I was desperate to make it extra special when my daughter came home from her travels, and decided to make a large banner that I could wave at the airport when Mr F and me went to the airport to meet her! First of all I found a font that I liked on the computer, and printed a selection of letters onto sheets of A4 paper. I traced the letters in reverse onto Steam-a-seam 2 Lite, which was then fused onto the back of the batik fabric, and cut out exactly on the drawn lines. The backing paper was carefully removed and the letters were laid into place on the background fabric. Weave line fusible interfacing has already been ironed onto the reverse of the background fabric as stabiliser. (Tear away stabiliser could be used instead). A wide cutting ruler was used to make sure the lettering was straight. Once the letters were fused into place using a warm iron and a Teflon non-stick sheet, they were then raw edge appliqued onto the background fabric using Aurifil 50wt threads in matching colours...
...the front of the banner was fused to some Pellon, a fine felted polyester wadding, and backed with a super bright batik fabric. Finally I stitched through all the layers close to the letters using white Aurifil 40wt thread. A batik fabric single fold binding was used to neaten all the edges. On the back of the banner, 2 channels were hand stitched into place on the 2 short sides, (similar to a quilt sleeve, closed at one end). Some dowelling was inserted into the channels so i could hold the banner, and give it a bit of a wiggle!...
...and here it is - welcome home Alice! As you know we only just made it to the airport in time, and luckily got to the arrivals hall with about 2 minutes to spare! When she came through the doors, the first thing she saw was her very proud mum and dad with this banner! I have missed my girlie so much while she was away. She is full of tales about her travels and her amazing adventures in New Zealand and Australia. I'm looking forward to life at home with her again as it's been far too quiet while she's been away, although she'll soon be job hunting and saving all her pennies ready for another epic adventure.
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