DIY Soccer Banner Tutorial

So, it is official, I am a soccer mom.

I knew it would happen someday and you know what??

I could not be more excited- it is so fun!!

Avery is doing great, and by that I mean following directions a good part of the time. She is only 3 after all.

Naturally, as you can expect, I totally jumped at the chance to be a team mom and one of our first things we had to do was get a banner together.

They told us that a lot of teams buy them, but we could make them as well.

I guess it is really easy to guess what I chose.

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When it comes down to it, those purchased ones can be easily over $75!!

Um. No.

I made ours for $36 PLUS that money not only got the materials for the banner, but I was able to make fun little flags for all the parents as well! {That will be it’s own post}

A much better use of much less money, in my opinion.

For the banner, I went to Joanns and used tablecloth fabric that was a heavy weight plastic on one side and a fabric type texture on the other side. I used the Cricut to make the entire front of the banner, the vinyl stuck great to the plastic side. I cut all the names, letters, sharks and words and used transfer tape to make the application process much easier. This part is really up to your own team and creativity.

The part that I wanted to share the tutorial for was how to make your banner stand. I was looking all over for something like this when I was searching, but could not find a start to finish tutorial- so I thought I would make one!

First, I sewed about a two inch pocket on to all the sides, space out your stitch a bit because if it is too tight, it could just tear the banner.  Then I cut off the corners because that is where you will attach the elbows for the PVC pipe. I went to Home Depot and grabbed {3} 8 foot pieces and it was plenty, mine were 1/2 inch wide and they run like $1.50 which is great. I grabbed two elbows, four of the “T” shape connectors and I had a PVC pipe cutter- that thing is amazing, you should totally invest in one of those. I didn’t measure and cut because I wanted it to fit the banner perfectly, there isn’t a lot of room for error so my method worked great for me. I put one of the long pieces through the top and put an elbow on one side. Then I cut the other side and added the other elbow. You can always cut more off but you can’t add it back on.

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Then I put the side pieces in, I had enough left over from the first piece to do one side and then added another one of the long ones on the other. Then I trimmed those down and put a “T” connector on each one. Last I put the third piece through the bottom, stuck it into one side of the “T” and then trimmed the other and connected it.

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At this point the banner is stable, but now it needs to stand. On our field a parent brought rebar and hammered it into the ground and then the PVC pipe on the sides slipped right over it to make it stand- it looks like this.

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Originally I bought enough to make the feet for it to stand on it’s own, but the rebar is what we will use most of the time, I made the legs as back up just in case and because I bought enough so I thought, why not? If you use this method, you would just need to pick up some garden stacks to go over the feet and into the grass so it doesn’t blow away.

I cut an additional {4} 18 inch or so pieces (I just made them the same length, didn’t measure) and then {2} 6 inch pieces. The little pieces when into the “T” connectors that are on the banner and then you can put another “T” connector on the bottom that you can use to put 2 of the longer pieces on either end of to make the feet. Then you are done!

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Now all you have to do is stand back and admire your great work!

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What sports do your kids play?

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3 Responses to DIY Soccer Banner Tutorial

  1. Kristen Jeffery September 12, 2013 at 1:26 am #

    That is so cute! Great job and a cute team name too. Welcome to Social Fabric!

    • delicateconstructionbymichelle@gmail.com September 13, 2013 at 12:04 am #

      Thanks so much! I appreciate it!!

  2. Ananasa September 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Awesome post! we love it!

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