Monday, May 16, 2011

Burlap & Canvas Monogrammed Banner

I really love the look of burlap and canvas and I love the look of "anything" monogrammed, therefore, I came up with this idea to combine all the burlap and canvas monogrammed banner.  It was very easy to sew and only took a short time to complete.  I also had all the supplies on hand, so there was no expense. 

Here's what you'll need:
Craft paint
Heavy jute

The first thing you need to do is make your banner pattern.  I made mine by drawing a pattern onto craft paper and then cutting it out.  It measures approximately 14" wide by 15 3/4"" long (from the top to the tip) and the sides are approximately 11 3/4" long.

Pin the pattern to the canvas (doubled) and cut out. 

Now you'll need to make the burlap cording...using a piece of jute, roughly measure around all the sides of the banner, just not the top edge, and add about an inch or so for safe measure.  Cut a piece of burlap approximately 2" wide and the same length as your jute, wrap the burlap around the jute and sew in place.  Now you have burlap cording.

Pin the cording in between the two pieces of canvas and sew in place.  Turn the banner right-side out and press with an iron. 

My "leafy wreath" pattern was a stencil I made from an image on the computer.  I just printed the image and then covered the entire piece with clear packing tape.  Then I used an exacto knife to cut the stencil.  I used the same technique to make the letter "M".  Just a note...I like to cover the image with tape because it helps protect the paper from the moisture from the paint...I can then use the stencil more than one time.  Position the wreath on the front of the canvas and apply your paint.  I used "Celery Green" and then added some shading using "Light Avocado Green" by DecoArt.  Once dry, stencil your letter in the center...I used "Burnt Umber".

Cut a piece of burlap 6" wide by 16" wide for the top of the banner.  The extra width allows for a finished hem at each end.  This piece will finish the top of the banner and have a pocket to allow the dowel to go through for hanging.  I used a piece of 1/2" dowel approximately 21 1/2" long and painted it Celery Green.

I wanted a tassle for the tip of the banner so I made one out of jute.  And, I made the "bead" for the tassle using dowel.  I just cut the dowel about 1/2" in length and drilled a hole in the center.  Gave it a quick sanding and painted it Celery Green.  I attached the tassle to the banner by sewing it in place. 

After inserting the dowel into the top pocket, I wrapped each end of the dowel with jute and made a hanger. 

I thought this would look good on the front door or hanging in an entryway.  Also, I think if would make a great gift as it can be personalized. 

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look...I hope you like it.  Have a great week!



  1. aaaah! I. Love. This. I will be sure to link to you when I rip this off in a few weeks! you are so creative with the burlap!

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  3. This is just an amazing project! So creative and what a great tutorial. I'm going to Stumble it.

    Glad to have found your blog :-)

  4. Burlap + canvas = perfection!! Thanks for linking @'Sew Cute Tuesday'!

  5. This is so pretty!! Love the way it came out!! I am visiting from Reasons to Skip the Housework and I am a new follower!!
    Have a great day!

  6. That turned out beautifully. You are very creative, very patient (cutting out the stencil), and very good at giving a clear tutorial. Thanks for sharing at Blue Cricket's linky party!

    Mary @ Redo 101

  7. Lesa, Love this project. I adore monograms to begin with and this is so lovely! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Enjoy the rest of your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  8. I love this! I've seen something really similar in stores and they charge a ridiculous price for them! Great job and much cheaper!

  9. Great banner and great tip on making the stencil!

  10. This turned out so cute! Love it!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

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