Hi all! As you can probably tell, banners and bibs are my go-to projects. There are just so many different variations you can do and they are quick and easy. What’s not to like? Today I’m sharing a quick tutorial on this fun scalloped banner I made for my daughter’s third birthday pictures. I made it out of fabrics from a few different lines from my favorite designers, Bonnie and Camille. I also made a dress to match using the bodice from CKC’s Gwen dress and switching to a basic skirt.
- Extra-wide Double Fold Bias Tape
- Fabrics (you can use one fabric, repeat the same couple of fabrics, or do all different fabrics like I did)
- Sewing supplies (scissors, sewing machine, thread, etc…)
- Scallop pattern (use this one, or use your own shape if you prefer that)
Print out the pattern and cut out. Iron your fabric(s). Trace the pattern onto the wrong side of your fabric, 2 per scallop. Determine how long you’d like your banner to decide how many scallops you will need.
Cut them out. Pin the scallops with right sides together along the curved edge. We will be leaving the straight side open.
Sew using 1/8″ seam allowance. Now, I get that some might think that’s just not enough seam allowance. Here is why I use 1/8″: the entire edge you are sewing is at an angle. If you sew with a larger seam allowance there will be some puckering when you turn or you’ll have to cut notches along the whole sew line anyway. Repeat with all the scallops.
Turn each right side out and press. Use a turning tool to help get crisp edges.
Take your bias tape out of the package and iron out the creases. On the bias tape there is one side that is a little longer than the other. That is the back. Fold your bias in half and mark the center point along the length, as you see here below.
Line your scallops in the order you’d like them to be on your finished banner. Determine which scallop is in the middle and start pinning them between the double fold bias starting from the center point and working your way out. You can overlap them by 1/4″ or so or spread them out leaving a gap between each scallop, whatever you prefer.
Take over to your machine and top-stitch along the opened edge of the bias from one end to the other, enveloping the scallop’s top edge in between the bias tape as you go. Remember to back-stitch at the beginning and end.
I knew my machine needed a cleaning but I didn’t realize it needed one that bad. Gross. I usually don’t look at my machine from that lower angle. I hate taking it in and not getting it back for weeks. And right before the Christmas, too. Blech. Anyway, that’s it. Super simple and fast.
They are addictive to make…especially when you start pulling cute holiday fabrics.