Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Patriotic banner....

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I love the half circle banners. I'm not sure what they are officially called. I tried searching for some homemade ones and couldn't find anything like I had in mind. So I set out to make my own. 
Now, I am a visually oriented person so not having something to look at was a bit of a challenge. I wouldn't say my project turned out perfect but it's enough to give me an idea of what to do better and change next time. Hopefully a true seamstress will come along and offer me some advice as well.....

 I think it is actually too small for this window but I'm gonna leave it up until I have something to replace it with.
 I also need another hook, dear hubby will rescue me when he gets home. I just used Christmas light hooks. I had found a couple of stragglers to use but need one more.....
 So here is how I did it. I wanted to use some scraps so I just sewed 4" strips together. I don't like to measure and with needing to gather it I wasn't sure how long to make it. I just winged it. I think these were 45" wide to begin with then I seamed two sections together....My next one will be longer and each strip will be a couple of inches longer than the previous. When I'm done I should have more of a triangle shape which will gather to a fan more easily, I hope. I think I will make it taller as well buy adding more strips of each color........
 After sewing my colors together I did a baste stitch so I could gather it. This would give me my fan shape...
Then I sewed the center strip in on itself. Now my rectangle of colors was starting to take shape. It took a lot of time to gather each strip but it worked....
I finished it with a solid backing and sewed along each strip to hold the gathers in place. I had to add a couple of tucks in the blue section, it is just so puffy. I think added a couple inches to each strip next time will help this as well. Plus the very center maybe try to make a half circle instead of folding it on itself.
I love this star pattern my machine has. Then I used grommets to hang the hooks.
 Voila! I am excited but now I wanna make another.
Not perfect but I'll take it.
If you have any tips that would help PLEASE let me know! I have another window to do!!
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  1. Bunting? I think they're called bunting.
    Love the fabrics!

  2. Hey there! Just letting you know I gave you the "One Lovely Blog" award. Check my post to see what that means!

  3. Krista, thank you so much! *blushing*


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