Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Banner Celebration!

I revealed a portion of a project.

Today, a tutorial.

(Click on any pic to enlarge.)

Buy black, glittery chipboard letters at Michaels.

Buy coordinating fabrics at Hancock Fabrics.
I bought 1/2 yard of white cotton,
1/4 yard  each of the patterned prints,
1/8 yard each of the solid colors.

I bought way too much fabric.

Note to self:
"Plan project BEFORE you go shopping."

 Make a 60degree angle using a
 half-circle tool and a straight-edge.

Yea, in Geometry a ruler is a straight-edge.

But, I can never remember which one is a compass,
and which one is a protractor,
so I call this one a half-circle,
and the other one a circle-drawer.

 I wanted my triangles to be smaller,
has 17 letters, if I spelled it right.
My dining room table doesn't have SPELL CHECK.

I made the 1 inch tab on top, because I wasn't sure
if I was going to sew them together,
or make a casing and use a string to loop them together.

Remember the note to self about planning ahead?

While cutting and laying out my project,
I made a HUGE mess.

It felt really, really good
to be the one making the mess.

 Using a cookbook saver, I read while I sewed.

OK, I tried to read. 
I got in a few pages.

I cut out the flower shapes,
two of light pink, four smaller of the hot pink,
handsewing them together in the middle with quilting thread.

I printed out the pattern from a blog MONTHS ago,
always wanting to make them.

Blair from Wise Craft supplied the tutorial,
but I couldn't find the blog again in time
to follow her exact directions.

I also used shrunk her pattern to make my flowers smaller.


I cut rectangles, then just tapered the edges.

 When you use a Gingher scissors,
you can cut at least 5 at a time.


 Hand quilting thread was used to tie them in the middle.

The leaf was hot glued on the back.
Because I couldn't find enough pink beads,
I put a  tinydab of hot glue in the middle
and scrunched.

The scrunchier, the better.
It makes it unravely and more 3-D.

I didn't like the way the triangles met.
It was too trianguly
and made the banner too long.

I liked this better.
At first I was measuring the amount I cut off,
then realized it didn't really matter.
I just eye-balled it and whacked off each end.

At this point, I also decided to pink
the edges of the white triangles, also.


They were connected side by side
by sewing wide Ric-Rac along the top.
Double-stitching at each joint made it extra durable.

The letters and the flowers were attached with hot glue.

The banner was so long,
it was hard to get a great final picture.

Then, you give it to 
a beautiful young friend of the family,
in honor of her Graduation.


It felt so good to be creating again,
the little craft gerbils in my brain are racing.

Inspired by Kristin at
See Mommy Sew,
I want  to make  two banners -
Check out her tutorial.
Taking it one step further,
I'd like to also make a
 matching table runner
and cloth napkins?

How about
using vintage linens?

How about
for Valentine's Day?

How about.....

How about....

How about.....

Please share your ideas.

The craft gerbils will be tired soon.

Fresh inspiration is always loved.


  1. I love this! We bought a paper banner and just save it and use it for each birthday year after year. But this one is much nicer.

  2. Thank you Mrs. Peltier for my BEAUTIFUL banner, and all the time you poured into it! I love it. :)

  3. :) Beautiful.

    Congratulations has 15 letters though, not 17, even with spell check.

    You did a great job!!

  4. I love your version of the fabric flowers! So cute. Feel free to share the tutorial with your students, have fun making them!- Blair/wise craft

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  6. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I am making curtains for my girls' room and am using fabric from Ikea. the print on the fabric has various strips of pictures, one of them being a row of pennant flags. I'm planning on adding the triangles to the top of the curtain, instead of a ruffle or other such topping.

    I also got a kick out your attempt to multi-task with the book. I am a huge fan of audio books. I listen to them all the time and get many projects done while doing so. It's so much nicer than repetitive television commercials that are always double decibels louder than the show you have on. I plug in my MP3 into speakers set up in different rooms.

    Thanks again!


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