holiday banner

One question I get asked quite frequently is

Where did you get your Halloween/Christmas banner?

Well, let’s just say . . .
I have an amazing bestie that made me one for Halloween
and for Christmas last year.


Need a refresher at what they look like?

remember in yesterday’s post how i said my halloween decor consisted of orange, black and a splash of green? yeah, this is the depth of my decorating. :)

I do need to add that I love having certain decor that will go with every holiday and every day in between. If you notice, I have the frame for my subway art (you can get them HERE), the star, candles, and lantern. And then there’s a clock there too, that goes with everything as well.

Oh, and one more thing, Kristy made this to go on my fireplace mantle, but because I wanted people to see it on the main floor, I put it on my 1913 upright piano. Looks great there too. :) But you could put it on a cabinet, buffet, wherever.

So recently, I’ve had some people–who I think are getting ready to prepare for their holidays and gift giving–ask me if I knew how to make them.

Um. The answer would be no.

However, I did ask Miss Kristy Banks herself and she happily obliged with some instructions. Of course, she’s a a little seamstress and figured this out on her own after seeing a photo herself. So all this is written by Kristy. Please don’t ask me for clarification. lol

Oh, and here’s a closeup of the top of the scarf.

So, without further ado, if’n ya wanna make a Halloween (or Christmas) banner for yourself?
Here’s what to do:

Holiday Mantle Scarf

This is a general set of directions so fill in the missing pieces on your own and good luck! After you sew all the triangular banners and pin them into place, it’s kind of like sewing a big long pillow.

I used 6 different patterned fabrics for a 5 foot scarf. There were two banners made for each fabric. I sewed 1/2″ seams on everything. I made patterns for the triangular banners out of butcher paper and cut each piece with a rotary blade, self healing mat and clear plexiglass straight edge.

Measure the length of the mantel and divide by 7. This number PLUS 1″ will be the width of the top of each triangle banner. You will need seven 25″ banners and six 20″ banners. The long ones go in the back and the shorter ones go in the front. If you have a mantle that is seven feet or longer I would use more flags rather than making them super fat.

Add 15-20″ to the length of the mantle  and cut two pieces of fabric that length and 12″ wide. Find the center point and measure out equal distance the length of the mantle. The excess length on each end will be the part that hangs down off the sides of the mantle. Using a straight edge and a rotary blade, cut from the edge of the fabric where the measurement for the excess begins to the center point between the two edges creating an angle. Repeat on the other side and again on the opposite end of the mantle scarf. This creates the pointed end that hangs down off each side of the mantle. This fabric piece is the scarf that all the banners will be sewn to. The pointed end will have a tassel sewn into it.  Confused? Look at a picture and it should help.

Put right sides together and sew each triangle.  Turn right side out making sure to make the point look nice. Press each triangle very well.

Starting in center of mantle scarf, pin long banner pieces into place on one side and in between where the fabric angles off, keeping each piece equal distance away. Next pin short banner pieces into place in between each long banner. Remember there are only six of these so they will not go all the way down the side. Baste the banners into place or if you’re like me, just start sewing the whole mantle scarf together. You will need to fold the banners up into themselves to get them out of the way so you don’t accidentally catch them into your seams. Sew around the whole scarf slipping the tassels into the end points as you go. BUT leave an opening in the side about ten inches long so you can turn it right side out. Turn it right side out and press it really well.I like to use starch. Sew up the opening by hand or with  your machine. Hand sew jingle bells or large beads to the point of each banner.

If you can figure it out with these crazy instructions then, congratulations! Enjoy!

2017-10-12T12:57:16+00:00October 3rd, 2012|projects, sewing|25 Comments


  1. Rhadonda October 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I always LOVED Kristy Banks style and creativity seeing her pages back in the QVC and CK magazine days. Sure do miss seeing her work around. I have even tried to find if she has a blog (though i know she has a big family and must be extremely busy). Love the Christmas scarf. I wish we could see it held up but i will attempt to make one by her directions. Thanks for sharing Kristy!

  2. Elaine Bowman October 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I just wish I had a Mantle to put one one!

    • Kerri October 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

      I put mine on my piano instead of my mantle. :)
      You could put it on a buffet or cabinet of some kind too.

  3. Lisa October 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    love these. Might try to make one for Hanukkah!

    • Kerri October 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Oh yeah, and Lisa…if you make one for Hanukkah, please share! I’d love to see how it turns out! :)

  4. Alis in Wnderlnd October 4, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I sort of understand these directions, but will have to figure out the math to see if it all works out for my mantle.

    Are these two banners that are layered and sewn together? Or are they two different banners that are individually placed on the mantle together?

    • Kerri October 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

      The two sets of banners are all sewn together with the top mantle scarf piece.
      Does that help? I should probably take a close up of the corner/end of it and add it to this post. :)

  5. Sheri E. October 5, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Yes, Kerri, please do take a picture of the corner/side so I can understand that better. Depending on the fabrics chosen it could be anything from whimsical to elegant. Love it!

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  7. Sue D. October 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

    This is so pretty. I’ve made banners for my grandson’s birthday and for Halloween, but this one is perfect for the top of the antique cedar chest in my house. Thanks for sharing directions to a lovely, grown-up mantel.

  8. Kim in Vacaville October 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Beautiful! I would love to see a picture of the mantle scarf held up so as to see what the top looks like.

  9. Wendy Diem October 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Yes, a picture of the sides and the top would be great! I think the directions would be more clear then. They’re beautiful!!

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  12. Victoria September 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    My mantel is only 8 inches deep. Would I adjust the 12″ width on the long piece of fabric for it to fit appropriately?

  13. Lori September 22, 2014 at 9:33 am

    is interfacing used ?

  14. Kerri September 22, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I don’t believe interfacing is used. My friend made it, but I’ve never felt anything stiff. And Victoria, I would think 8″ would be fine. I know she made one for her and one for me differently.

  15. Laurel September 23, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I’m definitely going to have to try making one of these when I get done with my six million other projects in the works right now! Thanks for the instructions! :)

  16. kristine November 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you it was fun to make and is so festive just what my plain white mantle needed

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  19. Neva September 23, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I’m not a seamstress, but have enjoyed this project so far, I’m not quite finished. My mantle is only 7″ deep and the scarf seems really heavy for that width. did you have to anchor the scarf or does it just sit on the piano?

    • Kerri September 23, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Mine can fall forward, but since I put the decorations on top, it holds it down.

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