Thursday, October 4, 2012

{Halloween Pendant Banner - By Lacey}

Hi Everyone! My name is Lacey and I'm super excited to guest post on Polka Dot Pixies. Heidi and I met a few years back through scrapbooking and have found that we share a lot of the same interest as well as other friends!

I hope I can share something with you today that will get your crafting juices flowing! Especially with the holidays fast approaching!

To start,  here's a few things to know about me.

My husband and I have been married 11 years in December. We started dating when I was 16. We have 3 girls-8, 4, and 1 and we have made our home in Arizona. I love dressing my girls in matching outfits, I will never pass up Sonic Happy Hour, I love everything about photography, and I love the holidays! Every. Single. One.

Today I'm going to share with you guys a fun way to dress up your house for the holidays! Banners are all the rage right now and if you have a mantle even better!

We lived in Texas all of last year and we lived in a house with a perfect mantle for decorating! We have since come back to Arizona and purchased a home with no mantle. Boo! But really, any space will work for a banner.

Fabric banners are so simple to pull together. And even if you don't have access to a sewing machine, you can still put together a great looking banner using fabric glue!

The first step is to go to your local fabric store and decide on your color combinations. I usually like to have 5 or 6 different fabrics for my banners. Get a 1/4 of a yard cut from each fabric. This will be enough to cut 2 large triangles or 4 small ones.  Depending on how big you want your triangles to be.

While you are there, purchase trim to coordinate and sew your banner together.

The next step is to decide how big you want your triangles to be. I am not a precise person (which isn't always compatible with my structural engineering husband). So I just used a piece of paper, eyeballed how big I wanted it, and made a template using a ruler. If you aren't comfortable eyeballing it, there are quite a few banner patterns online.

After you have made your template, cut out your fabric triangles. This is where you can cut out a ton of triangles  to make more than one banner or just cut out enough for one banner.

Once you have all your triangles cut out I like to run a fun zig zag stitch along the edge of each triangle. It's just straight lines- it makes for great practice with your sewing machine! This is totally optional though- the great part about it is  you can make it as easier or as complicated as you would like!

From here, move on to positioning your triangles. I like to lay them all out on the floor and play around with where they should go.


Now the fun part. Can you sew a straight line? You'll love this part then! Sew your triangles to your trim and voila!

You've just made yourself a banner! Details are optional too- I like to make fabric flowers to cover the ends of my trim. For this Halloween Banner I also made a quick ruffle using a wide stitch on my sewing machine and sewed it to one of my triangles.

I hope this inspires you to make your own banners!
I plan to pull out the rest of my Halloween decorations this weekend! Happy Halloween!


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