Got something to say? Freehand some polyester knit letters like I did on these parade banners for my favorite reuse center, Durham’s Scrap Exchange.
Poly knit is great for this kind of project because:
It’s cheap, plentiful, colorful, and most importantly–it doesn’t ravel. Old-style knits also have a lot of body which means shapes and letters are easy to cut out, sew or glue.
I sketched my letters directly on the fabric with school chalk and then cut them out.
You could use fabric glue, but since I sew (a lot) I used a simple zig-zag stitch to anchor tetters to the banner background.
I did use temporary fabric adhesive to hold them in place while I stitched. (Look for this product in quilting department of fabric and craft stores.)
Each banner only took me only a couple of hours–but I was working alone. They would be fun group projects, and great for pep rallys, classrooms, festivals, and plays.
Look for poly double-knit in any thrift store that sells fabrics or at a creative reuse center like the Scrap Exchange. You can even go into their new design center and use their cutting table and sewing machines. There’s plenty of room for a group.
PS. These letter are sewn on a recycled banner background made of nylon flag fabric, but if you’re hanging your banner flat and indoors, almost any background fabric will do. Have fun with it–