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                                                  3-Piece Banners
                                                                              Making large embroidered
                                                                              pieces to deck the walls and
                                                                              halls of your home and
                                                                              church is a wonderful way to
                                                                              decorate for Christmas,
                                                                              Easter, and other special
                                                                              occasions.

                                                                              When working with three-
                                                                              piece banners you can either
                                                                              embroider each piece on a
                                                                              separate piece of fabric and
                                                                              then sew or piece them
                                                                              together, or you can
                                                                              embroider each section onto
                                                                              a long piece of fabric.

                                                                              The instructions below
                                                                              demonstrate how to line up
                                                                              the designs on a long piece
                                                                              of fabric. This method is
                                                                              easy, and gets perfect results
                                                                              every time!

                                                                              The instructions use the "Old
                                                                              Rugged Cross" banner as an
                                                                              example -- but if you're
                                                                              working on designs for
                                                                              Christmas or another
                                                                              occasion, you can apply the
                                                                              same concepts.




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                                                                              Supplies needed:

                                                                                  q   1/3 yard of fabric - we
                                                                                      used a 100% linen
                                                                                      fabric in the natural
                                                                                      color.
                                                                                  q   Cutaway stabilizer
                                                                                  q   Small amount of raffia
                                                                                  q   A rough textured stick
                                                                                      or 1/4" wood dowel,
                                                                                      about 16" long
                                                                                  q   Marking tool (air-erase
                                                                                      pen or other marking
                                                                                      tool)

                                                                              You can find the 3-Piece
                                                                              banner designs from the
                                                                              Embroidery Library by
                                                                              clicking here.




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                                                                              Begin by printing templates of
                                                                              each piece of the design. You
                                                                              can print a template from
                                                                              most embroidery software.

                                                                              If you don't have embroidery
                                                                              software, you can download
                                                                              a free trial version of Embird
                                                                              from www.Embird.com and
                                                                              use that software to print
                                                                              templates.

                                                                              Using an air-erase marking
                                                                              pen and a yardstick, mark a
                                                                              long center line down the
                                                                              length of your fabric. To find
                                                                              the center, measure the width
                                                                              of the fabric and divide by
                                                                              two, and make a mark.
                                                                              Repeat this down the fabric,
                                                                              then connect the marks.

                                                                              The line should be a few
                                                                              inches longer than the
                                                                              combined length of the
                                                                              designs.




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                                                                              Place the templates on the
                                                                              fabric, lining up the vertical
                                                                              axis of each template on the
                                                                              marked line.

                                                                              Determine how far apart you
                                                                              want each design on the
                                                                              center line, then with your
                                                                              marking pen, make a mark at
                                                                              the horizontal axis on the
                                                                              fabric on each side of the
                                                                              design.




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                                                                              Here is a closer look at the
                                                                              top design. You can see the
                                                                              axis lines on the printout.
                                                                              The vertical line is matched
                                                                              with the marked center line,
                                                                              and there are small marks on
                                                                              either side of the printout at
                                                                              the horizontal axis points.

                                                                              Remove the printouts from
                                                                              the fabric. Draw a straight
                                                                              line connecting the horizontal
                                                                              axis marks and crossing the
                                                                              center line. The horizontal
                                                                              line should be long enough to
                                                                              extend to the edge of your
                                                                              hoop.




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                                                                              Now it is time to hoop the
                                                                              fabric. Because we're using
                                                                              linen, we're going to hoop the
                                                                              fabric with cutaway stabilizer.

                                                                              Hoop the fabric so that the
                                                                              marked horizontal and
                                                                              vertical lines line up with the
                                                                              center marks on the sides,
                                                                              and the top/bottom of your
                                                                              hoop.




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                                                                              Move the needle to the point
                                                                              where the lines cross in the
                                                                              center of your hoop (this is
                                                                              the center point of the
                                                                              design) and embroider the
                                                                              first design.

                                                                              When you are finished
                                                                              embroidering the first design,
                                                                              move the hoop to the second
                                                                              horizontal marked line, and
                                                                              hoop just as you did for the
                                                                              first sew-out. Match up the
                                                                              lines on the fabric with the
                                                                              marks on the hoop. Move the
                                                                              needle so it's right over the
                                                                              center point, and embroider
                                                                              the second design. Repeat
                                                                              this for the third design.

                                                                              Here are all three designs all
                                                                              sewn out in a straight line.

                                                                              Next, trim the fabric so that
                                                                              the banner is to the width that
                                                                              you'd like. We're trimming the
                                                                              fabric so the banner is 10"
                                                                              wide (if you're making a bell
                                                                              pull, you may want it to be a
                                                                              little narrower).

                                                                              We're also leaving 5" from
                                                                              the top and bottom of the
                                                                              embroidery to the top and
                                                                              bottom edge of the fabric.




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                                                                              Hem each of the long sides
                                                                              of the banner.




                                                                              Fold the top edge over to
                                                                              form a 2" pocket for the
                                                                              hanging rod. Stitch down the
                                                                              rod pocket.




                                                                              Insert the stick or dowel in
                                                                              the rod pocket.

                                                                              If you'd like, you can fray the
                                                                              bottom. Sew a straight stitch
                                                                              across the width of the fabric,
                                                                              up to the point where you
                                                                              want the fraying to stop. Then
                                                                              fray to form a fringe at the
                                                                              bottom of the banner.




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                                                                              Tie several strands of raffia to
                                                                              the stick or dowel on both
                                                                              sides of the banner to form a
                                                                              hanger for the piece.

                                                                              If you're working on a
                                                                              Christmas piece, you can
                                                                              wrap the rod or towel with
                                                                              red, white, and green ribbon
                                                                              to add a festive spark to the
                                                                              hanging area.

                                                                              Enjoy!




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