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DIY: hot colors, cheap and easy, party banner

simple bright bannerThis is perhaps the simplest party banner you could ever, ever make. The easiest of all DIY projects… and very cheap. With only a seam across the top, the folded-over flags flap cheerfully in the wind and brighten up any outdoor (or indoor) soiree.
You can go from a handful of fabric to adorning a party in 45 minutes. Then stow it away and reuse it for your next event. Here’s ALL you’ll need:
how to make a bannerBrightly colored nylon fabric (or other fabric with no right or wrong side) about 1/8 of a yard of each color and twine or ribbon to connect them together. Scissors or a rotary cutter, a ruler, an iron and a sewing machine.

materials you will needWith scissors or a rotary cutter, cut out the flags. The flags pictured measure 4 inches by 10 inches. You will need to cut out 12-15 flags for a 10 ft. banner.

line up the flagsFold the flags in half and iron a crease on the fold. Then line up the flags by color and in the color order you like.

fold the flags in half and ironUnfold the flags and place the ribbon or twine in the ironed crease. Fold the flag back in half over the ribbon (or twine) and pin the flags into place, about 4 inches apart.

sew the top of the flagBegin sewing the first flag, across the top and continue until you get to the last flag, no need to stop and cut thread in between.

hot colors banner3If you use twine or string, simply set the sewing machine to a zig zag stitch and sew directly over the top of the twine to secure it in place. If you use this method, you might want to cut the threads and stop and go the machine stitching in between the flags.

fluorescent colors bannerThe ribbon method, with one continuous stitch will look like this when all finished.

nylon_bright_summer_bannerAll ready to party!

easy party banner5The beauty of this banner is the flapability of the flags. The only-sewn-across-the-top method allows lots of movement in the wind and eye catching color to any outdoor event.

Want a different look? Here’s a triangle banner tutorial.

DIY: Super easy reversible bag

As the summer peacefully settles in and the boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen find themselves in need of activities, let me share a perfect summertime sewing project for all ages and skill levels.
A reversible bag pattern that can be made in any size or shape, according to your needs. A great project for anyone just learning how to sew or a skilled seamstress in need of whipping up a few handmade gifts or party favors. You can find the pattern and step by step tutorial here.
easy bag with pocket

reversible purse pattern

reversible bag or purse

For the full step-by-step tutorial look here.

easy Easter sewing projects

Here are a few last minute projects my crafty 13 year old daughter has her sights set on. With Easter just 2 days away, easy and quick is the name of the game.
She can taunt her Peep lovin’ brothers (and me) and leave their mouths watering with these inedible imitations. I somehow want to add sparkles to these guys, maybe a little glue and appropriately colored glitter would do the job?

Peeps plushies:

fleece peeps

Full plush Peeps sewing pattern and tutorial from Dandelions and Lace here.

Sewn Carrots:

sewn carrot tutorial

M has already dug into my fabric scraps and managed to sew up a few of these carrots this week using this tutorial from Claire’s Craft Room. She even found some of the exact same orange polka dot fabric in my extensive collection of scraps.

sewing carrots

 

AND… I really want to make a Peep garland, seriously, with my obsessions with garlands (one on every window) and Peeps (even though they aren’t chocolate) why haven’t I made one already?

Peeps garland or bunting:

peeps garland

Find the full and very easy tutorial here from Dana Made It.