Monday, February 10, 2014

Surprise Burlap Banner ~ Silhouette Challenge

Hello Friends!

I have another project to show, and of course, I'm sharing the file too!

I ran across this project, and used my Silhouette to make a similar one for myself!

The how-to's are in the file, which I have for you to download free! 

But before you go to the download, I decided to take it a step further...

I love decorating a bit for each holiday, but honestly, in the middle of tax season, I'm just too busy to spend very much time at flip the banner over for the surprise!

I thought that a banner I could use for both Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day would be great, so I made it reversible!

The assembly is pretty simple, and adaptable to your skill level. I've included how I made mine in the download, so I won't bore you with the details here.

Surprise Burlap Banner

Free File Etiquette: You may use this file to make physical projects to keep, give away, or sell. Please do not share the file itself, direct others to this page to download for themselves. Thank you!

I will however, share a quick tip for cutting burlap - you might already know it, but if you don't it will save you much frustration while cutting!

The problem that I have with cutting burlap is getting a strait line...even if I flatten the fabric and cut carefully, it is so slippery, that I end up with jagged edges, no fun!

So, here's the tip: decide where you want to cut, then pull out one thread of burlap all the way from side to side.

Now you have a 'space' that you can follow with your scissors, to cut a strait line in the burlap!

I hope you enjoyed my project, and encourage you to go create!

I'm joining forces with some online friends today, as a part of the Silhouette Challenge group.

Today's challenge is all about fabric - so if you like fabric, and love inspiration, come join the party!
  1. No-Sew Valentine's Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid's T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie - Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. "Good Morning, Sunshine!" Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. "Team Betty" Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy's Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine's OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine's Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. "Cute as Cupid" shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em's Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress
Thanks for stopping by,



  1. This is great Meredith. I like your idea of a single banner as an alternative to bunting. Great Burlap tip too!

  2. I love this. Can't wait to make one myself!!! Thanks for sharing the file

  3. I love holiday decor that does double duty! Thanks for the file and the burlap tip! I can't ever cut anything straight which is why I'm thankful for my silhouette. :)

  4. This is so cute! Your idea to make it reversible is awesome. Thanks for the free cut file.

  5. Very cute! I love the reversible idea! So fun!

  6. Ooooh! What a great idea to make it reversible. Love this!


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