There are many ways to finish an embroidery project, but the wall banner will always be my favorite. While I appreciate the simplicity of using the hoop as a frame, I like to have options. It's surprisingly simple to turn any embroidery into a wall banner, and this project is very easy to customize any way you see fit. Take note, this DIY guide is for the actual finishing part only. The embroidery part is completely up to you!
The finished size is also completely up to you. (My piece shown is 8"x7" without the string.)
- Finished embroidery
- Thread that matches your main fabric
- Wooden dowel (width of your finished piece + 1")
- Twine or string
- Medium-weight fusible interfacing (.25" smaller than your finished piece on each side)
1. Iron your finished embroidery.
Note: I used 2 layers of fabric when embroidering this project. My main fabric was a very lightweight muslin, and I wanted the finished piece to be a bit sturdier.
2. With a piece of scrap paper, create a template of your desired finished size. My finished size for this piece is 8"x7".
3. Position the template evenly over your design and trace on the back side of the embroidery. Since the lines will be covered up later, you can use any lightweight marking tool you have on hand. I’m using my favorite DMC U1539 Embroidery Blue Transfer Pen
4. Trim down each edge. Cut out around your template leaving approximely 1" of extra fabric all around.
5. Fold the 2 sides over on the traced line. Press with an iron and pin in place on each side.
6. Sew a seam down each side, 3/8" from the outer edges.
7. Fold, press, and pin the top and bottom edges.
8. Sew a seam across the bottom edge, 3/8" from the outer edge.
9. Sew the top edge with a seam 3/4" from the outer edge. This larger seam will create a casing for the dowel.
10. Trim the paper template down 1” around each edge.
11. Trace the template onto your interfacing and cut out.
12. Iron on the interfacing, following the directions from your manufacturer.
Note: Never use steam when ironing on interfacing.
13. Insert the dowel in the top casing.
14. Attach your piece of twine to each side with a knot.
Optional: add a drop of clear fabric glue to both knots to secure more permanently.
And you're done! Hang up, stand back, admire. Then start on the next!