Valentine Banner and Bling Hop
I am very pleased to be partnering with the same bloggers who co hosted the Christmas Bling Hop. I had such a good time meeting everyone and sharing ideas. The group chose to do another hop for Valentine’s. The other Valentine Bling themed links are at the bottom of my post.
When I think of a romantic scene I think of a movie set in the Victorian Era. No doubt it wasn’t that romantic for the everyday person in those days, but its my daydream so everyone lives in beautiful Victorian houses with lace and roses and gilded doors. Not to mention the gorgeous uncomfortable gowns all hand stitched with lace and beads.
I brought that overall lacy, pink, romantic idealism into this Valentine’s banner.
To make this banner you will about four of those little quilting bundles. or four 1/4 yard pieces. I used leftovers so that would work as well as long as they are coordinating.
Yard of iron on interfacing
Coordinating beads both small for embellishment and large for the flower centers and banner string.
Twine or ribbon, darning needle.
Sewing needle, thread
Scissors and a hot glue gun.
Cut out two large hearts for each banner piece
Cut one large heart from the interfacing
Cut out two small hearts for each banner piece
Cut one small heart from the interfacing
Cut out six circles for each banner piece
Here is the link to my simple hand drawn pattern.
Assembling the Hearts
Iron all your cut fabric pieces.
Place the large heart good side down, place the interfacing on top and the second piece of material good side up. Iron according to instructions. (Mine was ten seconds.)
Repeat this process for all the remaining hearts both large and small.
Assemble the heart backing place the small heart on top of the large and start to sew and bead them into place.
Sew around the outside of the small heart adding a bead on every stitch. Space the beads as evenly as possible. I used my baby finger to measure the spacing.
Repeat this for all the other banner pieces.
Heat the glue gun and be careful its easy to get burnt putting the petals together.“
Place two circles one on top of the other.
Take four circles of material, take each one and fold it in half and then into quarters. Glue it in the center where the point is to hold it. Make three more.
Make sure each petal faces with the open side towards you. Glue each one in the center of the flower, overlapping is fine.
Finally glue a bead or button in the middle of the flower.
Place on heart and sew into place.
You can leave the hearts as they are or add extra embellishments like buttons, extra beads or lace.
Attaching the String
For five hearts I used 6 feet of white string. With a darning needle thread on five beads. Sew one long stitch in the back of the heart. Make sure not to pierce the front of the heart and keep your stitch as level as possible.
Pull the thread through the heart, attach five more beads, repeat until finished ending with five beads.
Tie a noose knot on each end of the string, this will allow you to easily adjust the length of your banner.