I've been on a bit of a felt kick lately, just browse through my most recent posts. Since felt is easy to work with and doesn't always require using a sewing machine, I decided to use it to make an autumn banner.
I began with some fall colors. I purchased my felt squares at Joann's for 30¢ each. I also made a tracer out of some scrapbook paper I had on hand. Using a permanent marker, I traced the pattern on each felt color and cut the squares out.
I used a piece of equipment at work to cut out the letters. Although they are expensive, I'd like to one day purchase a Silhouette which could cut out letters and so much more.
To add detail to each square, I embroidered the edges with string (used for needlepoint) that matched the felt squares. I used hot glue to attach the letters.
Next, I used a sharp pair of scissors to cut a small hole in the upper left and right hand corners of each square. I wove jute in and out of the holes so that I could hang the banner on my mantel.
6 pieces of felt = $1.80
6 bundles of string = $2.00
Letters = free
Jute = free
Total Cost = About $4.00