Have you noticed that I like Hamilton? I mean, seriously like Hamilton? In my day job, I work as a museum curator and I am so inspired by what Lin-Manuel Miranda created. Not only has he created an amazing piece of public history through his play, but this week he's also bringing us a long-awaited Hamilton episode of Drunk History, "Millennials: The Musical," and finally the release of the entire Hamilton Mixtape album. All this on top of Moana, which became one of my all-time favorite Disney movies within minutes of it beginning. That's so much joy!
Hamilton has inspired me so much, both professionally and personally. Because of that, I decided to make a Hamilton-themed banner for my sewing room to remind me to always work hard and to continue striving to find my place in quilting. And because I assume you love Hamilton too, here are instructions for how you can make your own! I made this project using two Sizzix dies, but if you don't have access to a Sizzix you can order letters and stars from Benzie Design, which is where I get all my felt!
-1/2 yard of yellow fabric
-One 9x12" piece of black felt
-Fat quarter of fusible fleece
-Fat quarter of heat and bond
-Three Felt-Feti Stars from Benzie Design
-Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Block Talk Capital or Felt-Feti Letters from Benzie Design
-9 1/4" dowel rod
Fuse heat and bond to your felt and use Sizzix Block Talk Capital die to cut all the letters needed. Or, apply heat and bond to Benzie Design Felt-Feti Letters and carefully cut excess heat and bond away from letters. Repeat with your stars.
Using painter's tape as your guide, make a small mark at the beginning of where you plan to put each letter.
Remove the heat and bond paper backing from each letter and iron the letters onto your fabric one at a time, using your painter's tape as your guide. Make sure to only iron the top half of each letter right now - do not touch your iron to any part of your painter's tape!
After you've ironed down the top half of each letter, remove your painter's tape and iron down the entire word. Repeat these steps for all three words.
Machine stitch each letter down the middle. Bury threads as you go.
Using a clear ruler, measure 3" from the top and right side of the "G" in "YOUNG" and mark along both sides of the ruler with a water dissolvable pencil. Repeat this step measuring 3" above and to the left side of the "Y" in "YOUNG."
Using your clear ruler, measure 2.5" below "HUNGRY" and mark on the vertical line on each side. This mark is the guide for your next step.
Line up the 45 degree angle mark of your clear ruler on the vertical line on one side of your banner, matching up the edge of your ruler with the mark you made in STEP 7. Mark along the 45 degree angle. Repeat this on the other vertical line. The picture on the right is what your marks should look like now.
Trim your fabric 1" beyond your pencil marks on all sides.
Fuse your stars to the banner now that you have the lower triangle marked. Sew stars in place.
Using the front of your banner as a guide, cut out the back of the banner from your yellow fabric and cut out fusible fleece in the same shape.
Fuse the fleece to the banner front and quilt as you like, then trim 1/2" off each side of the banner front once you are done quilting.
Clip the quilted banner front to the banner back, right sides together. Sew together on all sides using a 1/2" seam. Make sure to leave a 3-4" opening along one side, backstitching at the beginning and end of the opening. You can see my opening between the blue clips in the picture below.
Turn your banner inside out and press all sides, making sure to carefully press your opening in so it is even with the rest of the banner. Top stitch around all sides of the banner using a 1/4" seam, backstitching at the beginning and end. Bury your threads. Attach a pole pocket to the back, cut your dowel rod to approximately 9 1/4" and drill eye hooks into each side, and tie embroidery floss to both eye hooks. And you're done!
My Hamilton banner will hang right next to my sewing space as my reminder to WERK! Do you love Hamilton? What's your favorite song? If you make a Hamilton Banner, make sure to tag it with #hamiltonbanner and #sonicstitchesquilts so I can see your beautiful mini quilts!