That’s my motto, here’s my banner

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No is a great word. No to unreas­on­able people. No I don’t want to do that. Just no. I teach 13 year olds for a living and I would get nowhere without no. If I meant maybe, I would say maybe. Put your phone away please Flori­an. Were you listen­ing to the instruc­tions or were you talk­ing to Moritz? Alina can you stop doing that please, it’s very annoy­ing.

There’s lots of cute motiv­a­tion­al banners around with Good Vibes Only! You Can Do It! You Go Girl! on them, but really, that’s not what’s needed. Crush­ing negat­iv­ity on a jet black back­ground please.

I was going for an aesthet­ic that was part fancy pony, part Victori­an funer­al. I origin­ally wanted some marble pattern black watered silk for the back­ground to go full funeral/​altarcloth, but it turned out to be really expens­ive, so I just got plain black.

Here I am hold­ing the banner after I finished sewing it, with weird swollen allergy joints on my hand. I did some of it at a craft club, and sever­al people asked me “did you make this because you’re always saying yes to people”, and I laughed. The oppos­ite in fact.

Here is the template to save and print out. It should meas­ure roughly 20x25cm. It’s provided free of charge, but you may not use it for any commer­cial purposes, only person­al projects. I’ve writ­ten the instruc­tions assum­ing you can sew, if you can’t maybe you should start else­where, this is fiddly to make for begin­ners. (Although there are links for how to do the embroid­ery stitches).


Black fabric 30x30cm
Iron-on inter­fa­cing 30x30cm
Grey felt 20x10cm
White pompom trim 75cm
White frill trim 75cm
White embroid­ery floss
25cm dowel
Black cord
Black sewing thread
White sewing thread
Embroid­ery needle with larger eye
Stand­ard needle

  1. Iron inter­fa­cing onto the back of fabric
  2. Cut out back­ground shape
  3. Cut out N and O from the felt
  4. Baste the felt letters onto the back­ground using a contrast­ing thread
  5. Using the whole skein of embroid­ery floss, decor­ate the edge of the letters with one row of blanket stitch
  6. Contin­ue decor­at­ing the letters with two rows of chain stitch, and unpick the tempor­ary bast­ing
  7. Sew the frilly trim onto the back of the back­ground using black thread
  8. Sew the pompom trim onto the front using white thread, to hide the raw edge of the fabric (I messed this up a bit in one place but it doesn’t notice too bad)
  9. Turn over the top of the banner and stitch down with black thread to create the hanging loop. (I also used some bias bind­ing here, which isn’t strictly neces­sary.
  10. Put a dowel through the loop, and attach string to hang.

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