’t realise I had won until I received an email asking for my mailing address.
    I was impressed with your booth and the banners on display, & have been trying to get something going at our local Community Centre. They are always looking for ways for the community to become involved in a cause. I am volunteering at the July 1st Canada Day and wish I had thought of this earlier…..what a great place to promote your Banners of Hope. They are very vocal about the war effort & a large group display the fallen soldiers in this area. They also hold fund raisers for very ill local people & I feel these banners would be uplifting to so many. This web site is great also, so I will keep oiling the greasy wheel, so to speak. We have close to 100 members in our local quilting guild so surely someone will work with me. Please pass on my thanks for this beautiful prize.

    • Congrats on winning the prize package. Your ideas sound perfect for the Banners of Hope concept. What I love most about this project is that it can morph into so many things depending on the need or desire of the person or persons hosting the event. Thank you so much for taking the time to write….Have a wonderful Canada Day!

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