Friday, June 6, 2014

Happy Birthday Bunting Flag Banner

My fun sister-in-law Erin had told me that she wanted a Happy Birthday banner to hang above her fireplace. I decided that for her birthday I would get her one. I looked on Pinterest and Etsy but I just couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. So, I decided to make one myself. I was really happy with how it turned out and I have actually made a few more since then. I posted them for sale on Etsy and I've made a few custom made ones as well. Here is the link to buy them. If you would like a custom one let me know. I would love to do it. Here is a custom one I made for someone. It turned out really cute. Sorry for the dark pictures. I wanted to get a picture before I shipped it but the lighting in our apartment was terrible.

To start, I used this template from Sweetly Scrapped Art. Then, I used a bold, size 300 font with the letters spelling "Happy Birthday."

The letters become the stencils. I first traced the letters onto the fabric I wanted and cut them out.

Then I sewed the letters onto the center of the triangles.

After I sewed the letters on, I cut two strings of jute. The "Happy banner should be on about 104" of jute. I folded each triangle over the jute and sewed underneath the jute. This makes each flag lay perfectly in place but still  movable on the string. The "Birthday" banner will be longer than the "Happy" banner by about  10-15." I forgot to take an exact measurement.  I then Tied a knot in the top of the two strings to hang them by. I leave an extra foot on each end to hang down because I think it looks cute. You could make your strings shorter and leave that part off. It depends on the look you are going for.

This is the one I  made for my sister in law. I figured it would work for my nieces and nephews birthdays.

Anyway, I hope this is pretty simple for you guys. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope this tutorial was simple enough.  I'd love to see the banners you make. 

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