Sarah Ashford is back with us today sharing a DIY Enamel Pin Banner Tutorial. Personally, I am so excited to make one of these for myself! I started collecting enamel pins a few years ago and am always looking for creative pin display ideas! She’s even included a printable template for the banner with her tutorial! If you like this project then you may also like this DIY Canvas Banner Tutorial.
Back in February, I was lucky enough to attend Quilt Con Pasadena, and meet a whole bunch of amazing people. There’s a fantastic tradition at Quilt Con of swapping pin badges and enamel pins, and I was lucky enough to score loads!
The enamel pins I think are particularly special, so I thought I’d make a pin badge banner to display them on, and I thought I’d share with you how I’ve made it. Now I can look at my lovely badges and remember all the fun and people I met every time I look at it.
DIY Enamel Pin Banner Tutorial:
It’s super easy and apart from your basic sewing supplies, you will need:
Supplies for Pin Banner:
1 fat quarter fabric for the banner
Banner template (print off the pdf here)
Medium weight interfacing
15” Pom pom trim
Wooden dowel rod
First of all, print the template and cut it out. Draw around the template onto your chosen fabric twice, once for the front panel and once for the back.
Then draw the template onto the medium weight interfacing twice, again one for the front and one for the back. Cut out all 4 banner shapes.
2 fabric and 2 interfacing cut out Iron on the interfacing to the wrong side of the front and back banner fabrics according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This will stabilize the fabrics.
Take the pom pom trim and baste along the tip of the back banner piece on the right side, using large stitches and ensuring that the pom poms are facing inwards. (You might find it easier to clip it in position with binding clips first.)
Now the two flags need to be stitched together. Place the back piece right side up (with the pom poms facing) and the front piece right sides down. Use basting clips to hold the two pieces together, using extra clips across the edge where the pom poms are.
Using a 1/4”seam, start at the top corner and stitch down the side, across the bottom and back up, but not across the top. Reinforce the seams the beginning and end.
Turn right side out and press all over.
Fold the top over ¼” and then fold again. Use binding clips to hold in place and stitch along the edge of the fold to secure. Tie off the ends.
Take your dowel rod and use this as a guide to fold over the top to create the sleeve. Use binding clips to pin in place at each side.
Remove the dowel rod and using a matching colored thread, carefully slip stitch the sleeve to the banner, taking care to only take the stitches through the back panel of the banner and not the front.
(If you want to, you can paint the dowel rod in a color that coordinates with your banner. I used two coats of acrylic white paint which seemed to do the job perfectly!)
Thread the dowel rod through the sleeve and tie on the twine or ribbon on either side.
And you’re done! Now it’s time to pin all your special enamel pins to your banner, step back and admire them!
About the Maker:
Sarah Ashford is a British Quilter and embroiderer and founder of the GreatBritishQuilter challenge on Instagram. Sarah regularly contributes projects to magazines and loves to spread the joy of quilting everywhere she goes. Follow her on Instagram at @sarahashfordstudio and be sure to check out her beautiful sewing room decals in her etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/
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