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We are so excited to have created our first physical – not digital – product, in collaboration with St. Tabitha’s Workshop, a wonderful source for handmade, Orthodox-themed, fabric items.
It is a Lady Lent hanging banner, made out of fleece fabric, based on the Greek Lenten tradition of Kira-Sarakosti. It works like an Advent calendar, to count down the weeks from Clean Monday to Pascha.
Lady Lent’s feet are removable. Each Sunday of Great Lent one leg is removed and placed inside Lady’s pocket. When all the legs are gone, it is Pascha!
Special thanks to Christina Romas – Connant, for giving us permission to use her poem “Easter is a special time” on the wall hanging. It is included in the children’s book Since God Loves you and You Know It… Sing Out Loud!, a wonderful teaching resource for young children.
You can order a finished banner at “St. Tabitha’s Workshop” ETSY store.
For a very easy DIY project, our fabric can be ordered from “St. Tabitha’s Workshop” SPOONFLOWER shop, to cut and make your own banner. All the instructions are printed on the fabric and there is very little to no sewing required.
There are many ways to make the banner, either sewing it or not.
Here we will demonstrate a very quick and easy way that requires no sewing, and can be done together with the kids. After you cut out all the pieces, you can use fabric glue to attach the pocket on Lady’s skirt and self-adhesive Velcro dots (hook and loop) to attach the legs. We have used a clothes’ hanger for hanging, but you could alternatively use a hanging rod or staple ribbon pieces on top.
For one banner, you will need to order a “fat quarter” of fabric. For multiple banners, change the amount to yard and indicate how many yards you wish to order – the display will change to show what will be printed.
We recommend using fleece fabric, as it is sturdy, doesn’t fray, and is soft and cuddly for the little ones.
Cut out all the banner pieces.
Spread glue all around the back side of the pocket, but not across the top. Position pocket on Lady’s skirt and press down to glue.
Stick Velcro dots on the top part of the legs (front side) and on the bottom part of Lady’s skirt (back side).
Spread glue on the top edge of the banner. Fold top part of banner over hanger and press down to glue.
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