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Autumn Acorn Banner – Free Printable Template

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Create a warm and cozy DIY Acorn Banner from wool scraps! Check out the tutorial and grab the free template to create your own. This banner is perfect for using up your fabric scraps and it can stay up all season through Thanksgiving!

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Good morning! Today I am excited to share with you this sweet little acorn banner! I have a collection of wool fabric swatches and scraps I have been holding on to and I love that I finally found a way to use some of them. As a costume designer, I do a lot of swatching and I end up with tons of fabric samples. I have a hard time parting with them (because you never know when you’ll need fabric scraps) so I’ve ended up with bins of fabric swatches! I also have the tendency to save any leftover scraps from projects – so basically, I am a fabric hoarder :) This week my wool swatches were finally put to good use – as acorns in the perfect autumn acorn banner!

Just looking at all of these wool fabrics together instantly reminded me of autumn. The colors are perfect and I love all of the texture! Each acorn in the banner is backed with fleece, giving them a nice weight. I used brass grommets and leather cording to string them all together. This acorn banner is simple to make and great for using up any scraps you have. I love the wool fabric I used, but this could look great in a variety of fabrics or colors. Hanging the banner on my mantle was the perfect addition to our autumn decor. I think it will also work well for Thanksgiving! You can download the free printable pattern and create your own Autumn Acorn Banner!

DIY Autumn Acorn Banner

Supplies Needed

  • Template: Link at the end of this post.
  • Wool fabric scraps in varying colors and pattern.
    • Some ideas include: tweed, plaid, glen check, houndstooth, stripe, gingham, tartan and herringbone.
  • Tan backing fabric – fleece or felt
  • Embroidery floss in coordinating colors – I used DMC Embroidery Floss
  • Brass grommets
  • String for banner – I used a brown leather cord
  • Sewing notions: scissors, ruler, Sharpie, pins, needle

Assembly Instructions

Step One: Cut out the pieces using the free template.

Use the free printable pattern to cut out the acorn pieces. Each acorn will have a top, bottom and a backing piece. I cut the top and bottom acorn pieces from my wool scraps and cut the backing piece from tan fleece – felt would also work well.

Step Two: Stitch the acorns together.

Sew the acorns pieces together. Start by arranging the top and bottom acorn pieces on top of each acorn backing piece. This was fun deciding which patterns should go together! Once you have the acorns decided, you can start hand sewing. Start with the bottom of the acorn using a small running stitch. I used two strands of embroidery floss and tried to choose floss with a contrasting color so it would be visible. Stitch on the top of the acorn in the same way, using a different color embroidery floss.

Step Three: Add the grommets.

The next step is adding the grommets. I thought the grommets would look fun with the wool fabric and leather cording. That being said, I did not have the proper tools to insert the grommets, so I winged it and used a Dritz Snap Pliers. I’m happy with how they turned out but if you may find you need to use a little fabric glue to keep your grommets from falling out. Unless you have the correct tools and you won’t have any problems! You really could string these acorns up any way you’d like, including using twine or yarn, and skip the grommets all together.

I put a grommet in the first acorn and then used that acorn as a guide for the rest of the banner. By placing my guide acorn over the other acorns, I was able to mark through the grommet with a Sharpie where the next grommet should go. This way all of my acorns looked the same! 

Step Four: String the acorn banner.

The only thing left to do is string the acorns together. I used leather cording I found at Joann Fabrics and tied a knot behind each acorn to keep them nicely spaced. Since the acorns just have one hole, they will move around on the cording. This isn’t a big deal if your banner will be hanging against the wall, but since I wanted to hang this banner on my mantle, I decided to tack down the cording in a couple spots on the back of each acorn.

I hand stitched the cord to the back of each acorn and added one small tack on the front. You could of course put two grommets in each acorn, which would solve this problem. I loved the look of just one grommet so I didn’t mind hand stitching the cord in a couple places.

The acorn banner is finished! I love the way it turned out and it makes me feel cozy whenever I look at the warm wools I used.

Crafting for autumn and the holidays is so much fun! If you’d like more DIY craft ideas for autumn, visit my Autumn crafts page

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13 Comments

  1. These are so cute!! What grommet tool did you use, and where did you get it? I’ve purchased two, and neither one worked.

    1. oh bummer! I used brass grommets but actually used a snap pliers I already owned. It worked well enough and they have held up since I made the banner without any problems. I used the Dritz Snap Pliers. I have seen some grommets come with the tools you need to set them. This article has some good suggestions and a how-to with the proper tools! Hope this helps!! :) http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/how-install-metal-grommets-sewing-projects

    1. Thank you! I do too! I never want to throw scraps away so I am glad I was able to use some of them on this project :)

  2. OMG, I LOVE X’s 3 this banner!! You just blew my mind!! AND gave me a craft for my banister!!! Thanks, I am NOW signed up for your newsletter so I don’t miss ANY MORE!! PS:, I saw this pic on my instagram feed as I DO follow you there!!

    1. Thank you so much!! I really had fun making this one, I hope you enjoy making it too!! And thank you for signing up for my newsletter and following me on Instagram – that is so awesome! :)

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