DIY St. Patrick’s Day Banner

With St. Patty’s Day right around the corner, I thought I would share a quick project to help you all get in the Irish mood.  How about a nice little Shamrock Banner?!  It’s quick & easy and no sewing to boot (well maybe a little).  We all need a little project like this every once in a while.



  • Heavy Duty/No Sew Heat N’ Bond
  • Buttons
  • Dark green fabric
  • Light Green Fabric Scraps
  • Cream Colored Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Tread

Gather your materials

Cut out your flag template and trace the number of flags needed, I did seven, on to the heat n’ bond.IMG_1535IMG_1534

Iron heat n’ bond flags to wrong side of  the cream fabric following the directions on the package.IMG_1537

Cut out top portion of flags, peel off paper backing and iron on to second piece of fabric. Cut out very close to the to the pieces that were just ironed on.  You now have seven flags.IMG_1538



Trace seven of the outer shamrock and seven of the inner shamrock on to the heat n’ bond.  I found it easier to cut out the group of inner and outer and iron on the corresponding fabric before cutting out the shamrocks.


Position on the shamrock in the middle of the flag.  Make sure you like the placement before ironing down. Continue for the remaining flags.


Using a small hole punch, gently punch a hole on either  top side of the flag.


Add your button embellishments.  I used a thicker piece of crochet thread and tied a knot on the back to keep the button on.  You could also just hot glue them if you would like.


Using a 2-4” pieces of ribbon,   tie flag pieces together.  On then flags cut a longer piece and make a loop for hanging.


Hang up, display and enjoy!


Hope you enjoy!  Thanks for reading! And Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Handmade Christmas Cheer {Tree Table Runner:Tutorial}

 UP DATE::  August 11, 2014

Due to popular demand and many inquiries, pattern pieces and a small-scale layout have been added.  Please let me know if something doesn't work correctly.
UP DATE #2::  October 25, 2014 : Pattern was reconfigured to a more web appropriate size.  Sorry about all the confusion. :)
Happy December!!! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Sorry there has been a lack of posts.  I have been busy getting ready for Christmas, crafting and being Mommy!
Here is the first of many posts on our Handmade Christmas Cheer segment.  Hope you enjoy!
Christmas Tree Table Runner
2 yards background fabric
2 yards backing fabric
(this will yield enough to make 2 runners)
scraps of Greens for the Trees
scraps of Brown from the stumps
Lite Fusible Web
Woven Fusible Interfacing (optional)
Cut your  background fabric and backing to your desired length.  My finished table runner came to 14"x69".  So I cut my fabric to 15x70" allowing for a 1/2" seam allowance.
Cut out your triangles for your trees by 1st determining the size of the trees, then tracing them on to the fusible web and then attaching it to the fabric.  I used my Cricut to make five different triangles and cut those out of 5 different fabrics. I did this with the stumps as well.
After I cut the triangles out, I determined my placement.
I used the backing of the fusible web to attach the corners of the trees together without attaching it to the background just yet.  This method kept the tackiness of the fusible web, but allowed for a little flexibility.
I traced my placement so I could easily place my trees for the rest.
I ironed the overlapping edges trying my best not to re-iron the whole thing.
Attached and movable!
I did the same thing for the stumps.
After attaching the stumps to the trees, I placed the Christmas trees on the background, and ironed them on.
 Now is the fun part.  Sewing the edges.  I did a different decorative edge for each tree.  I think it gave each tree its own personality. Be warned it did take a little while to do this.  But I think it paid off.  You could keep it simple and either zig zag or straight stitch around each tree/stump edge.
With right sides together, pin the backing to the finished top.
Sew along the sides using a 1/2" seam leaving about 4" open on one edge to turn it out.
 Iron edges smooth after turning right side out.  Then stitch 1/4" and 3/8" from the edge.  Creating a  decorative finish.  This will sew the opening shut.
If I had to make this again, I might add some woven fusible interfacing to the top give it a little more stiffness/crispness.
The finished product!



Hope you have enjoyed!  Please keep coming back to see what I have been up to!
Thanks for reading!

Reversible Birthday Banner

With little Miss E's second birthday (July 3rd) and Big L's 4th birthday (August 24th) within 2 months of each other, I was looking for some simple decorations that I could make to make their day special.  I wanted to make something that would work for  Miss E's birthday but would also work for Big L and Little Man's (November 6) birthdays as well. So I came up with the reversible banner.

Scraps of fabric
Craft interfacing (Pellon 808)
Permanent Heat N Bond
Bias tape or ribbon (I used almost 2 packages of bias tape)
Rotary cutter/scissors/pinking shears
Cardstock or paper for template

1. Make the template. I made mine 4" wide by 8" tall. This will make an 8" long by 8' tall triangle.

2.Select your fabric.  I used my scrap stash and.  Find enough fabrics for two sides/color schemes.  I used 7 different fabrics per side.

3.  To make enough triangles to spell 'Happy Birthday' you will need to cut 14 triangles out of 7 differents fabrics by placing the template we made, long side on the fold.. Do the same for the reverse side.
***you also could cut 28 pieces (4 triangles out of each of the 7 fabrics) instead of doing  a different color scheme on the back***

4.  Cut out 14 triangles out of the interfacing.

5.  Apply the interfacing to one side of the tirangle, following the directions that are with the interfacing.

6.  Plan your layout for front and back matching the corresponding triangles.

7.  With wrong sides together, sew front and back triangles together using a 3/8" seam on the two side.

8.  Trim seams to 1/8" from the stitch line.  I used a pinking blade on my rotary cutter to give it a special look.

9.  Trim top edges so that all the triangles are the same length.

10.  Cut out "Happy Birthday".  I used my Cricut to cut out the letters.  First Apply heat n bond to the back of the fabric you are using.  Take off the paper and position the fabric on the cutting mat.  use your favorite letter cartridge to spell out your message.  Made sure your SPEED is set to slow and PRESSURE to high.

 11.  After the letters are cut out position them on one side of the triangle making sure to leave enough space at the top for the bias tape to be sewn across the top.  Iron on the letters according to heat n bond directions.

12.  To save myself from utter confusion, I sewed the bias tape on before positioning the letters on the opposite side.  Leave a enough of a tail of the bias tape to hang up the banner on both ends.  Sandwich one triangle between the bias tape, matching the corners of the triangles as you sew.  One side is done.

13.  Turn the sewn banner over and iron on the second saying, if desired.
14.  Have fun with your banner!

 I made mine into one long banner, but it could easily be turned into two.  Sayings could be changes.  The creative possibilities are endless!  

Thanks for reading!  

Father's Day Card

Yesterday morning's shopping trip was supposed to involve getting Father's day cards for the dads of our family, but with two kids literally trying to jump out of the cart and other people searching for the card for their daddy, it was impossible to pick one out of the line-up.  So I decided to make one.  I saw this tutorial for bows made out of scraps here at Living with Punks that featured  See Kate Sew, and  it got my brain moving to make these cute little cards.  Just some fabric scraps, a few buttons and a piece of card stock.....and TA DA...a cute hand-made Father's day card!!!!

Follow the tutorial for the cute little scrap bows
Mine are 2-1/4" x 4" and I didn't round the corners.

Add some cute buttons and place the bow where you want it.

Enjoy and Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful and amazing Dads out there!