DIY Name Banner

I love making personalized goods for the new littles in my life.  It's one of my very favorite gifts to give, and I wanted to do something cute and special for my little as well, so I created this name banner.  Inspired by the typography of these

Henri Bendel candles

, I created a graphic piece to let everyone whose space is behind the door.

Keep reading below for the tutorial.


Step 1: Make the pattern for the banner.  I used a curve, but a straight line would be easier.   Be sure to account for 1/2" seam allowance.

Step 2: Line straight edge up with fold and cut.

Step 3: Turn edges under and fold top dow creating a 1" pocket for the dowel.  Sew edges and pocket.

Step 4: Follow the steps below to use Cricut Design space to create iron-on transfer.  Note: I created the initial file in Adobe Illustrator.

Step 5. Cut your iron on paper to size and adhere to the mat. 

Step 6. Be sure the dial is turned to "iron-on"

Step 7. Remove the pieces where you want negative space, in my case that was the letters.

Step 8: Iron on to your banner, insert the dowel and tie twine.

Optional Step 9: Add tassels


  • Cotton yarn (must be cotton to take die well)
  • scissors
  • fabric dye

Step 1: follow my tutorial here to make the tassels.  My tassels are about 4" long.

Step 2: Mix a tiny amount of die

Step 3: Dip tassels, only about 1/2 way and remove quickly, the dye will seep upwards

Step 4: Add to dowel of banner for an extra pop of color

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