We adore tiny things and this hand-stitched fall acorn banner was just the right project for us!
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Watch the YouTube video on how we made the DIY acorn banner !
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What I love about this Fall handcraft –
- You’re creating memories with your child
- It’s a scrap-busting project
- You don’t need a sewing machine
This handcraft is appropriate for children over the age of five. Young children can be involved in tracing and matching acorn tops/bottoms.
- Fabric scraps (I used cotton fabric and an old linen shirt. I think it would also be lovely with wool fabric in varying colors and patterns, such as: tweed, plaid, glen check, houndstooth, stripe, gingham, tartan and herringbone.)
- craft felt or fleece
- basic sewing supplies: needle, embroidery floss, scissors, pins. marking pens/chalk
- Eyelet kit and hammer
- String for banner – I used a brown leather cord (You can be resourceful by using shoe laces from old pair of shoes.) 🙂
Step 1 – Iron your fabric
Step 2 – Trace the acorns onto all fabrics
You need to trace the acorn shape onto the felt/fleece, as well as the top and bottom of the acorn onto the fabric of choice. We freestyled it, but feel free to print out an acorn template for young children.
Step 3 – Cut out all shapes from all fabrics
Step 4 – Match them up and pin
Here’s where your littles can help! Have them place the acorn pieces onto the whole piece of felt/fleece.
Have an older child pin the fabric.
Step 5 – Hand-stitch the acorns together
You can use a basic running stitch. We used two strands of embroidery floss and tried to choose floss with a contrasting color so it would be visible.
Step 6 – Add the eyelets or grommets
We think the brass eyelets look beautiful with the color of the fabric and leather cording.
Watch this video to learn how to set them. Otherwise, you can see this in our video tutorial at 02:13
Final Step – String the acorn banner
We used leather cording (from Joann Fabrics). We will be hanging it against the wall, however if you want to hang it on a mantle, I suggest tying a knot behind each acorn to keep them nicely spaced.
Hang it up!
The acorn banner is finished! We love the way it turned out and it makes us feel cozy whenever I look at the warm colors/patterns we used.
More Crafting W/Kids!
Like crafting with kids? Check out the step-by-step tutorial to crafting these adorable DIY Mini Masjid Magnets. This was for a guest blog post for A Crafty Arab’s Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge years ago.
Also, check my blog post out about more ideas for crafting with kids.