As the 1 year anniversary of the opening of my "Altered Eco Designs" shop on Etsy and my first craft show are fast approaching, I finally decided to do something.
Make my own shop sign!
Over the past year I have been creating garlands and buntings for customers, mostly for weddings, graduations and birthday parties. Many of my custom orders, however, have been for shop owners who wanted a garland or bunting for either their tent, booth or brick & mortar shop.
So, I finally decided it was time I made one for myself, after all, I am suppose to be my own best advertiser!
....and voila! Here it is!
I love natural elements so burlap was the best backing choice.
Since my shop is eco friendly, I decided to add little "eco globes" (free printable clip art found on the web) printed on laminated burlap sheets as an embellishment for outer corners on the top.
My artwork and decorations are also based on the use of new and vintage recycled materials. I wanted to bring that element into the design so as to make it a reflection of my shop.
I had a vintage lace curtain panel that I decided to use to make the flags. It had some stains, but, there was plenty of lace to use after cutting off the stained parts and there's still plenty left for a future project.
After attaching the flags to the burlap, I applied seam binding to the top edge of the banner, then, printed my letters on to laminated burlap sheets (sold at Walmart in packs of three 8x10 sheets for about $10.00), cut them out into squares and attached them to the flags. Finally, I hot glued lengths of scrap seam binding on each end for tying as needed, for this , as well as, any future shows.
FYI: I don't sew.......ANYTHING!!
I once sewed my finger when I was a teenager, so I am not a fan. I will hand sew as needed, if the occasion arises. However, my tools for adhering materials together are: a glue gun, super glue or heat bond and a hot iron, that goes for everything I make in my shop.
All of my banners & buntings are fused with heat bond layered between the materials, the heat fuses the materials together. What I really like about it is, you don't see any stitches. The result is a stiff form and pretty much a permanent seal.
**A word of caution, though, if you decide to use this to make your own, DO NOT use the iron on the STEAM setting when using the heat bond.
Well, that is it!
I hope you like my new sign and for those interested in attending the show (see the show info listed below), I will be there representing both my handmade and vintage shops here:
If you are going to be in the area on the day of the show, I would love to have you visit my booth. If you do, mention you found me on my blog and ask for YOUR FREE GIFT from my handmade shop!