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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.

garland ideas

If you’ve hung around here at all you’ll know by now I’m way into banners… garlands… buntings- whatever you want to call them. I decided long ago they’re definitely for everyday use and not just special events since they make every space just a bit more fancy. Here are a few great garland ideas to puzzle over- if you’re not yet convinced- a Valentine garland ready-to-go on Etsy and a super easy tutorial if you’d like to try your hand at making one for yourself.

valentine garlandHere’s one of the Valentine garlands I’ve been making, really just a very girly pink and red bit of flair with an emphasis on L-O-V-E.

spring garlandA shot of my entry way. I switch this garland out seasonally, but there’s always something draped in this spot. The ceramic birds holding the flowers is from a yard sale, complete with a special message to someone else on the back in Sharpie. It fell off the wall awhile back and shattered into about 23 pieces. I painstakingly glued it back together because I love it so much, just don’t gaze at it too closely!

bv3Here’s a close up of the Valentine fabrics banner available in my Etsy shop.

Swiss spirit

A few days late for Switzerland’s birthday (August 1st), but never too late to show some Swiss pride- I’ve been scrambling to make more of these garlands over the last few days and make them available on etsy again. I need to get mine hung back up for Swiss Days, the local celebration in Midway, founded by Swiss immigrants- coming right up August 31- September 1st.

Thanks to Sarah for featuring my flags on the lovely blog-The Lausanne Guide – love your picture! I think it’s time for a trip to Switzerland… it’s been way too long.