When I was working on samples for AFCI Creativation (formerly CHA) I kept thinking about how cute it would be to make a garland of mini banners using my Shortie and Frayed Tabs die. I could just picture it draped all around my displays. But time always has a way to interfere with really fun ideas. So instead, I made a mini banner garland and ended up loving it more than the original idea!
My compromise was to make a mini banner that featured my display’s theme word “Happy”. I hung the banner from two long vintage hat pins. The pins were supported by two vintage thread spools
I had a recurring theme of gingham in my display and samples. I added a strip of black and white gingham around each spool to dress them up a bit and to tie in the theme. I added a white milk glass vintage button to each.
At the top of each spool I added little bits of vintage millinery. I used soft colors to add a softness against the black thread.
I die cut two tabs from the Tabs Set Two and five tabs from the Shortie Tabs die sets from wool felt. I folded all in half and machine stitched a straight line on each about 1/8″ below the fold. I fed them all onto a long piece of waxed book binding thread. (You could use embroidery floss or baker’s twine also.)
I embellished one of the two larger tabs with a die cut posies and leaf from the Posies Parts stamp and die set. I added a vintage button to the flower center. I embellished the second large tab with a die cut heart that I cut from a scrap of vintage quilt. I added a vintage button to the center of the heart also.
I added simple embroidery letters to the five small banners, spelling out “Happy”.
Isn’t it just so cute and well… happy? Wouldn’t something like this be so cute for holiday tablescapes and baby or bridal showers? It was so quick to assemble and so easy! I love that it allowed me to use some of my little bits of vintage millinery flowers in a way that I can display and enjoy them daily. If you don’t have vintage flowers to use, check the floral department of your local craft store. They always have tons of small flower picks that are perfect for holidays!