Happy Fourth Banner

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There’s something about a fireplace mantel decked out for the upcoming holiday that gets me every time. I have come to terms with the realization that I HAVE to have a banner for every holiday. I made this one for the Fourth of July this year. The best part about this particular banner is that it is sold in one panel of fabric. You can purchase this fabric panel by Riley Blake at Fabric.com or check other fabric retailers (Riley Blake has design panels for many other holidays as well.. score). I also just used HALF of the panel, so you really can make two banners out of each panel. Double score.

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Here’s how I made it:

1//  You will need your panel of fabric. (You could also use scrap fabric for the pennants). You will also need fabric to back your pennants with, I used a soft denim from Joann’s. I used the denim fabric for the binding as well.

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2// Measure your backing fabric and cut to match the width of the panel. Pin panel and backing wrong sides together. Sew 1/4″ away from the edge of each panel as shown below.

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3// Cut each pennant apart. I used a rotary pinking edge disk.

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4// Cut your binding fabric at 2 1/2″ wide x 100″ long. (This gives room for up to 9 pennants).

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5// Fold your binding in half long ways and iron to make a crease.

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6// Fold sides into center crease we just made, iron.

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7// Fold in half to make binding tape.

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8// Open your binding tape, lay pennant tops so front and back are covered by binding tape, pin.

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9// Top stitch the binding to secure the pennant edges. Embellish with ribbon. (I also used the raw edge of the denim selvage).

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All done!!

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You can download the printable subway art framed below for free. I have one of these for every holiday.

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Have a happy Fourth of July!

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