Teaching My Grandson to Sew Name Banners

Mar 3, 2022 7:00:00 AM / by Katy Sweigart

It's Katy here from KatyQuilts with a sewing project that is adaptable for all ages!

 

Easy DIY Name Banner

I've always loved making things with my kids, and now I have the joy of creating with my grandsons! My grandson, Ezra, and I had a sewing day recently. I made a name banner for his little brother, Ean, and he made one for himself!

Let's take a look at the process and how easy it was! 

 

 

Materials Needed

To make a name banner, you'll need a few items to get started before you sew. Here's what you'll need for each banner:

  1. Two fat-quarters of coordinating fabric
  2. Fabric scraps for letters
  3. Fusible web
  4. Double-fold bias tape
  5. AccuQuilt GO! Dies: GO! Pennants Die, GO! Carefree Alphabet Uppercase Die, and the GO! Carefree Alphabet Lowercase Die

 

 

How to Make the Banner

The first step is to fuse the fat-quarters wrong sides together. My grandson is six so I did this ahead of time. Older kids would easily be able to do this part!

 

fused fat quarter fabric

 

Next, I precut the fused fabric into rectangles at least 5 & 1/2" by 8".

 

Fused, cut fat quarter fabric

 

Then, I added fusible to the back of the letter fabric. I precut pieces to 3 & 1/2” squares, before using the GO! Carefree Alphabet Dies to cut the letters needed for the child’s name.

 

GO! Carefree Alphabet Dies shapes

 

It's time to cut the GO! Pennants Die shapes! Ezra loves using the GO! Me Fabric Cutter! Here he is cutting and fusing the letters on the pennants.

 

Ezra cutting fabric and fusing fabric

 

Now, insert the pennants into the bias tape and pin them into place. You could use the GO! 2" Strip Die to make your own bias tape as well.

Then, it's time to sew! I have my grandsons sit on my lap while I control the foot pedal. I also use a metal seam guide.

 

sewing machine and metal seam guide

 

Start stitching at one end of the bias tape all the way to the other end, catching the pennants where they are pinned in place.

 

Katy and Ezra using sewing machine

 

Last but not least, it's time to show off your work!

 

Ezra posing with sewn name banner project

 

 

AccuQuilt Is the Way to GO!

We had so much fun making this together, and Ezra was so pleased with his work! I love that AccuQuilt helps even very young children to make projects they are proud of!

Be sure to comment below with sewing and quilting projects you've enjoyed teaching to the children in your life!

Topics: Tutorials, Quick DIY Projects, Quilting Stories

Katy Sweigart

Written by Katy Sweigart