This my friends, above all, is a story of perseverance. It all started almost 3 years ago when I ordered the Silhouette Portrait – it was on sale, I had been wanting to try it, so why not? How hard could it be?
I tried a couple of different projects and failed. I could never get the dang vinyl to line up properly, it was all too wide (made for the Silhouette Cameo and not the Portrait), the cutting mat was more a hinderance than a help. In short – It was a mess. Defeated, I stored my little Silhouette Portrait in the craft closet to gather dust.
As I was unpacking our stuff after the PCS, I once again came across the Portrait and said to myself, “Self, let’s try one more time. If we fail again, sell this dang thing”.
So I set off on YouTube and Pinterest, trying hard to find tutorials for the Silhouette Portrait and not the Cameo. And found I did! The sky parted and the angels sung once I found a tutorial that showed how to cut vinyl without the cutting mat AND had a link to 9in wide vinyl that perfectly fits the Portrait. THIS WAS IT, PEOPLE!
The next step was to find the perfect project. Something that would test my new learned skills but easy enough not to make crumble into tears.
That’s when I came across this Harvest Banner on Pottery Barn. I liked that it was a hanging banner instead of a wood standing sign as seen here. I have an almost-crawling babe and a wild 2 year old, the last thing I need are wood signs that are just leaning on walls and can easily fall on kids, if ya know what I mean. Is the Harvest Banner beautiful? Yes. Worth the $35 + Shipping? I just don’t know about that. So onto my Fall crafting list, it went.
What You’ll Need
- Orange Fabric + Thread
- Sewing Machine
- Wood Dowel
- White Paint
- Foam Brush
- Vinyl or Stencil Material
- Transfer Paper
- Silhouette Machine (Portrait or Cameo)
First things first, I set off to buy some nice orange fabric and thread. All I have to say about this is, thank goodness for Google Translate and nice German salespeople that don’t judge you too much when you all you know for this transaction is “Bitte” (please) and “Danke” (thank you).
I made my banner double and added a pocket at the top to use a dowel to hang it. The finished size came to be right at 12 inches wide by 56 inches tall.
Next, I cut out my stencil. I used this vinyl and it was dreamy (they also have a 12″ version best suited for the Cameo or Cricut). It went in smoothly and stayed straight as the Silhouette cut all my letters. I ended up doing one loooong stencil with the letters already spaced out how I wanted them. I probably (definitely) would’ve saved a lot of vinyl if I had scrunched the letters up and then spaced them individually, but this way just seemed easier for my first time.
I used some transfer paper (and my mom) to help me place the vinyl on the fabric, then pulled the transfer paper, along with the letters, to leave out the stencil in place. Then I painted the letters with some white acrylic paint and a foam brush. I pulled the vinyl up every two-ish letters, before the paint dried to avoid pulling up the paint.
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After doing the math, the final cost for the Harvest Banner came to just under $15. $10 for fabric, $1.50 for thread, $3.25ish for paint – much better than the $39 Pottery Barn wanted!
Looking at my Harvest Banner knock off now though, I think I should’ve done two coats of paint but other than that I am STATIC with how this turned out.
I am half-tempted to leave this hanging and pretend it’s Fall decor season already!
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