Celebrate New Year's Day, a birthday or any special day with a homemade banner. Here's how to create one.

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A personalized banner is perfect for celebrating special days. Whether you’re honoring a person at a birthday party or a bridal shower, you can customize a simple banner that can be a decoration and a keepsake at the same time. Add as many flags as you need to write your word or name of choice.

The fabrics I used to create my banner are from my Sundrop and Snow Flower collections by Free Spirit Fabrics.

Gather:

Assorted printed fabric

Assorted velveteen or velvet fabric

Tassel fringe

Single tassels

3/4-inch-wide ribbon

Fabric glue (such as Fabri-Tac)

Measuring tape

Pinking shears

Scissors

Create:

Cut twice your desired number of triangular flags from the patterned fabric 13 inches along the top and 17 inches along each side. Cutting with pinking shears will keep the edges from fraying.

Lay two triangles, wrong sides together, and sew a straight stitch half an inch from all edges to join the front and back together. Continue with the rest of the flags.

Rip two 1 inch-by-25-inch strips of patterned fabric per flag. With a long basting stitch, sew half an inch down the center of the strips, leaving long ends of thread. Pull on the ends to gather the strips to be 17 inches.

Sew two gathered strips to each flag onto the long edges. Repeat for all flags.

Cut letters and flowers from the velvet fabrics. Glue velvet letters to the center of each flag. Layer small, medium and large flowers with fabric glue, and then glue them to the bottom of each flag.

Add a single tassel to the very bottom of each flag with fabric glue.

Lay each finished flag corner to corner and cut tassel fringe to this length. Pin and stitch flags in place on fringe.

Fold 3 feet of ribbon in half, and sew it at the folded edge onto the end of the fringe. Repeat for the other end. Use these ties to hold up your banner.

Raw-edged ruffles, store-bought fringe and tassels make this a fun afternoon project. If sewing isn’t your thing, simply substitute patterned scrapbook paper for the fabric. You can still glue the paper flags to ribbon and add fabric or paper embellishments.

This project is sped up significantly with the use of a Sizzix die-cutting machine. I cut my letters and flowers out in minutes this way. Visit www.sizzix.com for more information on this crafter’s tool.

Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found at your favorite stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at denadesigns.com.