I am guilty of hoarding musical instruments. I can’t help it. Whenever they show up at thrift stores or garage sales I just have to pick them up. This may have something to do with my secret fantasy of starting a family band and traveling the country, but the immediate benefit is that my son has many drum choices when he needs something to bang upon. Recently, I started thinking that we had outgrown our basket of musical instruments and were ready for a full-blown music nook. And what nook would be complete without a banner?
This musical banner uses rick rack as the lines of the musical staff with black felt bars and notes to illustrate two measures of music. Stitch Witchery holds it all together, making this a quick no-sew project for a rainy afternoon.
Approximately ¼ yard black felt
1 ¼ yards jumbo rick rack in each of the following colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue
Two scrap pieces of rick rack or ribbon in any color and width, approximately 3 inches in length
1 package Stitch Witchery (you will not use all of it)
Begin by cutting out all of the pieces.
From the black felt cut the following:
4 rectangles, 2 ½” x 7” (these will be the end bar pieces)
2 rectangles, 1 ¼” x 7” (this will be the middle bars)
A variety of notes measuring around 4 ½” tall; you will need a front and a back (2 pieces) for each note
Feel free to be as imaginative as you’d like with the musical notes. You could represent an actual piece of music here or you could be whimsical and let your visual aesthetic guide your note placement. Either will bring beautiful results!
From the Stitch Witchery cut the following:
2 rectangles, slightly smaller than 2 ½” x 7”
1 rectangle, slightly smaller than 1 ¼” x 7”
1 piece for each note, slightly smaller than the dimensions of that note
Next, lay out the banner. You can do this on an ironing board, but I found it easiest to cover my dining room table with several towels and spread everything out there. First, put down the backs: the two larger end bar pieces, the middle bar, and all the notes. Then, put down the corresponding pieces of Stitch Witchery. Next, string out the rick rack. Rather than laying them out straight, you will want to mimic the arc that will be created when your banner is hung. This will help avoid bunching and will allow the banner to lay flat against the wall. Now, place the top rectangles and the top pieces of all the notes. Finally, fold the two scrap pieces of rick rack in half and tuck them in the top corner of the rectangles on either side, between the top and bottom layers. These loops will form the hangers.
Follow the instructions on the package of Stitch Witchery for fusing the fabric together. Set your steam iron to the “wool” setting. Cover one fabric sandwich at a time with a wet pressing cloth. Press the iron down on top, without moving it, for ten seconds. Repeat for all the other fabric pieces.
Once everything is fused, flip the whole banner over and repeat step three.
At this point, you can stop and you have a lovely no-sew banner to hang above your music nook. Or, if you like, you can topstitch each fabric piece for added stability and a touch of visual interest. The choice is up to you!
Courtney Cable is a Midwestern mama of one who strives to find the creative beauty in each day. She blogs about keeping a simple, mindful and sustainable home at A Life Sustained.