Thursday, July 14, 2011

Easy Fabric Banner Tutorial

I've been looking for ways to accessorize and jazz up my booth for the next Magnolia Market and this fabric banner was the perfect solution - so easy and quick. 

There's a little bit of a banner obsession going on over here now.  My cousin will be getting one for her *amazing* new treehouse.  My daughter will be getting one for her room.  Found some vintage-y fabric for a (eeks, yes, I'm going there already) Christmas banner.  Is a Spiderman banner going too far?  Straight up banner addiction has me thinking fuzzy.

Here are step-by-steps, but if you want me to whip one up for you just email me. 

For this project you will need:
 sewing machine
pinking shears
disappearing ink pen
various fabrics (about 1/2 yard total)
extra wide double fold bias tape (Wright's PC206)

Start off by making a template for your banner "flags".  The size and shape are completely up to you!  I used traditional triangle, but rectangular or even semi-circle flags would be darling.  Once you have your template, select fabrics and trace using the disappearing ink pen.  The bias tape comes 3 yards in length, so depending on the width of your flags you can take a rough measurement for how many you'll need.  Cut using pinking shears - this prevents the fabric from fraying and also adds a fun edge.  

I didn't take much time to measure the distance between each flag.  Just eye-balled it to about 1-1.5 inch between each.  Lay each new flag between the folds of the bias tape and sew.

I love all the quirky patterns and colors!

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