These patterns were developed because we love making banners for our home congregation, Trinity Alliance in Redding, California. We originally tried using designs and instructions from books that we had purchased to make our own banners, but quickly became frustrated trying to enlarge the patterns using copiers and projectors. The design selection was limited, and the accuracy of the enlarged images was not that good. We decided that there had to be an easier way.
Linda Willis, a graphic designer, creates the designs for our banner patterns. After sketching out the designs, she re-draws them using a computer illustration program. This allows for superior accuracy and smooth lines. The designs are then broken apart, pieces are labeled, and re-grouped by color using paper that is the same width as HeatnBond. Although developing the patterns was very time-consuming, we found that our banners turned out so much better (and went together so much easier) that it was worth it. We thought others might benefit from our patterns as well.
Hand made fabric banners offer a depth, texture and brilliance that you just can't achieve with manufactured banners.
Cost is generally less, and colors can be adjusted to suit individual preferences or color schemes.
Banners are rated "Beginner" to "Advanced" according to recommended skill level.
Very minimal sewing- top seam only to accommodate hanging rod.
No projectors or copiers required- patterns include full-sized individual pattern pieces, grouped according to fabric color, labeled and printed in reverse for easy assembly. Pattern sheets are same width as standard 17" Heatnbond.