No-Sew Finished Banner option (updated!)

Here is a tutorial on how to have your fabric banner ready-to-hang in 30 minutes (1 hour with the glue drying), without a sewing machine and for under $5. Great for a YW activity with the small personal banners. This is the method I used for my own theme shown here:


Supplies for large banner (supplies are a little smaller for the small banners):

  • 2 wooden dowels (8mm or 1/4 inch), about 16-18 inches in length (3 wooden dowels if you are adding the mutual theme)
  • fabric glue
  • iron
  • 2-3 feet of ribbon
  • black paint (or a black permanent marker is what I used)

Step 1: Trim the fabric

Leave 1 cm of white around the edges of the design.

Step 2: Pull out your iron and glue edges

Fold over the left and right sides about 1/4″ and iron it from the back. This crease is what will hold the fabric in place to “hem” the edges with glue. Then using fabric glue, glue the ironed edge and press with your fingers. Make sure you have something like a clean sheet of paper underneath, as excess glue may seep through. This prevents any raveling of the fabric and gives you a nice clean edge without a stitch! (And  yes, that is me ironing in my kitchen, we have a tiny flat!)


Step 3: Prepare and glue the dowels to the fabric.

  1. Center the fabric over the dowels and mark fabric edges onto the dowel with a pencil.
  2. Paint (or draw with a marker) the edges of the dowels black, just over the pencil mark and wait to dry.
  3. Put a line of glue on the fabric and roll the dowel around in it.
  4. Wrap fabric around dowel and let glue set.


Step 3: Add ribbon and hang.

  1. Measure ribbon and decide how big you would like your bow, then cut in half, making sure you have enough to still tie the bow.
  2. Glue the ribbon to the edges of the dowel.
  3. Tie both pieces of ribbon together at the top and hang, putting a stitch or glue in the center of the bow to keep it from untying when hung.


For the Mutual Theme

I ironed a fold around the bottom, left and right edge and glued the crease to make a neat straight edge. Then I added a dowel to the top of it (I painted mine with a magic marker as an experiment and it turned out great) and glued the fabric to the dowel. I also added 2 overlapped sheets of paper on the back to give the fabric a little support, I just tucked it under the dowel when I glued it.

After that I took a few inches of leftover ribbon and made them into a loop and glued it (or I used double-sided tape). I then used these ribbon loops on each side of the dowel to hang it from the bottom dowel of the YW theme. The girls love it, and it makes it so easy to pull off the wall when we share opening exercises with Relief Society once a month!


~ by Know Your Lemons on February 25, 2009.

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