Pottery Barn Inspired Easter Banner

pottery barn easter bunny banner

The days I get a Pottery Barn catalog in the mail are the best, I love curling up with them and a cup of tea or coffee and ear-marking all the beautiful products and inspiring photos.  I saw this Outdoor Burlap Happy Easter Flag in the most recent catalog and loved it but as usual I wanted it for a slightly different purpose.  I thought it would be the perfect addition to the mirror over my mantel for the Spring but of course the dimensions of the Pottery Barn Flag were far too big for my mantel.  I decided to DIY my own version and it was so much easier than I thought!

Supplies:

Burlap fabric
White cotton fabric (I used a cheap tea towel)
White thread
White Acrylic paint and fine tip paintbrush
Sewing pins

cutting bunny banner pottery barn

I started by cutting a 24″ by 16″ rectangle of burlap fabric and cutting a freehand bunny silhouette out of my white tea towel (the same inexpensive tea towels I used for my painted tea towel tutorial.)  If you don’t feel comfortable free-handing your bunny silhouette you can easily google image search for one you like and print and trace, I found this similar one very easily.

iron burlap easter banner

Iron both your bunny and the burlap.  Fold a one inch seam on the two long sides and one short side of your rectangle and iron in place.  Fold a 3″ seam on the other short side and iron down.

hemming burlap easter banner diy

Hem the three side with the 1″ folded over.

hem top easter bunny banner tutorial

Hem the bottom of the 3″ folded edge to allow for a dowel or ribbon to hang your banner from-this is the top of your banner.

pb inspired easter bunny banner tutorial

Center your bunny on the top two-thirds of the banner and pin into place. Hem into place using a fine zig-zag stitch…I’m no master seamstress so I took a picture of my sewing machine settings so you can see the stitch I used.

sewing banner settings

Remove the pins, it’s time to paint!  I again free-handed my letting but you could cut a stencil or trace lettering printed on the computer if you feel more comfortable doing that.

painting on burlap easter banner

I used regular acrylic craft paint and a fine tip brush to paint the lettering and found it looked better if I did two coats since my fabric had such a wide weave.

There you have it! I love way it looks over my mirror and it perfectly compliments the other whites and neutrals in the room! I’ll be doing a full Spring Home Tour on the 24th so stay tuned for the big reveal! Also please vote for my Triple Double Trifle in the Reece’s Baking Bracket, you can win a $100 Walmart Gift Card Daily for voting and can vote daily!!

pottery barn easter bunny banner

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Comments

  1. VintageBeachgirl says

    You inspired me…… I made one using paint on a very loose weave burlap as a test run, then two more on a tighter weave with fabric appliqués for two of my daughters to hang on their doors. I did decide that the bunny looked a bit lonely and drew him out a bunny buddy, overachiever right? The lettering is not even close to as pretty or clear and crisp as yours but looks ok from about a foot away. I don’t know how you got yours so clear on such a loose weave, the one on the loose weave is the least crisp of the three I made but good enough to hang on my door coming in from the sun porch here at our cottage. Thanks again for the inspiration and careful tutorial! (I did skip the sewing and used stitch withchery but will probably go back and stitch around the edges of the bunnies, I was afraid I’d mess them up trying to zig zag, I’m clumsy with sewing machine). Hope you’re enjoying yours!

    • Melissa Riker says

      I’m loving it, it’s up on my mantel right now! I’m so glad you were inspired to try it yourself. I was really nervous about doing the lettering on the loose burlap and very pleased with how it turned out but you’re right it was difficult to get it to be clear, the second coat I did helped that a lot. Thanks for the sweet comment!

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