Banners are a wonderful way to decorate inside your home!

A banner is large enough to really create a centerpiece and be a conversation starter. I made two Easter banners in the early 90’s which we have hung up every year since-in Rhode Island, Rome, Germany and Torino, Italy. Since they are approximately one yard/meter square, I either remove a picture from the wall to make room for the banner, or sometime just hang it on top of a large picture. Each of them has a casing at the top with a curtain rod through it for hanging. I’ve found fishing line tied on each end of the curtain rod is the easiest way to hang them since it is strong but clear.

This is by no means a complete manual for how to make banners, but hopefully gives you some inspiration and ideas. I’ve found that the key is to just choose a design and get started! You’ll probably never feel like you have the time to make one, yet once it’s made, you will use it for years to come. Here are a few pointers:

  • Choose or design a pattern. Before you go shopping for fabric, you’ll probably want to have a rough idea of your design so you know which colors to look for.
  • Your pattern can either be enlarged on your computer, or on a copy machine with enlargement options. If designing the words on the computer, choose an outline mode if possible so that you don’t use so much ink to print off large black letters.
  • For the banner itself, you’ll want a heavy fabric, such as upholstery fabric or felt. There’s no sewing required if you use felt.
  •  The design aspects of the banner-letters or graphics-are better if you use lighter weight fabrics. Otherwise the whole banner gets too heavy.
  • The easiest way to make banners is to use trans-web, or double-sided interfacing. To use it, you will first iron the interfacing onto the back of the fabric and, after cutting out the design or letter, peel off the backing paper and iron the design or letter onto the banner itself. No need to outline the “raw” edges since you will not be washing the banner.

I made the two banners pictured on this page over twenty years ago. Each year I just roll them up on the curtain rod they hang on and put them away. When Easter comes, it’s quick and convenient to hang them in our home. Feel free to use any of my ideas or patterns.

I hang up the lamb banner for a week or two before Good Friday. The lamb is cut out of fleece and glued on the red banner. The cross was cut out of a textured brown fabric glued on. The letters were placed using Trans-web double-sided interfacing.

We hang up our purple Easter banner on Saturday night or Sunday morning. The words are cut from gold Mylar and placed using Trans-web interfacing. For the flowers, I decided to just pin on a bouquet of silk lilies with a ribbon bow, rather than try to design them from fabric. I just unpin the bouquet when I’m ready to roll up the banner and store it for next year.

On the left is a simple line-drawing that can be enlarged and copied as a banner pattern. The easiest way to enlarge any graphic or pattern is to upload your design to Block Posters, an easy-to-use site. Just follow the 1-2-3 directions and then download your enlargement. It’s wonderful! It’s easy! And it’s FREE! Colors can easily be adapted to use fabric you already have, or colors you readily find. Outlining the dawn sky and the sun with thin black cord will give it definition. Letters can be made wider and cut out of fabric (using Trans-web) or glued on with black cord. Click here to enlarge the Alleluia pattern. (You will need to enlarge it even more for a banner, using a scanner or copy machine.)

On the right is another simple line-drawing that can be enlarged and used as a pattern. (Again, use the Block Posters site as described above.) The white lily will need to have thin cord or paint marker outlining the lily petals to give it definition. I show the banner here using purples, but any color may be used.  Jesus is risen, as He said! Click here for a larger pattern of “Jesus is Risen”. (You will need to enlarge it even more for a banner, using a scanner or copy machine.)

You might also consider using a page from a coloring book as a pattern. Just remember that simple is best, especially if you’re just starting off. Once the banner is complete, sew a casing at the top and insert a curtain rod for hanging. If you don’t sew, you could even just iron on some double-sided interfacing to make your casing.

Celebrate Easter! Make a banner for your home!