Custom fabric banners spread professional or personal announcements to everyone nearby. Set these banners up in front of your store or home to advertise a sale or a family event. Cloth banners are the perfect addition to parties, conferences, and other social gatherings. While many banners use vinyl material, these signs use a knitted fabric so that the print looks great and light will not reflect off the graphic. This makes these types of banners perfect for photo backdrops and trade show displays. Not only do these banners look great, but they also last a long time. Your personal design will not scratch or peel off and we offer different types of fabric materials to suit indoor and outdoor settings.
Where to Use Custom Fabric Banners
One of the most popular locations for these banners is in a trade show setting. Due to the durability of the material, you can store these banners and reuse them for several expos. Many companies hang them inside or above their booth to draw potential customers to their setup. These banners are also popular in retail stores that are having a sale or launching a new product. Displaying a colorful, eye-catching banner outside your store or at the entrance will entice customers to come in and see what you have to offer. While these banners are common for businesses, many people also use them at parties. Celebrate someone’s birthday, retirement, or anniversary by hanging one of these fabric banners from your ceiling or mantle.
Custom Cloth Banners for Better Photos
If you are hosting an event where a lot of pictures will be taken for social media or company websites, these signs are your best option. All our material options do not reflect light, allowing the print to be easily seen in photos. This is especially helpful if you are using flash photography or are setting these banners up outdoors. This function allows your message to be seen by more people.
Consider how you want to set up your banner. Some customers wish to use their banner with hardware while others want to hang them with bungee cords from a ceiling or wall. Think about which option works best for your setting and choose a finishing to match:
Grommets: If you want to use bungee cords to hang your custom fabric banner from the wall or ceiling, choose getting grommets in either the four corners or around the perimeter of the banner. If the sign is long, we suggest the latter option.
Pole Pockets: If you are using a banner stand that includes pole sets, we recommend adding pole pockets to your cloth banner. If your stand includes one pole set, you can get a pocket on the top. If your hardware includes two sets, you can get the pole pockets on the top and the bottom.
Hemmed Sides: You can either add hemmed sides to one of the previous finishing options or, if you are not using hardware to set up your banner, you can get hemmed sides by themselves. Having the sides hemmed prevents them from tearing.
Cut Sides: For a simple finishing, you can have all the sides cut alone or have the sides cut with the pole pocket option. Getting the sides cut without hems creates thin edges that are perfect for use in a frame or on a canvas. They are also ideal for light indoor use.
Custom Fabric Banners Material Options
Our fabric banners come in four material options. Think about where you plan on displaying your signs and for how long. If you want to place your banner outdoors, such as in front of your house or business, we have an Outdoor Flag Polyester option. This is the same tear-resistant, lightweight material that we use for our outdoor flags, so you know that it is strong enough to handle the outdoors. This material also has an excellent thru-print for single-reverse printing. This means that we print the custom design on one side of the banner and the reverse image bleeds through to the other side. This print technique is popular for state and international flags. Another durable fabric option we offer is the Premium Opaque Polyester, which is perfect for long-term indoor and light outdoor setups. This material is great for double-sided printing as it is opaque. This version is also flame-retardant to accommodate with some trade show regulations.
We also offer more affordable fabric materials. Because many fabric banners are for indoor settings and functions, such as trade show booths and parties at event venues, we offer economic materials so that you do not have to overpay for premium fabrics you do not need. We have a Display Polyester, which is perfect for setting up your banner on a canvas or with other indoor hardware. This material is also flame-retardant, making it an ideal option for trade shows and conferences. We also have our economic Standard Polyester material, which is a knitted fabric common for display use. Both options are semi-opaque.
Single & Double Sided Fabric Banners
Our all our material options are available in either single-reverse or double-sided printing. With single-reverse printing, we print your custom banner design on one side of the banner material. The mirror image of the print bleeds through to the other side of the fabric. This allows people to see your personal design from both angles of the sign, but the reverse side has the image look more faded. This is an affordable fabric banner printing technique that is popular among designs that do not include a lot of text, such as popular stock flag designs and state flags.
The upgraded double-sided option offers a cleaner, more professional looking image on both sides. We print your image on two separate layers of material and sew them together. To avoid one side being visible from the other, an inner liner is sewn between the two layers. This also prevents light from shining through. This way, your complete design is correctly presented on both ends. We suggest choosing this option for graphics that include a lot of important text. Keep in mind that since this banner option will include two layers rather than one, it will be heavier compared to a single-reverse version.
How to Display Your Fabric Banner
The way you display your cloth banner depends on the type of finishing you choose. If you want to hang your banner from a wall, ceiling, or on a post, choose adding grommets to your banner corners or all around the perimeter. This allows you to hang your banner with bungee cords. The cords wrap around the opening of the banner while the grommet protects the sides from pulling. If you would like to display your fabric banner on a stand you have, you can add pole pockets to the top or the top and bottom depending on how many pole sets are included. The poles easily slide through the pockets without any hassle. If you want to place your banner in a frame or on a canvas as part of your home or office décor, you can just have the sides cut. This will leave the edges thin enough to easily insert inside a frame or staple to the back of a canvas. You do not have to use hardware to display your fabric signs. Some customers just like draping them over tables or tacking them to a wall. In this case you can either get the sides cut or get them hemmed. Having the sides hemmed allows the edges of banner to last longer because they are resistant to tearing.
Care & Cleaning
How do you clean your fabric banners if they get dirty? The polyester banners are washable, but there are cautions to be aware of. First, washing machines should be on the cold water setting and you need to use a mild, color-safe detergent and color-catcher. Do not use bleach. If you are using your banner with a banner stand, place the banner on the frame after you remove it from the washer so that the fabric does not shrink. For other options, hang the banner to dry. Do not fold the banner when it is wet. Taking these precautions will keep your print in great conditions for repeated use. Let us know if you have any questions regarding how you should clean your sign.
We offer a wide variety of banner stands that are compatible with custom fabric banners. Popular banner stands include step and repeat banner stands, tension fabric displays, and X banner stands. It is important to use banner stands that attach the banner to the hardware with pole sets or with bungee cords. You can add one or two pole pockets as your banner finishing for stands with pole sets. Pole pockets are either added to the top or the top and bottom of the cloth banner. The pole sets of the stand slide through the opening of the pockets for easy assembly. If the sign connects to the stand with cords, make sure to get grommets. Most stands require having grommets in the four corners of the banner.
Where do you often see custom fabric banners?
These custom cloth banners are seen in a wide variety of locations, both in business and leisure settings. Businesses often use these signs to advertise product launches or upcoming promotions at trade shows, in their store, or in their lobby. Many companies that specialize in photos use these banners as backdrops in their studios for school and family portraits. Personal uses for these banners include installing them as decorations at house parties or setting them up at the entrances of venues holding an event. Many towns also use banners across their streets to advertise upcoming fairs and parades. Make your own fabric banners for whenever and wherever you want to get a message across.
What is the difference between custom fabric banners and vinyl banners?
The difference is in the materials we offer. Vinyl banners are available in vinyl materials and fabric banners are available in polyester options. Polyester is knitted and is washable in washing machines, while vinyl is more textured and lightweight. Many vinyl materials reflect light while polyester does not. This means that polyester banners are better suited for video and photo backdrops or at events where a lot of pictures will be taken. Vinyl banners, on the other hand, are mainly for announcing something. If you plan on reusing your sign a lot at trade shows and social occasions, then these banners are a great choice.
How do you print these banners?
We print your custom banner design using a modern dye sublimation method. This technique is incredibly effective for creating vibrant banners. The ink is ingrained into the fabric, leaving a smooth graphic that will not scratch or peel off. This means that you can wash the banner without ruining the print. Sublimating the graphics also makes the colors pop. To get as many colors as you want, we use full CMYK color printing. This means that you can add as many colors as you want to your design without it costing you extra. Make the design as intricate and detailed as you want, it will come out looking amazing.
Will these banners rip or tear when set up outdoors?
If you are planning on using these banners outdoors for a long time and do not want them to get torn in different weather conditions, we recommend using the Outdoor Flag Polyester. This is the same material we use for our flags, which means that this fabric banner material was specifically made for outdoor display. This fabric can withstand wind due to its tear-resistance.
What is the range of custom sizes?
We offer a wide range of set banner sizes that are common in the industry. If, however, you want completely different dimensions than the ones in the dropdown list, you can enter your own measurements. Keep in mind, however, that there is a limit to how large and small you can make it. If you are making a landscape banner, the width must be between 10in and 600in and the height must be between 10in and 108in. If, on the other hand, you are creating a banner in a vertical format, the width needs to be between 10in and 108in and the height must be from 10in to 600in.
How do I design my custom fabric banners?
We understand that different customers have different levels of graphics expertise. We offer three ways for you to customize your sign template:
Design Online: This is a great option for those who are familiar with graphic design and those who are not. In our design tool, you can easily upload your business logos or personal family photos onto the template. There is also the option to add clipart, text boxes, backgrounds, and more.
Upload Artwork Template: Many people with design experience have a software program that they prefer using. If that is the case, you can download the clickable template link onto your computer. When you are done, send the template back to us from our site.
Free Design Services: For those who need help with the whole design process or are not sure what to include on their banner, let us know. We will have one of our professional designers personalize your template free of charge. We will send you an artwork proof before we print your fabric signs.
Are there other ways for me to hang my custom fabric banners besides using bungee cords?
Yes. If you have grommets, they are also compatible with ropes and strings. For lighter applications, you can also use ribbon for hanging your fabric posters. If you do not have grommets, you can use nails, tacks, or staples, but it is best to use grommet setups if you plan on reusing the fabric banner at different events and locations.
How should I remove wrinkles from the fabric material?
Removing wrinkles from polyester is simple. A steamer is the best solution. Lay your banner flat or set it up on its banner stand. Run the steamer across the material and the wrinkles will vanish. If you do not have a steamer and want to use an iron extra caution needs to be taken. Make sure the iron is on the lowest setting to avoid ruining your print.
How should I store my fabric banners?
To keep your banners from getting wrinkles, we suggest rolling them up with the print facing out. Once this is done, the sign should be placed in an area that is not too hot or cold and where the banner will not get wet. We recommend a basement, an attic, or a closet.