We all know that time flies, particularly in the summer. Let’s slow down and savor the summer with every stitch! The new Summer Flies By Embroidery PDF Pattern is the final seasonal banner pattern of The Banner Year project with the School of Wool Facebook group.

Betz white Summer Flies By Banner

The summer banner features 3 appliquéd bugs, a dragonfly, a moth and a bee. Each appliqué is created with layers of felt and basic embroidery stitches. For the banner fabric, I used a vintage pillowcase but anything could be used such as linen, quilting cotton, etc. I chose a felt color palette inspired by the fabric but a bit bolder to visually pop off the background. I also used a wooden knitting needle instead of a dowel to hang my banner. It was handy and I love the look of it!


betz white summer flies by banner

I couldn’t resist adding a little yarn tassel at the point of the banner. You can find my tassel tutorial in my last blog post. An alternative would be to make a tassel using floss from you embroidery instead of yarn.


betz white summer flies by in hoops

And if you’d like a no-sew option, instructions are included for displaying your flying friends in individual hoops instead of making the banner. Here I’ve used small pieces of vintage sheets from my stash as the backgrounds.

The pattern is now available in my Etsy shop! If you use Facebook and you’re not a member of the School of Wool group, I encourage you to join us! I’ll be sharing extra tips for stitching our little bugaboos there.

P.S. Curious about the other Banners? You can check out: Autumn, Winter, and Spring.