Homemade church banners

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Homemade church banners
Sew your own church banners. (pointer image by Igor Shootov from Fotolia.com)

You have seen banners hanging in churches. Those banners turn your thoughts to the message of the banner and minister to you. Start your own ministry by creating banners for your church. A worship banner, according to the website worshipbanners.com, "encourages worship, elicits praise, and deepens understanding of and intimacy with God." A church banner is one of the ways the word of God can be spread. Talk with your church board to get approval to provide banners for your church.

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Things you need

  • Felt
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Thread
  • Tassels
  • Scissors
  • Rope braid
  • Fabric glue
  • Newspaper
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Vinyl for outdoor banners
  • Letters, iron-on or glue-on
  • Cotton broadcloth for indoor banners
  • Enlarged clip art patterns for banner images
  • 3-foot long wooden dowel, 1/2 or 3/4 inch in diameter

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    Choose your church banner materials by answering the following questions: Will the banner be displayed indoors or out? What shape should the banner be? What size should the banner be? Will the banner be formal or casual? What words are needed? What images will enhance my message? Once the questions have been answered, gather the materials for your banner.

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    Pick your fabric and images with an eye to the overall look of your banner. Choosing the right fabric involves more than indoor/outdoor options. Joyce Bowers, author of "Church Banner Designs: 72 Unique Ideas Using Calico, Batik & Other Cotton Prints," says the key to an eye-catching banner is a combination of the colours and the fabric. She suggests a solid colour for the background. Holding the colours next to each other to test for visual impact will let you know if your fabrics complement each other. Bowers also says to choose images that are universal in familiarity, simple to reproduce on fabric and aesthetically pleasing.

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    Tape sheets of newspaper together until the piece is large enough to support your design. Measure the dimensions of your chosen banner--plus two inches added to each side--and draw them onto the paper. Cut out the pattern and place it on the cotton broadcloth or vinyl fabric. Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out the pattern.

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    Remove the paper pattern. Fold each edge of the fabric over half an inch and iron flat. Make a second half an inch fold on each side and pin it. Sew a hem around the entire banner. Fold the top edge of the banner over 1 1/2 inches and sew along the end of the fold, forming an opening for the dowel.

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    Place the lettering on the church banner. Keep the letters straight by measuring with a tape measure from an edge to where you want the letters to be and apply clear tape above or along the location of your letters. Apply the letters and glue them with fabric glue or iron them on if they are fusible letters. Remove the tape.

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    Trace your images onto a piece of felt. Either draw the images on the backside of the fabric or cut very carefully so no pencil lines will show. Cut out the images and place them on the fabric. Once you are pleased with the location, glue the felt on with fabric glue. If this is an outdoor banner, use a different colour of vinyl for the images and reinforce the glue by sewing.

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    Embellish your banner with gold braid and tassels. Glue the braid across the bottom or top or both. If your banner comes to a point at the bottom, trace the sides with gold braid and attach a tassel at the end. Place the dowel through the top opening. Add gold tassels to the end of the dowel. Attach an 18-inch length of gold braid and hang your church banner from the braid.

Tips and warnings

  • Banners that are not used for a lengthy period of time can be made without sewing. Glue or hem tape can replace stitches.
  • Fabric successfully replaces felt for images.
  • Be patient. A quality piece will take time.
  • Take the pulse of your congregation. Create banners that will inspire and encourage parishioners.

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