I have already completed a quilt top from a Moda Bake Shop Tutorial written by Kim Walus (See it on my Projects Page – Dresden Plates for Your Table) from Bitty Bits and Pieces.  Another one got my attention but I didn’t really have a reason to make one exactly.  That is the Hugs and Kisses Valentine Banner.

Hugs & Kisses Banner  by Kim Walus of Bitty Bits and Pieces for Moda Bake Shop

Hugs & Kisses Banner by Kim Walus of Bitty Bits and Pieces for Moda Bake Shop

Then Charlotte had her second birthday last month and was given a play house by my parents.  I immediately remember having some serious itchy stitching hands when I saw this project and thought it would be great for the play house.  I guessed that mantles are slightly wider than your average play house, so I measured how big I thought it should be for the play house and tried to estimate the size the ‘flags’ needed to be to accommodate it.  I decreased the pattern by 50% to make a teenier version of the banner.

Charlie's Banner Preparations

Charlie's Banner Preparations

I went to my local Discount Craft Store Spotlight and since they still had loads and it was on sale, I just had to get more of the Denyse Schmidt range that was on sale at JoAnn’s in the US, this time the Australians got to play too!.  The walls of the play house are white and yellow and the roof is red, so what could be better 😀

Charlie's Play House Banner Work In Progress

Charlie's Play House Banner Work In Progress

I have a real tough time cutting out felt shapes – anyone else?! Kim uses a sizzix machine and mentioned being able to purchase pre-cut shapes, but we’re not quite there yet in Aus I don’t think.  Mine turned out alright I think.

Charlie's Play House Banner getting it's binding

Charlie's Play House Banner getting it's binding

I made the little yo-yos and covered buttons first and then embroidered the felt circles onto the flags, because I wanted to do some hand work.  The actual stitching, turning out of the flags and stitching of the binding was super quick and then all I had left to do was stitch the yo-yos and the additional buttons to the banner.

Charlie's Play House Banner on my Chest of Drawers

Charlie's Play House Banner on my Chest of Drawers

Because I just had to take a pic right away after I added the last button.

And then I used some double sided sticky velcro circles and added them to the playhouse 😀 How fun!!

Trust me, you want to find an excuse to make one yourself!

Charlie's Play House Banner - (as she would say) "All Done, Finished!"

Charlie's Play House Banner - (as she would say) "All Done, Finished!"

Good Night Stitchers Whereever you are!