Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Party Banners

There are quite a few tutorials out there for these cute little party banners - so this is definitely not something new. But, I thought I would at least share with you how easy and fun this project is! I've had some kid-friendly fat quarters in my stash for quite awhile. So long in fact that I can't remember why I originally purchased them. In any case, they made this project super duper easy! The finished banner has 12 double-sided triangles and I used 2 packages of bias tape.

To start, fold each fat quarter in half with right sides together (I folded it at the short ends). Trace a triangle (whatever size you want...mine is about 12" ) onto freezer paper. This is my favorite way to use patterns because, well, I'm quite lazy and this is so much quicker than pinning! Iron the triangle pattern onto fabric and cut. This will give you 2 triangles - but don't separate them - they are ready for sewing. Iron the freezer paper triangle onto the FQ again and cut another set. I could get two cuts from one FQ - not the best use of material but I'm no good at math and didn't want to figure out what size triangle would yield 3 cuts.

Once you have cut all of your triangles, you are ready to sew. Leave the top end open for turning. (If you cut on the triangles on the fold, just cut along the fold before you sew to create the opening for turning). This unfinished top end will be hidden in the bias tape. Once sewn (I used a 1/4" seam) turn the triangles and use a chopstick or something like that to poke out the point. I had a couple of helpers to help me turn and poke and I had the iron and starch going. A nice little assembly line if you ask me. Top stitch each triangle after pressing.

Join the two pieces of bias tape together ( you'll have a long 6 yard piece). Starting in the middle, pin the triangles inside the fold of the tape with the top corners touching each other. Pin so that you can easily remove the pins as you sew. Starting at one end of the bias tape, sew all the way to the other end catching the triangles in the fold as you go. Voila! So easy! What a cute party banner and it's reusable too!


1 comment:

  1. I helped my SIL make some of these for their recent wedding. They were so easy and fun to make! After making them I really wanted to make some alternating pink and black checkered flag ones for my daughter's Strawberry Shortcake Monster Truck party. Unfortunately, I ran out of time. Think I'll make some Halloween ones! How cute would that be?