Create a cute DIY baby shower banner using fabric scraps and felt. Learn how to make a baby shower banner plus download a free template.
Hello! Today I have a sweet craft to share with you – a baby banner! This banner is made using stiff white felt and scraps of cotton fabric. Not only is this a great way to use up your fabric scraps but this banner makes such a cute decoration for a baby shower!
Each baby bodysuit is created with a layer of felt and scrap fabric. The layers are stitched together using embroidery floss and a simple running stitch. I used yarn and glue to add a cute bow to the front of each one. After the bodysuits were all made, I attached them to a string of yarn using mini clothespins!
Creating banners out of real baby bodysuits is really popular and would pair well with this handmade banner of mini ones. It would also be a cute decoration for a craft area at a shower where friends and family can decorate a bodysuit for the expected little one.
Choosing Fabric. I created this banner using fabric scraps from my stash. Cotton prints and flannels were perfect. I kept my banner gender neutral but you could easily make this in any color scheme. If the shower has a theme you can pick coordinating prints that fit the theme. Throwing a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star shower? Choose prints with stars, moons and clouds and mix with matching solid colors. Is the shower safari themed? Search for prints with cute safari animals and mix with animal prints. The possibilities are endless making this banner easy to customize.
Try using paper instead of fabric! If you like the look of this banner, but want to skip the hand sewing, you can use the template to create the banner out of paper. Choose scrapbook paper with cute baby-themed prints. You can still add cute yarn bows to the front and hang them with mini clothespins.
How to Make a Cute Banner for a Baby Shower
- Stiff white felt
- Fabric scraps about -“5.5 x 6” for each bodysuit
- Embroidery floss in coordinating or contrasting colors
- Fabric glue
- Mini clothespins
- Free bodysuit template located in my Resource Library. You’ll find it under Sewing Patterns, Fabric Banners.
Step One: Download, print and cut out the bodysuit banner template from my Resource Library. Use the banner to cut out bodysuits from the stiff white felt.
Step Two: Use each felt bodysuit to cut a layer of fabric from your scraps. Choose scraps of fabric from cotton or flannel with baby or kid themed prints or pick out fabrics that coordinate with your theme.
Step Three: Hand stitch the layer of felt and fabric together. I used a simple and small running stitch around the edges, sometimes with a contrasting embroidery floss and other times with a coordinating floss. If hand sewing is not your thing, skip this step and use fabric glue.
Step Four: Finish each bodysuit with a cute yarn bow at the top using a dot of fabric glue.
Step Five: Hang the little fabric bodysuits on yarn using mini clothespins to create a banner. I love using mini clothespins when making banners. They make it easy to rearrange things and also easy to disassemble when you are done displaying the banner. You do have to be careful with the mini clothespins. I find they tend to come apart if I open them too wide and once they fall apart they can be tricky to get back together.
The banner is finished! I love how easily it can be customized to fit any theme your baby shower may have by choosing different fabrics or papers.
Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library! Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!
Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library under Sewing, Banners. Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!
I love creating banners from fabric scraps for different holidays and occasions. If you enjoy a simple hand sewing project that is also a great scrap-buster, check out my other banner projects!