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Resources for Banner Makers

Tutorial for the district and zone podium banners

Thanks to everyone who participated in the banner workshop at the fall retreat! This video summarizes the construction process for a podium banner. 

If you are assembling a zone podium banner from the kits that were sent home to each zone, set your iron to “wool, no steam” and skip to timestamp 41:54. The rest is already done for you!

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Materials for a Podium Banner

  • 2 rectangles of background color fabric 21 x 40 inches

  • 1 piece of interfacing 20 x 39 inches

  • 2 pieces of iron on adhesive tape 21 inches long

  • 2 pieces of iron on adhesive tape 36.5 inches long

  • Enough fabric to fit your shape and letter appliques

  • Enough fusible webbing/iron on adhesive to fit your shape and letter appliques

  • Very sharp craft scissors or fabric scissors

  • Ruler

  • Iron and ironing surface

  • Pencil and/or inkjet printer (NO LASER PRINTERS OR COPY MACHINES)

  • Heat erasable pens (optional)

Fabric [Joann]:



Other places to find fabric and tools:

  • Find a local fabric store!

  • Online fabric retailers (ones who specialize in quilting are best)

  • Amazon

How to buy fabric

  • Fabric comes on bolts or rolls that are a certain width.

  • The side label gives information about the fiber content, width, price, washing instructions, etc…

  • Fabric is sold by the yard, so multiply the price you see by the number of yards you need

  • Pick out a bolt and ask for a certain yardage. Most stores will cut in increments of ¼ yards. 

  • Always buy a little extra! Mistakes and shrinking in the dryer happens.

  • Lay out your design pieces or write down their measurements to calculate how many yards of fabric you need. 

    • For example, The body pieces of the podium banner are 21 inches by 40 inches. You need 2 of them. So you need a piece of fabric that is 40 inches by 42 inches. The fabric you are using is 44 inches wide. 1 yard=36 inches.  You need 1.2 yards. You ask for 1.5 yards of fabric so you have room for mistakes and shrinkage.

  • Wash the fabric before using! No fabric softener!

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Construction tips

  • Use a projector to size up elements

  • Trace big pieces onto rolls of craft paper

  • Print small pieces directly onto fusible web to save time (NO LASER PRINTERS OR COPY MACHINES)

  • I use Publisher to keep track of the scale of pieces

  • Label pieces!

  • Use motifs on print fabrics

  • If you need a big banner and don’t sew, buy a blank one. (test iron settings)

  • Give yourself plenty of time. The 2023 national convention banner took 5 months from design to completion.

  • Test new materials and techniques before you do the real thing!

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When is sewing necessary?

  • Fabrics that are not washable, slippery, or have thick threads may not stick well, or may unravel at the edges. These need to be sewn down.

  • A large banner with heavy decorations may need the back and front sewn together to stay on the hanging pole. I have not tested this with fusibles.

  • Designs with many overlapping layers may need sewing.


Did you make something? Post it and tag the LWML Atlantic District!

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