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How to Make a Canvas Banner with Cricut HTV

There are some things that you can make that are small and easy to DIY, but look amazing. This canvas banner ticks all the boxes, as well as being inexpensive to make. They’re not huge, so it’s easy to find wall space for them, and because they’re neutral they go with virtually any decor. It’s also a simple way to add a little fall flavor (or Christmas or Spring) to your home. Or to highlight a quote. I make these to sell at craft fairs and they sell like crazy at $12 ea. In this super simple tutorial I’ll show you how to cut, sew, and assemble a canvas banner, PLUS how to use heat transfer vinyl to add a design. You’ll see how crazy easy it is to make a canvas banner with Cricut HTV!

No Cricut? No problem!

You can add ready-made iron on’s, stencils with fabric paint, or skip the words altogether and add felt flowers. They really are a blank canvas!

How to Make a Canvas Banner with Cricut HTV



Step One: Cut the canvas into a banner shape.

Using the cutting mat and cutting ruler cut a strip 8″ wide and then cut a rectangle 12″ in length. Cut one side of the rectangle to a point that measures 4″ in from the sides and is at the same angle on both sides. I use a sharpie and actually draw my template right on my mat.

Step Two: Sew the pocket at the top for a dowel.

Choose either a contrasting or coordinating thread color. It depends on if you want to see your sewing or if you’d like to have it blend in. Fold over the top 2″ of your banner. Using your sewing machine, sew along the edge about 1″ from the top of the banner.

Step Three: Continue to sew the edge of the banner.

At the edge of the banner, lower the needle on your sewing machine and pivot the banner so that you can sew along the edge, creating about 1/4″ of a seam allowance on right. Continue to sew, following the edge, pivoting as necessary until you reach the point where you started to sew. Anchor stitch or reverse stitch to finish and then trim the threads.

Step Four: Download the .SVG file (if not using a Cricut skip to step 10 to finish the banner ).

In the Creative Resource Library select the Stay Cozy SVG file from the SVG section and download it to your computer.

Step Five: Upload to Cricut Design Space.

In Cricut Design Space, open up a new canvas and select “upload” from the side tool bar. Next, select “browse” and grab your .svg file. In your uploads select the new file and click “insert image.”

Step Six: Select all and then size your image and click “attach”.

Drag your cursor over the entire image to select it all and then click attach. In the width box under “size” type in 5″ across.

Step Seven: Make it! Mirror it! And prep your mat.

Go ahead and click on the “Make it” button. On the next screen, make sure to toggle on the “mirror image” so that your design is reversed. Then cut a piece of heat transfer vinyl (htv) the size of your image. Use a green or light blue mat and place the vinyl shiny side down. Check the placement of your image on the screen and load your mat.

Step Eight: Cut and weed the design.

Follow the prompts in Design Space to cut your design. When it’s done cutting, unload your mat. Flip the mat over and peel it from your design. Then using a weeding tool peel off the part of the image you don’t want to keep (the negative space).

Step Nine: Iron on the design.

You can look online to find the right temps for your iron or heat press. In the video, I show how to find that info using the Easy Press heat settings guide from Cricut. Set the temp and timer and then iron on the heat transfer vinyl following the recommendations. Peel off the plastic transfer sheet and voila! Almost done!!!

Step Ten: Prep the dowel.

Using a saw or a heavy duty prune cutters, cut the dowel a little shy of 9″. Sand the ends.

ProTip: If you use a pine dowel, staining the dowel is a much richer look. If you choose to use an oak or poplar dowel, you don’t need to stain it, because the wood has natural color.

Step Eleven: Assemble the banner.

Slide the dowel through the pocket at the top of the banner. Using your jute twine (or string), measure out 4-5″ of allowance, and then tie a knot around one end. Measure out approximately 23″, and cut the twine. Again, leaving 4-5″ of allowance, tie a knot around the other side of the dowel.

Step Twelve: Optionally, seal the edges and hot glue the twine to the dowel.

This is an optional step to control the fray at the edge of your banner. I do this only when I plan on selling the banners. Using your Mod Podge, fray check, or watered down glue, brush a small amount along the back edge of the banner, using a foam brush. Apply it sparingly, it dries stiff. If the canvas ripples on edge, because of the sealer, you’ll need to either press it gently with a low iron and press cloth, or you’ll have to try and press it flat with some books.

Another little tip is to add a drop of hot glue to the dowel at each end and then slide the twine on top of it. Or you could use the Mod Podge for this as well. This will ensure that the twine doesn’t slide off the ends of the dowel. Which is especially nice when you’re transporting several of them for a show.

Living Room Example of How to Decorate with the Canvas Wall Banner with Cricut HTV
Embrace the Season with this Little Bit of Fall for your Wall.

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Again, for the svg file Stay Cozy, please visit the Creative Resource Library. I have these files, but also LOTS of other printables, cut files, templates, and more. You can get the password by subscribing below. It’s free and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Also, remember that you can choose to embellish the banner with a stencil or appliqué, an iron-on design, felt florals, and more. You don’t need to use a Cricut for this project!

For More Inspiration…

For more simple projects to create to sell, check out my Crafts to Make and Sell Pinterest Board. And for another simple sewing project featuring canvas, be sure to check out my Super Simple Sewn Bunting post. I’d love to have you check them out, and then follow me on Pinterest too!

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3 thoughts on “How to Make a Canvas Banner with Cricut HTV”

  1. Love this project. Thank you! The Minnesota svg one is perfect too, as I’m from there! Easy to follow tutorials.

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