I was a hostess at a Bridal Shower over the weekend and I decided to make a fabric banner as part of the decorations. The wedding colors are yellow and gray - one of my favorite color combinations. I didn't spend much time planning the banner, in fact Ididn't put any thought into it at all until it was time to start and I realized that I didn't really have a plan in place. I just decided to wing it, which is soooo not like me. I would do things a bit differently if I made another banner, so I thought I'd share my process here and include what I learned along the way.
What I did: I looked for yellows and grays with interesting patterns. I ended up choosing two yellow fabrics and three gray fabrics.
My mistake: I wanted to hang the banner in the opening of the serving window at the Community Center where we were holding the shower, but I didn't know how wide the serving window was and I hadn't decided on the size of my triangles, so there was no real way for me to know how much fabric to buy. I first said 1/4 yard, but then when I saw how little fabric that was I changed my order to 1/2 yard. Turns out that in this case 1/4 yard would have been plenty. Knowing how long I wanted the banner would have been very helpful.
My recommendation: Either plan ahead and know how long you want/need your banner, or leave plenty of ribbon on each end so that you don't end up with a banner that's too short for it's location.
What I did: I cut a triangle from a piece of chipboard to use as a template. Then I folded one edge of the fabric over and cut out three triangles from each piece of fabric.
My mistake: This step in the process actually went well.
My recommendation: Folding the fabric over worked well because I wanted my pieces to be two sides sewn together. If you only want a single layer of fabric you wouldn't need to fold the fabric over.
What I did: I took each double sided triangle and sewed on all three sides using a simple straight stitch.
My mistake: The proper way to do this would be to sew the pieces together with the right sides of the fabric together, sewing only on the two long sides, and then turning them inside out. I knew that, but it seemed like extra work to me.
My recommendation: If you want a more professional looking banner I would suggest sewing them as described above. In this case I wanted a more casual look, and I was short on time so I took the easy route. Either way works, it's really just personal perference.
What I did: I had four sets of triangles and I put them in order so that I had a repeating pattern. Then I sewed each piece to the ribbon.
My mistake: I think that if I made another banner I would use bias tape, which folds over the front and back of the triangles. It would look more finished and it would hold up better than ribbon, which frayed a bit as I sewed.
My recommendation: Either ribbon or bias tape would work, but I think bias tape might be a better option.
What I did: Once I finished sewing I hung the banner up at home to keep it from getting wrinkled.
My mistake: I nearly wrecked the banner (and strangled myself) when I walked into the room and forgot the banner was hanging there.
My recommendation: Hang the banner somewhere safe - for your sake and the safety of the banner.
Since we were at a public facility I couldn't use nails or thumbtacks to hang the banner, so I used scotch tape. We had some trouble getting it to stay in place but it looked cute and added some flair to the all white facility.
Is she a cute bride-to-be or what? She's sweet too, and I'm excited that she will be part of our family.
I'm certainly not an expert sewer and yet I would call this an "easy" project. If you've made a fabric banner and want to share any tips in the comment section I'm all ears!