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"Here Comes the Bride" Banner How-To

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2011

A head-turning pennant guarantees that all eyes are on you as you make your entrance.

Tools and supplies:

  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Scissors
  • 13 1/2-by-25-inch woven fabric or linen from graylinelinen.com
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Straight pin or safety pin
  • Chalk fabric pencil
  • 19-inch-long wooden dowel (1/4-inch diameter)
  • White glue
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies (optional; if you want a banner with a finished edge as shown in our photo)

Basic How-To:

Download and open the PDF. Print onto regular paper to use as a placement guide. Overlap the papers to align the design, and tape together.

Next, print onto the iron-on transfer paper. Cut out each word or symbol, cutting very close to the letters and leaving as little of the background as possible. Then, using the placement guide as a reference, arrange the words on the fabric and follow the package instructions to iron on the design.

To create the notch at the bottom of the fabric, fold the banner in half, right sides facing. Measure up from the bottom along the center fold by 3 1/2 inches, and place a pin in the fold. Use the chalk fabric pencil to draw a line from the bottom corner to the pin in the center fold. Then, pressing the layers firmly together, cut smoothly along the line. Unfold.

Glue it: Attach the banner to the dowel by spreading a thin layer of white glue around the dowel, and wrapping the top edge of the banner around it. Let dry.

Sew it: If you want a banner with a finished edge, cut two pieces of the linen fabric to be 15 by 26 inches. Lay them with right sides facing, and sew up the long sides using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

Mark the top of the notch by folding the banner in half and measuring up along the fold by 4 inches. Unfold, and draw a line from the bottom left seam allowance to the center mark; repeat on the right side of the banner. Stitch along that line. Cut away excess fabric, leaving 1/2 inch seam allowance. Clip vertically through the seam allowance at the top of the notch, being careful not to cut all the way to the stitching. Cut across the seam allowance at the bottom corners to remove the points.

Turn the banner inside out, and press edges to be crisp. Fold over the top of the banner by 2 inches, and stitch 1 1/2 inches from the folded edge to create a channel for the dowel. Iron on the wording after the banner has been sewn.