Customized Quote Banner with Neat & Tangled

Posted by Renae Bradley on 19 September, 2017 38 comments

mermaid banner

We partnered with craft company Neat and Tangled -and was thrilled to try out their stock of stamps and die cuts. Visit their blog this week to see what they made with Benzie's felt!

Die cutting is definitely a must in this craft -but you'll love the results so much you'll want to quote up everything in sight! Neat and Tangled introduced us to the Journaling Alpha die and we are going to teach you how easy it is to use with our felt! 

 thin die cuts for felt

Supplies needed:
-Felt Banner: We used our big felt-fetti for this one, but it's really easy to cut out a banner shape out of a 6x9" sheet of felt too! We used the color Julep. 
-You only need one 6x9" sheet of felt to cut out the letters, but I would grab a second sheet if you are new to die cutting. We used the color Pool.
-The secret to success is using an iron-on adhesive.
-Journaling Alphas die cut
-Embroidery floss to match your felt (use one strand of divisible floss)
-Peacock Feathers sequins, we love this mix! 
-Beads, we love using our aqua shaded seed beads
-Dowel, cut down to six inches.
-Needle, you'll want a needle small enough to stitch through beads. We like our 5/10 size

iron adhesive for felt

Step one: Iron the adhesive to a sheet of felt. 

die cut letters felt

Step two: If you are new to die cutting we suggest reading over this post to get started. Using the sheet of the felt that the adhesive was ironed on too, set up your die cut 'sandwich' in the order pictured. Keep note that the die cut needs to be on the felt side (not the adhesive side). Roll through die cut machine twice to ensure a clean cut. 

die cut small felt letters

Step three: Just peel the letters right off, the adhesive will be right on the back! Do step two a few more times until you get all the letters desired. Tip: An experienced die cutter can strategically place the die to get all cuts on a single 6x9" sheet. 

diy custom quote banner

Step four: I found it helpful to use a see through ruler when arranging all the letters on the banner. 

iron wool blend felt

Step five: Iron the letters on using a layer or two of tissue paper. Don't forget the tissue paper... or you just may burn your felt (I know from experience!). 

sequins and beads for felt

sewing on mermaid sequins

Step six: The Peacock sequin blend was just perfect for this mermaid themed banner! Using beads is the easiest and neatest way to sew sequins on, just make you select the right needle! 

Step seven: Use the dowel and embroidery floss to hang up your banner! 

make a mermaid banner

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  1. Julia D. September 23, 2017

    What a great, fun banner! Love the look of your felt! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  2. Margery C September 23, 2017

    What a fun Mermaid banner. Beautiful colored felt.

  3. Maryam September 21, 2017

    Wow, this so unique.. love this idea

  4. Mimi r September 21, 2017

    Thanks for the tutorial. I lways find it so difficult to cut felt but now thanks to you I know the secret!!!

  5. Liz R. September 21, 2017

    So beautiful! And super helpful tutorial, thank you!!

  6. Linda Tagg September 21, 2017

    I love this technique! Beautiful!

  7. Lorrie Everitt September 21, 2017

    OMG – sweet lettering idea. Adorable project to make for my daughters. We love mermaids.

  8. Debbie Rumpza September 21, 2017

    Wow… I love the colors of your felts… darling mermaid banner!

  9. Rosy Newlun September 20, 2017

    I had never heard of your company until visiting N&T today. Look how delicate your felt can be cut! Remarkable!!!

  10. Mary September 20, 2017

    These projects make me want to get a die cutting machine.

  11. ESheen September 20, 2017

    Oh I love this banner- that alphabet die is perfect!!!

  12. Ann K. September 20, 2017

    Great colors – excited to discover this company with all of the different shades of felt!

  13. Kleri F September 20, 2017

    Fabulous project!Very creative!tfs

  14. Karen L September 20, 2017

    The colors are perfect!

  15. Marissa M. September 20, 2017

    That banner is SUCH a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Laura Chiesa September 20, 2017

    That’s a lovely banner!

  17. Lucy E. September 20, 2017

    This is such a cute
    banner! It would be fun
    to put in a craft room or
    a little girl’s room!

  18. Denise Bryant September 20, 2017

    Fun banner with beautiful embellishments! Love the colors! Great collaboration project with Neat & Tangled!

  19. renee milner September 20, 2017

    A banner is a great project! Thanks for sharing the tips and details—I didn’t know I could iron on the adhesive onto felt, but now I know just to use the tissue paper in between. :)

  20. Michele K. Henderson September 20, 2017

    This is just gorgeous! I LOVE the pretty mermaid banner and the amazing detail too!
    Take Care!

  21. Angela W September 20, 2017

    This is such a sweet banner! I love the colors you chose and the sequins and beads that embellish it! It looks great using the Neat and Tangled alphabet dies!

  22. Siobhann Bakke September 20, 2017

    Ooooh boy! I think I’m falling in love with felt, again!!

  23. MandaLJ September 20, 2017

    Such a cute banner! I can think of some many little girls who’d love something like that. Some big girls too!

  24. Karthikha Uday September 19, 2017

    What a lovely creation! Beautiful colors chosen, and the addition of sequins is awesome :)

  25. Marjorie Dumontier September 19, 2017

    Again a very cute creation, great colors and also awesome tutorial, very clear. Thanks !!

  26. Annette Hindes September 19, 2017

    Fun looking project!
    Sequins make it great!

  27. Laura P. September 19, 2017

    Another great project using Neat & Tangled dies!! Thanks so much for the tip on how to die cut using the adhesive sheet…genius! The banner is adorable, and goes with your mermaid tail project! Love your colors!

  28. Andrea Shell September 19, 2017

    What a lovely banner! My mermaid-obsessed daughter would definitely love to have it in her room! The colors of felt, sequins and beads are beautiful and go together perfectly.

  29. Cynthia Cole September 19, 2017

    Lovely felt mermaid banner!

  30. Tracy A September 19, 2017

    What a fabulous banner. My mind is now spinning with ideas. The iron-on adhesive will make everything faster and easier.

  31. Carla Hundley September 19, 2017

    This banner is
    so fun and looks
    awesome! I’ll be
    scraplifting this
    Carla from Utah

  32. BeverlyBL September 19, 2017

    How fun. Love the sentiment,
    the colors and the tutorial. Thanks so much.

  33. Sue LD September 19, 2017

    Very cute—I like the colors. My granddaughters would love this.

  34. Amy Cooley September 19, 2017

    This project is such a fun idea! I think these would make great personalized gifts for family and friends. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Mary Holshouser September 19, 2017

    I always have something crafty hanging on the window in my front door. this banner would be a great idea. it’s not heavy and I can make lots of them to change as season or mood changes. thanks for a great idea. Love all of the colors in the felt. The poms will be a welcome addition too.

  36. Anita in France September 19, 2017

    A fabulous banner … simply gorgeous colours, perfect for mermaids, especially with the shimmer of the yummy sequins and beads! A tip from a card maker to save felt … clip apart the dies with wire cutters and just cut those letters needed. Afterwards, the dies can be stored on a magnetic sheet so that none go astray. Anita :)

  37. Arianna Barbara September 19, 2017

    Adorable banner!!! Beautiful decoration! Love the colors!!!

  38. Franka M. September 19, 2017

    This banner project is so versatile. This would be great for birthday party decor. Thanks for sharing your creativity.