Additional Craft Information:
You are practically done with your artistic statement with regard to your church sanctuary, but you may possibly like just a little bit of “extra” to spiff up the banner and give the last, finishing touch. Including fringe and tassels is a terrific alternative for adding a delightful, decorative appearance to the church banner. Experience has taught me that it is most desirable to add tassels and fringe– not merely one or the other.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
To establish the measurements of your tassels and cord, hang the banner on the rod upon a wall. Place a tape measure over the end of your rod and allow it to drop down to find out how long one will like the tassels and cord to finish your banner. You'll want to find out the cord length as well as the tassel measurement. The dimension (diameter) of the cord will be determined by the dimensions of the banner. If your banner patterns are larger sized, you really should use a larger cord; if it smaller sized, opt for a thinner weight cord and smaller sized tassel. It's also advantageous if you obtain the items for making the cord, fringe, and tassels all concurrently since there are numerous hues of gold and it is preferred if they all match-up perfectly.
Now one has to determine how to make tassels and cord that match your banner. Whenever you make tassels, there are essentially 3 selections.
One can buy tassels. It's a bit difficult to secure these in a professional manner considering it's tough to finish the end of your cord. Pre-made tassels often have strings to hang them by and are created for tucking into a seam. Now there really isn't a good way for adding them to the ends of the cord.
The 2nd choice is to make tassels that are knotted. Initially, you make a knot, 4-8 inches from the end of your cord depending upon the chosen completed length of your tassel, and unwind all the threads at the end of the cord. That works with some cords, but not all. You simply need to stop and think of just how the cord is put together, that typically depends on the overall size of the cord. Some cords are put together with fillers inside the glitzy external layer. When you unwind them, the inner cord is a different fiber and coloring from the outer one. And so, pick your cords mindfully so that after you knot and unwind the end cord you find the full tassel color and look that you're seeking, making it really worth the time and effort to create your own tassels. Because it has been wound into cord, it will be curly and puffy.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
A 3rd method on how to make tassels that has wonderful results is to make tassels out of fringe. One should purchase fringe with a top edge binding it and securing it all together. To make tassels is relatively easy, but you have to create them with care in order that they stand up well. Put fray check on the external edge of the cord, winding this top fringe binding around your cord. Next use a needle and thread, entering through the fringe top and cord to fasten it securely. Next wind some more times around till you get the depth that you would like, using the needle and thread every time to fasten it.
Use the fray check again on the last round, keeping end pieces of fringe from coming free from the binding. Let this sit, enabling the fray check to dry. Then, making use of a fringe strand, wind it tightly around the outer fringe piece, usually about a half inch below the upper edge, making it look like a tassel. Knot the end and allow it to hang down with the rest of the tassel. That is how I made the tassels for my sacrament banners.
Another good choice is to use a shiny, sheer, transparent cloth. Make a long rectangular shape which will twist around the top side of the banner, dangling down. Lastly, you need to stitch fringe on the end and wind the upper edges together with gold cord just under the rod. A great example of this is the “America” banner pattern where the method is made use of.
The concluding alternative is to make use of curtain tie backs for small-scale banners. The tie backs aren't very long; however they are a wonderfully easy option that does not require you to create tassels for your smaller banner patterns.
When you have decided on tassels and cords, you need to add fringe. Sewing fringe is saved till the final step so that it doesn't get caught or sewn into the incorrect seam. Once one has finished quilting and have left a one inch un-quilted perimeter by the bottom edge, you'll be able to apply binding to the other three sides. Lastly, stitch the fringe into place, through the bottom edge of the fabric and the batting. Cut batting very near to your seam, folding the seam upward, so that it hangs straight down. Then fold under the backing fabric edge, hiding the seam, and stitch it into place by hand. Now that you know the way in which to stitch fringe on the lower edge of your banner, you will have a great bottom edge!