Reversible DIY Felt Banner for Halloween

Learn how to make a DIY felt banner for Halloween. Free cut files and printable version available!

Some years I’m super into Halloween crafting and other years not so much. As I write, I have pumpkins sitting on my porch waiting to be carved and I’m hoping they’re not rotten already.

This is my first attempt at Halloween decor so far this year. Maybe I need to watch some spooky movies to get more in the mood for my favorite holiday.

This banner has a subtle spooky look with a moon and star adorning one side and the other featuring a palmistry hand. It’s perfect for Halloween, but I’m willing to bet that it’s going to end up in a certain daughter’s boho room.

diy felt banner for halloween

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I hand drew the hand (haha) in Adobe Fresco, a new drawing app for the iPad. It seemed like a good time to test out the vector brush and how it works with Adobe Illustrator. If you’re into that kind of thing, look for a post about it on my art blog.

How to Make a Felt Banner for Halloween

Scroll down for cut files and printable files.

Supplies Needed:

supplies for felt banner

A quick note about using silver or metallic vinyl. It looks horrible with the plastic backing on it, but I love how the finished product looks. Don’t let the shiny backing scare you from using it. It’s much prettier when applied!

showing shininess of silver htv for moon design

Prep Work

  1. Cut your dowel to size if needed. I cut a longer one to about 14″, but the 12″ ones I listed above will work just fine.
  2. Lay out your design in your cutting software to efficiently use a sheet of vinyl.
  3. Don’t forget to mirror your design. This only matters if you want your hand and moon to face a certain way.
  4. Load your HTV onto your mat SHINY SIDE DOWN. (Use washi tape to hold the vinyl in place if your mat isn’t very sticky.) cutting htv with silhouette
  5. Send to cut. I use the settings of 2,8, and 9 on a Silhouette.

Making the DIY Felt Banner

  1. Iron your felt on a low setting to remove creases. ironing felt
  2. Mark the felt with chalk for cutting. I made mine about 13″ wide by 18″ long. Your dowel length will determine your width (leave 1/2″ on each side for the string.) I would make the banner at least 20″ long if you filled your entire 12″ mat with the HTV design.use chalk to mark where to cut on felt
  3. Cut the felt along the lines.cutting gray felt for banner
  4. Fold the felt in half lengthwise and use the chalk to draw an angled line to form the banner shape. draw line on felt with chalk to create flag shape
  5. Cut along the line. flag shape cut from felt
  6. Fold the top of the banner over the dowel and pin, leaving wiggle space (felt doesn’t slide against wood!)pin felt over to create pocket for dowel
  7. Sew the edge where you just pinned. (You could alternatively use Stitch Witchery and iron the edge – just give yourself more space to fold over.)sewing pocket on felt banner for hanging dowel
  8. Trim any stray strings.
  9. Slip the dowel into the pocket you just sewed.dowel in pocket on felt banner

Applying Heat Transfer Vinyl to the Felt Banner

  1. Cut the designs apart, leaving a little space around the edge of each design. cut htv designs apart
  2. Peel away the larger parts.weeding htv design
  3. Use a weeding pick to remove the smaller parts. using weeding tool to remove tiny parts on palmistry hand design
  4. Place the weeded design into place on the banner, plastic side up. htv hand design on felt banner
  5. Iron the design on medium heat for about 10 seconds, paying special attention to the edges. (You can see the vinyl attaching to the fabric and pulling away from the plastic. It may look bubbly under the plastic.)ironing htv onto felt banner
  6. Peel away the plastic. Replace it and iron some more if the vinyl isn’t attached.peeling away plastic from htv design of hand
  7. If you’re doing both designs, flip it over and restart the process. felt banner with moon and star

Finishing Up

  1. Cut a length of baker’s twine and tie it to each end of the dowel. attaching black and white bakers twine to dowel to hang felt banner
  2. Hang and enjoy.
moon and star banner with wicker pumpkin
vintage palmistry inspired banner

Other DIY Felt Banner Variation Ideas

  • Use other designs for other holidays.
  • Use jute twine instead of baker’s twine for a more rustic look.
  • Use felt instead of HTV and hand-sew it (or glue it.) It won’t be reversible due to the stitches.
moon banner for halloween with pumpkin

Download the Halloween Cut Files

All downloads are for personal use only. Please do not redistribute or sell files.

I’ve included both PNG and JPEG versions as well as SVG, DXF, EPS files and the Silhouette cut files since the hand design is tricky to use with the DXF file. Cut files can be resized as desired.

The files are all packaged in a handy zip file.

For best results, print scaled to 100%.

Palmistry Hand and Moon Cut Files

Printable Files

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1 thought on “Reversible DIY Felt Banner for Halloween”

  1. This is a wonderful idea! The banner looks both spooky and fun and I can see how much energy, love and creativity you’ve put into this project. I really enjoyed reading your blog post and I think I’ll give this project a go. Thank you so much for sharing all the details about it!

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