I started off functioning on these “Love Not War” banners just a handful of times soon after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. I began with the Ukrainian flag colors, but before long recognized that there had been other countries at war right now, with innocent individuals dying and refugees fleeing. Especially, in Syria and Afghanistan. So I researched the hues of people flags, and added yet another banner.

Then anti-LGBTQ legislation at home, here in the US, took a flip for the worse with the “Don’t say gay” invoice staying passed in Florida, amongst almost 250 other anti-gay and transgender payments that have been submitted this year so significantly. The war versus any person not straight, white, and Christian will unquestionably guide to families leaving their households to travel to safe and sound locations. But even additional relating to will be the improved hazard of suicide for LGBTQ teenagers who by now are at an greater possibility. And not because of how they identify, but since of how they are mistreated and stigmatized in society.

Love not War fabric banner DIY. Raise money for Save the Children.

Most a short while ago, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is set to finish 50 years of women’s reproductive rights in June with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. This is a war on girls, who will be at bigger chance of dying (being pregnant is 14 occasions more lethal than abortion) and who will have to flee their state to uncover safe and sound access to abortion. And also a war on the youngsters who will be born into a nation that UNICEF has rated 37th out of 41 in childhood poverty. A place that will not help you if you are weak, black, homosexual, or an immigrant.

It looks I could maintain make these banners just about every 7 days, which is bleak and pretty unsettling.

I have been striving to determine out a way to give these banners away though also raising dollars for organizations that help kids in war torn countries, but it is been tricky to figure out just a single firm. I have at last decided to decide on the humanitarian corporation, Save the Little ones. Their basis is centered on the belief that all small children have the proper to expand up nutritious, educated and secure. They function in in excess of 100 international locations, which include the US, to give young children a healthful start in lifetime, the possibility to discover, and protection from harm. I sense like Help save the Young children is a superior in shape for supporting this undertaking.

These days I am launching a fundraiser / giveaway on my @artbarblog Instagram web site. It will operate for a 7 days, but if you overlook it be sure to consider donating any amount, even $5, to the link below. Thank you!

Using old shirts, colorful fabric to make "Love not War" banners.

How to make “Love Not War” banners

Source listing

~ Previous shirts, clothes, sheets, material (go to the thrift shop if you never have just about anything!)

~ Design paper

~ Scissors

~ Watercolor and/or liquid watercolor

~ Brushes

~ Stitch Witchery

~ Straight pins

~ Stitching device

~ Wood dowels

Painting old fabric shirts to make "Love not War" banners.


1. Select your colors. Did you know that the flags of the Middle East mostly have the similar colors? Red, white, eco-friendly and black. Not all, but Syria and Afghanistan share those people colors. So I tested these shades moreover blues and yellows on scraps, then painted even larger items. I sooner or later included the rainbow colours. Permit almost everything dry overnight.

Painting old fabric shirts to make "Love not War" banners.

Painting old fabric shirts to make "Love not War" banners.

Painting old fabric shirts to make "Love not War" banners.

Cutting letters from paper as templates to make "Love not War" banners from old shirts.

2. Make your paper templates. My banner template is about 12 X 17 inches. I freehand drew my letters, making use of a ruler to make lines very first so that they had been the exact top. Although, the term in the center is smaller sized than the top and base terms. This was just a design choice.

DIY "Love not War" banner made from old shirts.

DIY "Love not War" banner made from old shirts.

3. Slice out your banner form (minimize 2 for each banner) and fabric letters and arrange them on to the banner. This took me a even though because I kept changing the color get and sequence. But I do love the way they all turned out!

Using stitch witchery to adhere fabric letters on "Love Not War" banners made with old shirts.

4. Use a very hot iron and some Sew Witchery (a fusible bonding, like double sticky tape) to adhere the letters onto the fabric. I initial tried out to use pins, but the watercolor makes the material rigid, and the pins then produced holes that I couldn’t fix. So the Sew Witchery labored terrific.

Sewing on fabric letters to "Love Not War" DIY banner made with old shirts.

5. Sew on the letters.

Sewing the fabric "Love Not War" DIY banner made with old shirts.

6. Pin the back again and front to every single other and sew them collectively, leaving an opening at the leading.

Sewing the fabric "Love Not War" DIY banner made with old shirts.

7. Trim the corners.

Sewing the fabric "Love Not War" DIY banner made with old shirts.

8. Flip the banner outside the house in. Use a straight pin to carefully pull the corners out, that’s the trickiest part.

Sewing the fabric "Love Not War" DIY banner made with old shirts.

9. Iron the seams flat.

Sewing the fabric "Love Not War" DIY banner made with old shirts.

10. Fold more than the top rated and make a hem for the dowel.

DIY "Love not War" banner for Ukraine, made from old shirts.

11. Insert your dowel and some string or twine for a hanger.

DIY "Love not War" banner, made from old shirts.

DIY "Love not War" banner, made from old shirts.

I’m really delighted with the way these turned out. They are selfmade seeking which presents them a ton of character, but also strong and will (ideally) very last a long time. Additionally they are made with fully repurposed components, which makes them inherently loaded with enjoy.

Remember to consider donated to Conserve The Little ones! Thank you!!

xo Bar

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