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When it comes to Christmas prints, my favourite are buffalo check and plaid – both of which I like to have on hand at home. So when I had to idea to make a quick and easy decorative banner for the holidays, it only took seconds to decide which fabric to use! I hope you like my Buffalo Check Christmas Banner!
I just so happened that I had everything I needed for this project on hand already. Don’t you love when that happens!
Buffalo check fabric (whatever size you wish your banner to be)
2 x 1/2″ wooden dowels (about 13″ each)
Heat’n Bond Ultra
Ribbon (I used black velvet)
I started by deciding how much fabric to use, honestly, I didn’t even measure it. I based it on the number of squares I wanted. I made my banner 11 squares by 11 squares. On the vertical side I added two extra squares on each end that could be sewn behind.
[The total was 11 squares horizontally by 15 squares vertically]
Next, fold the top two squares and the bottom two squares over and pin them. I used my sewing machine to sew along a straight line on the top and bottom, one square away from the fold, leaving a loop for the wooden dowels to slide through.
Next, I used an iron to attach my Heat’n Bond Ultra to a white sheet of felt and to a grey sheet of felt. Then I used my Cricut Explore to cut the words “Merry and Bright” out on the white felt. There is a “felt with backing” setting in the custom settings options, that you can use to cut the felt. I recommend cutting the fabric twice on the cricut simply by hitting the “Go” button again after the first cut is done.
Next, I removed the paper backing off the back of the white cut out felt, and ironed the white felt onto the grey felt. Then, using my scissors, I cut the grey felt, creating a small border of gray around the white
Finally, I removed the paper backing from the gray felt and ironed the tray fabric onto my buffalo check banner, as per the Heat ‘n Bold instructions.
The final step is to a pop one dowel into the top and one into the bottom of the banner, and then to tie your ribbon to each side of the top dowel with a simple knot.
I loved the end result! This banner is now proudly hanging in my home as part of my Christmas decor.
If you’re looking for a GREAT gift for the crafter in your life, the Cricut Explore is my number one choice! And you can get FREE shipping all December long with the code FREESHIPDEC at Cricut.com.
If you like Christmas sewing projects, be sure to check out my DIY Burlap Ornaments.