Create a sweet fabric apple banner using fabric scraps and felt! The perfect fall decoration and a cute DIY craft project for Autumn.
Hello Crafty Friends! It’s apple picking season and I am so ready for it! I love picking apples at our local orchard and look forward to it every autumn. To celebrate, I decided to make an apple banner using fabric scraps from my stash and I love how it turned out!
My favorite apples come in many colors so for this banner I made my apples in red, green and gold colors. Some of the apple pennants are whole apples perfect for fun printed fabric. The other apple pennants show a sliced apple where I used a tan gingham print for the apple flesh and added three cute seeds.
I love creating scrappy banners! They are the perfect way to use up fabric scraps. They are simple, easy to store, and fun to make! My Acorn Banner and Burlap Pumpkin Banner are also perfect for the fall season.
These cute apple pennants can also be turned into ornaments for a fall-themed tree or they can be used to decorate around the house.
How to Make a Scrappy Fabric Apple Banner
- Fabric Scraps
- Red, green, and gold for apples
- Dark green for leaf
- Light tan for apple flesh
- Brown for stem and apple seeds
- Stiffened felt – Choose coordinating colors or a light tan. I used Kunin brand felt in Cashmere Tan
- Embroidery floss – in coordinating or contrasting colors
- Fusible Web Interfacing – Thermoweb HeatnBond Lite Sewable or Pellon Wonder Under. If you do not want to hand-stitch the pennants, use Thermoweb HeatnBond Ultra Hold.
- Twine – for bows and hanging
- Mini clothespins – for hanging
- Sewing tools – scissors, embroidery scissors, pencil, needle, iron
- Embroidery Needles
- Clear tacky glue – for adding twine bow. You could also stitch the bow on instead.
- Template – pattern is available in my shop along with an ad-free picture tutorial! Thank you for supporting my small business :)
The template to create this banner is available in my shop. It comes with an ad-free step-by-step picture tutorial with extra pictures and a stitching guide. The PDF is an instant digital download and is formatted to be used with fusible interfacing.
Shop Apple Banner Pattern! Thank you for supporting my small business :)
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Cut the felt pennants.
Download and print the template. Cut out the “Apple Base” from the pattern and use it to cut apple pennants from felt. You can turn the template upside down and trace it on the wrong side of the felt so the pencil lines will be on the back of the pennant.
Step Two: Cut the interfacing.
The rest of the pattern pieces on the template have been reversed. To use them, lay a sheet of fusible web interfacing over the template (paper side up) and trace the shapes onto the interfacing. Bubble cut the shapes, leaving about ¼” around each. I cut enough to make nine apple pennants.
Be careful to use the right fusible web interfacing. If you plan to embroider the apples, use a lightweight interfacing that can be stitched.
Step Three: Use the interfacing shapes to cut the fabric.
Next, iron each interfacing shape on to the wrong side of a fabric scrap. Once cooled, cut out the fabric directly along the line. I made 3 red apples, 3 green apples and 3 gold apples and made 5 whole apples and 4 apples that had been cut.
Step Four: Iron the pennant layers together.
Peel the interfacing paper off the shapes to iron them. Start by ironing a stem to each felt apple followed by the large apple shape and the leaf on top. For the cut apples, add a light tan flesh piece and three seeds.
Don’t worry if the fabric shapes do not fit the felt apples perfectly. Since everything is traced and cut by hand, they will not be perfect. After you have ironed everything on, use a small sharp scissors to cut away and felt that is peeking out.
Step Five: Embroidery the pennants and embellish them.
If you are choosing to embroider the pennants, use coordinating or contrasting embroidery floss and a small running stitch to stitch around each whole apple. Use light tan floss to stitch around the apple flesh of each cut apple. Add embroidery detail to the stems and leaves.
Add cute twine bows to the whole apples. You can stitch these on or use a tiny bit of fabric glue.
Step Six: String the banner together using clothespins.
Use twine and mini clothespins to hang the apple pennants. I love using mini clothespins because you can easily slide the pennants along the twine and take them off to rearrange them.
I hope you enjoyed this fun fabric banner! The pattern and an ad-free PDF packet picture tutorial is available in my shop! Thank you for supporting my small business!