The day the fashion industry starting churning out clothing with rough edges, unsewn hems, mixed-matched fabric and items that I could have made, my world became much happier. That vast canyon between those perfect created clothing with straight stitches and my sewing got a lot closer. Now it's trendy to wear clothes that my daughter could have sewn. How does that equate to crafts? With perfection gone, I had a chance to join other crafters with my limited sewing skills. Maybe some of what I create could be compared to something at Anthropologie now instead of something I'd be too ashamed to ever show anyone.
I love crafting but I as I've said before, I need it to be easy and quick. With Posie Gets Cozy and her sensational smocking I just can't compete. I'm so envious of her crafting skills. Anything she touches is golden and I adore that about her. Which is probably why I have to visit her every single day. I live vicariously through her.
This doesn't stop me from hitting my studio and trying to turn out something crafty. My newly thrifted pinking machine inspired me to create this Valentine Banner. Despite banners being relatively easy to make, the only other banner I have made is my Halloween Banner inspired by Marie Claire Idees.
Burlap is my recent medium of choice since I have been using it for my fiber art pieces. It's still a little awkward to use but that makes it more inciting to work with.
Cut out a narrow triangle on a piece of paper. I used an old grocery ad. Pin your triangle to the burlap. I placed my triangle on the edge so that I would only cut twice. You can also flip the triangle in order to use the fabric frugally. I decided to make my banner with 9 triangles since the banner was going above our mantel.
I took my original triangle pattern and made it smaller for the decorated fabric part. As I said, I like to keep it simple. Place your pattern over your burlap to make sure that you are happy with the contrasting size before you cut your fabric.
I used my pinking machine on the long side edges of each fabric triangle. You can also use pinking sheers. I used this machine because it's so darn fun. Everything in our house is getting pinked at the moment.The kids have been warned.
I chose some coordinating fabric for the top strip of the banner. I cut into the fabric three inches down from the top edge. I then tore the fabric so that it would leave a ruffled thread edge. I made another cut and tore again so that I was left with two strips of fabric. These would hold my triangles together. I chose a sweet fabric that appeared red but had blue threads peaking through. A lovely aqua/red combination. I sewed each triangle at the top portion just under the strips of fabric. I used a tiny zig-zag stitch. I encouraged the loose blue threads to hang down on the red and white fabric.
To add some more color to this Valentine Banner I thought I would include some toadstools that I purchased at the Addison Sale. These toadstools have cloth wrapped wire attached to the bottom of each stem making it easy to adhere to the banner. With a darning needle, poke a hole through the fabric so that you can add your toadstool.
This is a simple tutorial and probably best fit for those who like to churn something out quickly and with sweet imperfections like loose blue threads. This took me 2 hours mostly because young Keiran kept trying to take over the pinking machine. We had to wrestle for it in the end.
Cost: Burlap $2.99 a yard at Joann's, red/white fabric traded from friend, red/blue-looks purple fabric .50 cents yard sale, Toadstools .10 cents each. Total Cost: around $2.00.