This fun Christmas DIY Canvas Banner can be customized a million different ways and makes a cute gift! If you like this project then you may also like this pattern for Mini Christmas Stockings.
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I feel like a broken record, since I keep saying this, but this year is flying by! I can not believe that it’s already mid-November. In my head school just got out. Every year for Christmas it seems that I plan poorly and end up with a million “to do’s” the week before the Holiday. Pretty much making myself miserable. This year I am determined to either 1- plan further ahead or 2- do less “things”. I’m guessing it will end up being a combination of both!
Each year I like to add one “handmade” item to my Christmas decor. This year I decided to make a simple DIY Canvas banner. I love these banners and have made quite a few in the past (you can see my Halloween version HERE).
This year I knew I wanted to make one for Christmas. I struggled a bit with what I wanted it to say then settled on “Peace on Earth”. As I think we all would appreciate a bit more peace in the world right now.
DIY “Peace on Earth” Christmas Banner Tutorial
I also created a simple felt Holly Berry garland to go along with the banner. I’ll tell you quickly how to make it in the tutorial but may plan a more detailed “how to” for it later this month.
This project was created almost entirely with my Cricut Maker! If you’re wondering just what that is, you can CLICK HERE to read my review of the Maker, along with a brief outline of what it can do and answers to a lot of frequently asked questions.
What is a Cricut? A Cricut Machine is an electronic cutting machine. It hooks up to your computer via USB or Bluetooth and cuts images that you send to it, much like a printer. It just cuts instead of prints. It can cut vinyl, paper, fabric, and much more. The images are all digital, you can upload your own images or buy images in Cricut Design space individually. You can read my full review of the Cricut Maker Machine HERE.
Cutting Fabric with the Cricut Maker
When I found out the Cricut Maker could cut fabric, I knew right away that I wanted to make a million appliques with it! I’ve also wanted to delve more into felt crafting, and the idea of having a machine that can cut the felt for me makes that even more appealing.
I spent most of October figuring out just how exactly to cut appliques with the Maker. I made a quilt for my booth at Quilt Market and cut most of the appliques for that quilt with the Maker. So are you ready to make something?
Canvas Banner Supplies
Here’s what you’ll need:
- ½ yard of Canvas
- 18″ Dowel Rod
- Sewing Machine
- Cricut Maker, with Rotary Blade and Fabric Mat
- 12″ x 12″ piece of fabric for letters
- 1 piece of red felt, 12″ x 12″ – I used Cricut Felt in the Sky Sampler
- 2 pieces of green felt, 12″ x 12″
- Heat N Bond Lite
- 6 red buttons
- Ribbon for the top of the banner
- Cut files for the PEACE ON EARTH and Holly Berries. You can download them HERE. Just make sure you read the instructions at the top of the page. – Right now I’m only doing cut files for this, I might add a PDF later next week when I have a bit more time if there is a demand for it.
Cricut SVG File Download: Note: all files in the Library are for personal use only. You may not sell items you make with the files. To get these files into Cricut Design space you need to visit OUR CRICUT DOWNLOADS LIBRARY and follow the directions. When prompted click the DOWNLOAD button and save the file as an SVG to your computer. Do not open it in a new window it will load as an image, not an SVG. Next, go to the Cricut Design Space page with your browser. Click NEW. When the screen pops up click IMAGE. Then click – upload. Upload the image you downloaded. It’s ready to use in Design Space!
Step One: Create the Banner
First, you need to make your canvas shape. Begin by cutting your canvas to 16″ x 22″. Find the center of the 16″ side and mark it. Then measure down 16″ from the top of the banner on the 22″ side. Place a mark.
Draw a line connecting the center marks with the 16″ marks. Cut along this line. Repeat for the other side.
Next, fold over the top of the banner about 1″ and press. Then fold in all the sides of the banner ¼″ and press.
Stitch the top of the banner along the edge of the seam to create a pocket for the dowel rod. If you would rather, you can use steam a seam and “glue” the seam in place. Stitch down the sides of the banner (or glue) as shown.
Step 2: Cut out the Letters with your Cricut
Now you are ready to make the letters for your banner. Download the svg files and upload them into the Cricut Design Space.
Let’s start with the PEACE ON EARTH.
This design is set to cut the letters individually and all from the same mat. If you want the letters cut on different mats (you are using more than one fabric) then just change the element you want on another mat to another COLOR. The color tells the machine that it goes on a new mat. It also helps you to preview what your design will look like after you are done.
When you have the mat laid out the way you like, size the entire image to about 14″ across.
Since we don’t care if the letters cut next to each other (like we would if it was an iron-on), you do not need to attach the layers. Just click MAKE IT and the software will fit the letters on the mat in the most efficient way.
You will notice that the holly leaves are in the same file. That is OK. I’m going to show you how to cut it all at once. Also, in the image above I changed the word “on” to red, just to show you how you can move it to another mat.
Iron the Heat n Bond line to the WRONG side of your fabric. Make sure it is well-attached and REMOVE the paper backing.
Place the fabric bonded side down, onto your fabric mat.
Tell the machine that you are using COTTON BONDED fabric, and change the blade to Rotary Blade (change it both physically on the machine and in the software).
Then load the mat when prompted and click the Cricut icon when it blinks.
It will cut your first mat, in this case, the letters.
Peel away the extra fabric and remove the letters.
The machine will now prompt you to load the next mat, which in my case was felt.
Cutting Out the Felt Holly & Berries
Take note of the SIZE of the holly leaves on your preview screen. Cut a piece of felt about 1″ larger than that size and iron the Heat N Bond Lite onto the wrong side. Peel away the paper. Place bonded side down on the fabric mat.
Change the material setting to FELT. Change the blade to “rotary”. Load the mat when prompted, then click the icon and let it cut.
You should now have letters from fabric and holly leaves cut from felt.
Step 3: Applique
Center the letters and felt on the canvas banner. When you get them in the correct spot, use your iron to attach them to the canvas.
If desired, go around each letter with a blanket stitch. You don’t have to do this, it will stick down fine without it. It is just to add a bit of extra detail.
To finish the banner, sew on 6 red buttons on top of the Holly leaves. Feed the dowel rod through the top pocket and tie the ribbon to the dowel rod.
Step 4: Garland
To create the Holly garland. Open the Holly Berry file in Design Space. Size it the size that you want. Take note, the Maker can not cut curves/circles smaller than ¾ with the rotary blade. So don’t make it too small!
Click MAKE IT.
In the upper left corner change the project copies to the number you want.
It will automatically space the berry centers on different mats that the holly leaves.
Select FELT as your material, and change the blade to the Rotary Blade.
Load the mat and cut.
After you are done, peel the pieces off of the mat, and put into 2 piles, leaves and berries.
Now simply use your sewing machine to stitch the berries and leaves together in a garland. Just alternate berries and leaves and leave 1 stitch between each as you go.
That’s it! You’re done!
Why I used the Rotary Blade for this Project
We will talk more about cutting out appliques with the Maker in future projects. I have also cut more intricate designs with the Maker, but have not used the rotary blade. I have found that even with bonded fabric I prefer the rotary blade and fabric mat to the traditional blade. It cuts smoother. I use it any time the image is large enough (the Maker can’t cut circles smaller than ¾″
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