I've mentioned on this blog before that we celebrate Jewish and Christian holidays around our house. Aside from the retro Advent calendar (or four), I really must make for Christmas 2014, we've got lots of Christmas stuff. But, beyond the several menorahs (I don't know quite how they accumulate), we don't have much for Hanukkah. Enter late-night Pinterest browsing.
After Pinteresting for a month or so, I decided my favorite banner I'd seen was one made my Land of Nod in some year past. Using that one for inspiration and this blogger's applique tutorial, more or less, I got...
Seriously, does it get any cuter?!?! Even considering the fact that the large Star of David pocket is oh, so slightly tilted?
The main panel and each pocket are double-sided with fusible web in between. I managed to construct it all from six 9x11 sheets of colored felt in greens and blues (and one yellow) and one large 1/2 yard piece of felt from the roll (72"). The ribbons and thread I had on hand. After years of collecting crafting supplies that I never used because I didn't have time, these stashes are paying off!
The candles are designed to be pulled out of their pockets the night they are lit. But the pockets can also hold a small treat of some kind...like gelt. The chocolate only indiscriminate children will eat.
Poor Hanukkah got a bit of the shaft this year while we did our Thanksgiving traveling for most of it, but the banner did get some action at the end of the holiday.