GO DJOKO GO
(BEST HAIR IN TENNIS)
And the other says:
GO DOUBLES GO
(BEST HANDS IN TENNIS)
Step Two: I cut out large enough letters from a magazine and used these to make cardboard templates, I couldn't find all the letters the correct size in the mag but I used the T to help me draw the H, and the O to help me do the U, and so on. The cardboard letters made sure all my lettering was uniform in size and style, and was a really good idea, also I can use them again.
Step Three: Perhaps not surprisingly step three involves using the cardboard templates to cut the letters out fabric. First I raided my mums fabric boxes and collected pretty scraps of green and pink fabric (a colour scheme helps IMO) to use for the lettering. I drew around the cardboard letters (on the wrong side of the fabric) and then cut them out (with some scissors), alternating green and pink fabric as I went. I then drew some card board templates for the flag (a rectangle intially, then I made the sides slightly curved to soften the edges) and the tennis rackets (large oval shapes extended downwards). Then I looked online for the flag designs (accuracy being the hallmark of all good banner making) and raided the fabric boxes again to get the new colours I needed). I found cutting the flags out the trickiest element, and they were all different designs I didn't want to create a new card template for each (such as the Serbian flag which is three stripes, and the template would be cut into three horizontal strips), so I used the basic template the get the size and shape correct but had to fiddle about with the various elements I had to cut out.
Step Four: Pause and pose for a photograph. (sigh)
Step Five: Attempt to sew the letters to the background several times including machine zig zag stitch and hand sewn only to realise, after several hours, that you own fabric glue.
Step Six: Use fabric glue to stick letters and flags to background. Helpful to have a little glue spreader to use (I used a small piece of cardboard) to spread the glue evenly over the fabric. I also managed to spread the glue all over the book I was using to lean on (I was sat crossed legged on the living room floor), others may take head and decide to use the kitchen table- but that ain't my style.
Step Seven: My banner was double sided so I had folded a piece of fabric in half (if you do the same, make sure you glue the letters on the right way up on each side) so now I need to sew the edges. Which I did.
Step Eight: This is when I finally ironed my fabric- again others may chose to do it before they sew, but I do not. Also when I realised I'd forgotten to add our names to the banner- which I did in biro.
Step Nine: Spend five hours on a coach to get to London, then head to the O2 arena, eat your little packed lunch, and wave your banner like there's no tomorrow. Until you finally realise that up in the cheap seats there's no way anyone can see you.