In my neck of the woods 'tis the season for Spring Baseball. Though my boys aren't playing ball this season, I was asked to make a team banner just like the one I made for Jack's T-ball team last year.
I always get a little nostalgic when I make these felt banners. My mom used to make them for my Softball team when I was younger... one of them was the Purple Pandas...such great memories
Is Spring Ball starting in your area too? Do you happen to need a team banner for your local little league?? I'll show you how I made mine. It's all made out of felt and dimensional fabric paint, which means it's cheap and cute. Under $10 for supplies and just a few hours of your time.
This banner can be strung on a rod, for opening day marching purposes or tied to a fence for game day pride. The finished measurements are about 2 1/2 ft X 5 ft.
For a banner like this you'll need:
- 1 yard of felt for main banner
- extra felt scraps for additional accents
- dimensional fabric paint
- Tacky Glue
- 3 yards of 3/4 inch grosgrain ribbon for ties
- MS Publisher or similar computer program
Find the image you want to copy and insert it into MicroSoft Publisher (it usually comes with MS Word and Power Point) or another similar computer program that allows you to print in "poster format". (your home printer may have this as an option as well)
In MS Publisher choose "Blank Publication" then "Poster" to set up your page. Edit 3/16: I have a much newer (2013) version of Publisher now. The Poster template that prints 9 pages at a time is "Banner 24 in. x 24 in.'' You can find this template by clicking "Size" the "Page Design" menu
Insert your image and rotate and enlarge it to fill the space as desired. The "Poster" format will print as large as nine sheets of paper. If you need your logo larger, print the image in two sets and match them up (or select a larger Poster template). Click "print preview" to see how your image will print on the pages... from here you can get an idea of how big it will turn out as well.
To save ink, before printing I adjusted the color on the image to be washed out. The "washout" function is found inside the "Format Picture" menu inside "color". On the newer version of publisher change the color of the image by right clicking the picture, select "Format Picture", go to the "Recolor" area of the "Picture" tab, click the gray "Color Scheme" on the drop down menu that says "no color".
Alternatively, some printers let you choose a grayscale option when printing. Mine won't so I had to go in and recolor the picture before printing.
After a couple of printings this is what I ended up with.
Next, tape together all your papers and cut out the logo as you want it look when finished.
Take each section and cover the back with masking tape circles.
Stick it onto your accent felt scraps and push down on a flat surface firmly.
You might be tempted to trace around the felt with a pen but don't you'll end up with an inky mess and a sub par line to cut. Instead, carefully cut around all the paper with sharp scissors and you'll get a perfectly cut logo. Carefully remove the paper and fix any imperfections that are bothering you.
I then took the logo and stuck it to another scrap of felt with tacky glue. I usually lay the logo flat and then lift up sections to glue. That way the image doesn't get distorted you'll have less of a glue mess on your hands. Note: Tacky Glue sticks felt to felt beautifully but if your banner will ever be sitting in the rain long enough to get soaked the glue may loosen. Since our league never plays when it's raining, Tacky works! The banner will definitely hold up all year, ours did.
Then I cut around each edge leaving about a 3/8 inch white trim.
I also made a Baseball to represent each player. These balls are about 5 inches in diameter, I traced a small bowl to get it.
To make the lacing, get out your dimensional paint.
I drew lines on the ball with pencil where I wanted the lacing to be and with the tip of the paint I made a series of crosshatch lines like this..
Pretty soon it looks like this, and before long you'll get the hang of it... it actually goes really fast.
Set them aside and let them dry. Lastly put the finishing touches on the rest of the Logo. I just tried to copy what I saw in the image. I traced the edges of the logo with black dimensional paint.
Next I wrote everyone's name above their ball. But look, I smeared this one. Not to worry. felt is forgiving. Don't try to wipe it off, just let it dry.
When it's dry you can carefully peel it up and snip it out of the felt with scissors
Here is the finished one from last year where I added everyone's number made out of felt as well.
And that's that!! You'll have all the other parents oohing and aahing over it. You can do it!!
If you make a banner I would love to see it!!