27 July 2010
"Sew Easy" Banner tutorial and a giveaway winner!!
Hey everyone! I'm back from the unintentionally long hiatus I've been on. The big apartment migration is complete! We are settling in with our new (and super adorable) roommate! I'm going to be sad when she starts working part time and I don't have company all day long! She's the best intern ever! See her cute intro post from yesterday if you haven't met her yet!
This next month and a half I'll be pretty much in full wedding mode. It sort of sneaks up you, I don't know what happened to June and July but it's almost August and I have lots of DIY projects still waiting for completion! I hope to share my progress of having a handmade wedding! I encourage brides to DIY as much as possible :)
Today I'm going to share this lovely and super easy banner tutorial! I saw this banner on a blog and wanted something similar:
So to personalize it I first collected several different fabrics I really liked. I recommend using heavier fabric (wish I had!) and fabric that is patterned on both sides. If anyone has a great fabric spray adhesive...PLEASE SHARE! If you don't have double sided fabric, or it's thin, you will have to adhere them together so you can see the pattern on both sides.
Second, I wanted to further personalize my banner by painting some of the pieces to match what the table runner will look like. I used brown mailing paper and acrylic/spraypaints, and pens/markers. I added more to this after the photo but you get the idea...just slap some paint down! (and yes, I made the "e" backwards on purpose)
Next I drew a triangle on a piece of cardstock. The heavier the better. I just estimated the size I wanted. I didn't even use a ruler! I'm not a perfect straight line kinda girl. Next, I traced the triangle onto the fabric with pen/pencil and cut them out. This is the most time consuming part. Again, pick heavy fabric if possible, and this step will so much quicker.
Here are the cut pieces:
Now all you have to do is decide the order you would like them to go in and sew straight through the middle! Perfect for someone who doesn't know how to sew! Just feed each one in individually and guide the stitches through the middle of each piece.
You can make all one strand or several. I'm making several, with long pieces of thread at each end in case we need to tie them together! Use scrap fabric or cardstock to make your own! It's really "sew" easy!
And......thanks for all the ideas on Facebook about SST's new coffee cozies! I am currently taking some epic photos before I list them on etsy! Kimmy Please send me your addy so I may send you your free coffee cozy!! Here's a sneak at what the first batch looks like :)