“One” Birthday Banner

    Brynlee’s first birthday is just a few weeks away so we are in full party prepping mode here. I still can’t believe that she is already going to be one! One of the things that I knew I wanted was a “one” banner to attach to her highchair during her smash cake. I thought about making a few different type of buntings, maybe triangle and burlap or a fabric banner of some sort. I knew didn’t want paper, just in case things got really messy I wanted the banner to be able to still look nice in pictures and not get all soft and mushy. My mom recently gave me a ton of lace that caught my eye as I was search my craft closet for ideas and that is how we ended up with a lace and felt “one” banner.

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The first thing I did was print out my letters, the font I used was Calibri (body), bold, size 450. I think this size fits perfect in my 5” hoops.

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Next, I cut out the letters and traced them backwards onto the felt with a pen. I traced them backwards to make sure that when I attached them to the lace none of the pen marks would show. And then I cut out the felt letters.

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Once those were done I grabbed my lace and embroidery hoops, locked the lace into place and cut around the outer rim.

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I made sure to trim the edges of the lace once they were cut out so it wouldn’t be visible. I thought about gluing the lace into place, but decided against it since this is a one-time use banner and I have ideas for using the hoops later.

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I centered my letters in the embroidery hoops then glued them down using fabric glue.

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After the glue was dry, I tied my hoops together using jute, but ribbon or bakers twine would also be really cute! For reference, I tied my hoops 7” apart.

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I love how it turned out and it only took about 20 minutes from start to finish. I already had the felt and lace on hand so all I had to do was pick up 3 embroidery hoops (I got the 5” size), the were $1.49 each at Joann’s and I used 40% off coupons for them so this project was less than $3. If you needed to buy the additional supplies, I used one felt square, I think that are $0.50 and you will probably only need ¼ yard of lace.


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