Customizable DIY Felt Letter Banner

Make a different banner for every holiday of the year with these cute DIY letters made out of nothing more than felt and string.

DIY felt letter banner

String your banner

To string the letters onto the banner, cut a long piece of string and wrap it twice around each hanger. Make any phrase you want!

Photo by: Karen Kavett

Karen Kavett

Looking for a creative and crafty way to surprise someone on their birthday? Or celebrate your kid finally graduating? Whatever the occasion, this cool — and completely customizable — DIY felt letter banner is the perfect way to show someone you care. Not to mention, it’s super easy to make yourself.

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Materials + Supplies

  • scissors
  • pencil
  • string

Gather Your Supplies

Gather several colors of felt and print out the letter pattern (Image 1 + 2). Choose which letter you want to make first and cut it out (Image 3).

Trace Letters Onto Felt

Trace the pattern onto felt, and then flip it over and trace it again so you have two letters mirror-imaged from each other (Image 1-3). Cut them out (Image 4).

Add a Hanger

Cut a piece of light-colored string 1 to 2 inches in length. Add two lines of glue to the back letter and press the string into place to make a looped hanger (Image 1). Let dry (Image 2).

Sew the Edges of Your DIY Felt Letter

Stack the two letters on top of each other and sew around the edge on your sewing machine (Image 1 + 2). Use thread that is a similar color to the felt (Image 3).

Trim the Edges

Trim the loose threads and the edges of the felt where they don’t perfectly line up with each other (Image 1) to finish up the first letter (Image 2).

Make More Letters

Make as many letters as you want, including some duplicates of common letters (Image 1 + 2). Keep the patterns so if you need extra letters for a future banner, you can make them easily (Image 3).

Of course, some letters will be easier than others. If your letter has an inside shape, like an A, sew that first before sewing around the outside (Image 1 + 2). If the letter has curves like R, S or an ampersand (&), be extra careful sewing around them, taking your time to keep your border size as even as possible around the entire shape (Image 3). If your letter has two stems at the top, like V or H, add a hanger to each stem so that the letter hangs evenly (Image 4).

Make a Phrase + String It Up

To string the letters onto the banner, cut a long piece of string and wrap it twice around each hanger (Image 1). Make any phrase you want (Image 2 + 3). Hang it up on a shelf, wall or any other place you deem appropriate (Image 4).

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