Monday, September 02, 2013

Make Your Own Hanging Flag Banner From Scrap Fabric

Hello my lovely craft community! It has been too long since my last post. 
Since we last crafted together, I moved to a new apartment, graduate from my graduate program, went to Europe, and worked at an all girls leadership summer camp! What an amazing summer it has been. To say the least, I have been wandering and it has been fantastic.

I received an email from a crafter the other evening. She asked if I planned on posting any more tutorials. I was very excited to read her email. It was so kind of her to take a moment out her day to write me. 
Thank you, Chelsea.

This one's for you!




What You Need:
Scrap Fabric
Sewing Machine (You can also hand sew the flags)
Thread
Scissors
Twine or some type of cord to hang the flags
Paint
Paint Brush (an angled one works the best)
Bobby Pin




1. Pick your fabric. 

I used scrap fabric that I had, but could never find a use for. Well, here you go!

2. Iron your fabric before cutting it. 

You will get a cleaner cut.


3. Cut out an 8 ½” Long X 4 ½” Wide Rectangle. 

Use this rectangle to cut out the other rectangles. 

It’s good to know what you want your banner to say, so you know how many rectangles to cut out. 

Mine is going to say “Wander”, so I need 6 rectangles. 


Once you have all of your rectangles cut out it’s time to sew. 

4. Take one of the 4 ½” sides and fold it back an 1”, so the right side of the fabric is bent back onto the wrong side of the fabric like the photo below.

5. Sew 1/4" from the edge of the fabric, not at the fold. Make sure you leave enough room to slide your twine through the top of the fabric.


The front of your flag should look similar to this.


And the back should look similar to this.


Now for the paint!

I recommend using an angle brush since you are lettering and want to paint straight lines, but if you don't have one don't worry! Any paint brush will do.


6. Start painting your letters.

Get creative. 
You can add dots, triangles, lines, or any other designs to spice your flags up!


Wait for the paint to dry before you begin to thread them. 
You dont want to smudge those beautiful letters! 

7. Take the end of your twine and tie a knot in it, then put your bobby pin behind the knot. 

This is going to help you thread the twine through the flag.


8. Thread the twine through the top of your flags. 
START WITH THE LAST LETTER of your word FIRST!

Good Tip. Trust me. 
Who wants to do this part twice? Not me.


Woo! Almost done!




Continue to thread your letters, then when you're all threaded up...



YOU'RE FINISHED!!



How cute is this!? 
I hung my banner in my kitchen. 
Oh, how I love it so.

ENJOY! 




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  1. I'm terrible at getting on the internet, so I just saw this... YAY! You're back! I'm soooooo happy that you've started posting again! You are a wonderful artist and I can't wait to try this new project!

    Chelsea E.

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