Good morning! Today I am excited to share with you this sweet little acorn banner! I have a collection of wool fabric swatches and scraps I have been holding on to and I love that I finally found a way to use some of them. As a costume designer, I do a lot of swatching and I end up with tons of fabric samples. I have a hard time parting with them (because you never know when you’ll need fabric scraps) so I’ve ended up with bins of fabric swatches! I also have the tendency to save any leftover scraps from projects – so basically, I am a fabric hoarder :) This week my wool swatches were finally put to good use – as acorns in the perfect autumn banner!
Just looking at all of these wool fabrics together instantly reminded me of autumn. The colors are perfect and I love all of the texture! Each acorn in the banner is backed with fleece, giving them a nice weight. I used brass grommets and leather cording to string them all together. This acorn banner is simple to make and great for using up any scraps you have. I love the wool fabric I used, but this could look great in a variety of fabrics or colors. Hanging the banner on my mantle was the perfect addition to our autumn decor. I think it will also work well for Thanksgiving! You can download the free printable pattern and create your own Autumn Acorn Banner!
Supplies Needed For Autumn Acorn Banner
- Free Autumn Acorn Banner Pattern
- Wool fabric scraps in varying colors and pattern.
- Some ideas include: tweed, plaid, glen check, houndstooth, stripe, gingham, tartan and herringbone.
- Tan backing fabric – fleece or felt
- Embroidery floss in coordinating colors – I used DMC Embroidery Floss
- Brass grommets
- String for banner – I used a brown leather cord
- Sewing notions: scissors, ruler, Sharpie, pins, needle
Step One: Use the free printable pattern to cut out the acorn pieces. Each acorn will have a top, bottom and a backing piece. I cut the top and bottom acorn pieces from my wool scraps and cut the backing piece from tan fleece – felt would also work well.
Step Two: Sew the acorns pieces together. Start by arranging the top and bottom acorn pieces on top of each acorn backing piece. This was fun deciding which patterns should go together! Once you have the acorns decided, you can start hand sewing. Start with the bottom of the acorn using a small running stitch. I used two strands of embroidery floss and tried to choose floss with a contrasting color so it would be visible. Stitch on the top of the acorn in the same way, using a different color embroidery floss.
Step Three: The next step is adding the grommets. I decided to use brass grommets which worked very well. Once I put in one grommet, I laid it over each of the other grommets, and marked inside the grommet with a Sharpie. This way all of my acorns looked the same!
Step Four: The only thing left to do is string the acorns together. I used leather cording I found at Joann Fabrics and tied a knot behind each acorn to keep them nicely spaced. Since the acorns just have one hole, they will move around on the cording. This isn’t a big deal if your banner will be hanging against the wall, but since I wanted to hang this banner on my mantle, I decided to tack down the cording in a couple spots.
I hand stitched the cord to the back of each acorn and added one small tack on the front. You could of course put two grommets in each acorn, which would solve this problem. I love the look of just one grommet so I didn’t mind hand stitching the cord in a couple places.
The acorn banner is finished! I love the way it turned out and it makes me feel cozy whenever I look at the warm wools I used.
Crafting for autumn and the holidays is so much fun! I have some great projects coming up I can’t wait to share! Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!