Baby Banner (Eliza Jane)

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My cousin John and his wife Mariana had a baby girl on March 1st, so I had to drop everything and make a baby banner for Eliza Jane. I took photos along the way, which give an idea of my process. It’s like the wedding banners I’ve been making for a few years. You can see all of them here.

I first made a simple pattern, with her name, birth date and weight written out. Then I cut out a smaller felt square and bent wire to form the letters and numbers.

I wrapped the wire with 2 strands of variegated embroidery floss, hiding the knots behind the curled ends. In this case, wire had to overlap to make the Z. I tried making the fancier lower case script Z, but it was hard to read, so I went with the simpler zigzag style. Below you can see how I made an orange stripe with another thread on top of the embroidery floss in JANE.

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I like using variegated thread to edge the felt.

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I made a narrow panel for a sheep button and some leaf beads.

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Glass leaf beads and a chain stitched vine fill the space between the words.

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I’ve had this ceramic sheep button for about 30 years. It’s so satisfying to put it to use in just the right place.

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I braided some Greek leather that I bought at a bead show and made a strap to hang the banner. Working with the leather reminded me of making gimp projects at camp. Remember gimp? What a weird material!

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Welcome to the world Eliza Jane!

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16 thoughts on “Baby Banner (Eliza Jane)

  1. I love the playful, jubilant feel of this banner, so appropriate for a child, and all without the trad pink and ruffles. There’s something about the shape of the scalloped bottom edge that reminds me of the shape of a classic kid’s snowsuit with a knit cuff. I marvel at your choice of embellishments and how well they work, especially the dear sheep. It certainly announces the arrival of a Spring baby with glee.

  2. Salley,

    That’s just beautiful! What a treasure – a wonderful handmade, heartfelt gift to the parents, and also to Eliza Jane who will someday grow up and know you cared.

  3. Wow so organic and natural and beautiful – none of the garish colors that often come with baby things. This is just lovely!

  4. Oh Eliza Jane, what a lucky little baby you are, hopefully you will have this wonderful treasure your whole life. Gorgeous colors and such a beautiful gift.

  5. Oh, Salley!!!!!! I just love it! Seeing it makes me so happy, and I’m sure it will make Eliza Jane and her parents very happy, too! love, Beth

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