If you know me, you know I love to decorate for holidays and parties. And if you know my Mom, you know it’s in my blood. The kids love to get in on the action too, with squeals of delight when we bring out each season’s holiday decor from storage. Just yesterday, my girls helped me place pastel eggs and butterflies on our Celebration Tree.
One of my favorite go-to decorations is the festive fabric flag banner.
|From Flag Banner Tutorial|
I started making these to decorate my kids’ nurseries and then bedrooms. It was an inexpensive, knick-knack-free way to tie together a room’s color or theme, while drawing the eye upward. Instead of down – where you will find all the toys scattered across the floor!
(How stinkin’ cute is little Jack with his first guitar?! I loved his cowboy stage when he wanted to wear that cowboy hat and his cowboy boots constantly.)
Yeah, I’m kind of obsessed with them.
Well, since a few friends have asked me how to make them, I thought I’d share a quick and easy, do-it-yourself (DIY) tutorial. And heck, I’m from Utah, home of Crafters Anonymous (and many Martha Stewart Living staffers, I might add), so it comes naturally. Here goes!
Festive Fabric Flag Banner Tutorial
Supplies Needed (approx. $8 for fabric and trim):
- Quilt binding
- Sewing machine/thread (or a hot glue gun)
- Glass of wine (optional)
- About 1 hour (or less than one episode of American Idol)
You’ll need enough fabric to make 12 triangles. I usually use 4 different patterns and then alternate them 3 times. Or 3 different patterns, alternating 4 times. You get the idea. I generally buy 1/4 yard length of each fabric (with normal fabric width). Take into account the way you want the pattern to hang – horizontal or vertical and plan accordingly.
Trim (to connect triangles):
You could use ribbon, but I always use a double fold quilt binding which is 3 yards long and the perfect length for 12 triangles. I get 7/8″ width quilt binding, which is available in many colors. And I also use about 1 yard of pretty, matching ribbon on each end of the quilt binding to create an easy-to-tie bow to hang it up with.
You could also trace this triangle onto cardstock paper or cardboard and then trace that triangle onto the fabric. And it’s faster to double-up the fabric to cut the triangles.
I don’t sew the triangles, I just leave raw edges. Stupid simple, again!
I use my sewing machine to sew the triangles into the quilt binding. Just tuck the top of each triangle into the fold of the binding, pin to secure each triangle to the binding, then sew a straight line all the way down the binding. No sewing machine? No worries, I’m thinking you could use a hot glue gun instead.
Notes for perfectionists:
- You could use twice as many triangles to make the banner double-sided, but I’ve never bothered.
- I suppose you could sew the edges of the triangles, but then this hour-long craft project just turned into a much bigger commitment. Again, I’ve never bothered.
- Experiment with different styles and shapes and trims. For example, I added a lace trim to my Valentine’s banner. And for Easter, I just made a scalloped version (using 8.5″ diameter half-circles so the fabric math was the same). I’m really liking the scalloped banner and I think I’ll trim it with some wide rick-rack.
- If it’s not perfect, relax. It’s supposed to look homemade because it is!
Oh my heck, happy crafting you guys! (In my Utah accent.) And if you aren’t feeling crafty, you can find tons of these flag banners for sale at etsy.com.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions.