Supplies & tools:
Cotton fabric & thread
Sew in interfacing
Paper (I used just printing paper, but water soluble water would have been better)
Cord (I used clothesline rope)
1 - I drew out a pattern on the paper, remember it's supposed to look like a cut-out so you need to think of shapes that wouldn't fall out if cut out. Also, they tend to be symmetrical as if they were cut out of folds.
2 - I then sandwiched four layers: the bottom/back layer, the interfacing, the "hole" layer, then the top fabric layer and finally the pattern.
3 - I cut around the paper, leaving a flap from the top fabric layer, that would fold over to create the tube to run the cord through.
|I folder this over to the back before I stitched all the way around.|
4 - I then sewed around the whole paper about 1/4 of an inch inside.
|Sewing along the paper, with the top fabric layer folded under to create the tube.|
5 - Next I sewed on the pattern, following my lines as best I could. I sometimes needed to use free stitching, by dropping the feed dogs and removing the sewing foot. This takes some practice, but I have done it enough when quilting, though I am not a pro.
6 - Remove as much of the paper as possible by soaking it in the sink.
7 - I then washed it in the washing machine to try to remove all the paper. Not all of the paper came off, it's especially noticable on the darker fabric. Water-soluble paper would work better.
8 - Then I carefully cut out the top layer (the yellow in this case), inside all the sewing shapes.
Here is the finished banner: