Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Create Some Awesome

First off - I am so excited that I reached 100 followers on Follow Me on Pinterest - woo woo - you guys rock!
Secondly, I love pennants - THIS................................MUCH!  I just spent 3 hours cutting out over 100 of these tiny flags - which is totally worth it, because look what I made!  
My first version of pennant art can be found in my latest holiday decor, but I just knew that fabric was going to make this even more amazing.  I have so much, and I keep just about all my scraps.  I also found this great quilt shop over in Indy (whenever I remember the name, I'll update this!) that sells scraps by the bag - so I got even more variety there.  One day, I'll post a tutorial on how I made the flags, but for now it took long enough just to make them, let alone provide a photographic record of each step!  Anyway, I have about 528 ideas for pennant-themed craft projects, but I wanted to make something super quick so I could have instant gratification.  Wall art came to mind - no seams, no turning, just a nice flat piece of fabric and a frame.  I have these great shadow box-style frames I got on clearance from Michael's after last Christmas - now I let me show you how to make the art!

First thing I did was cut a piece of muslin the same size as the backing of the frame.
Then, I picked out some stamps and practiced stamping my word - just in case I forgot how to spell (it's surprising how often that happens to me . . .).  I used brown chalk ink on the fabric.  I didn't heat-set it or anything, but most wall art doesn't get much water exposure.
The next step was the hardest for me - picking out some flags to make my banners.  I had so many to choose from!

 How weird is this: I ended up with exactly 24 varieties of pennants - just right for this repurposed (but washed first!) egg carton!  OK, one spot does have all the singletons (yes, I did have scraps so small I could only get 1 flag out of 'em - don't judge me!).  
 Lay your pennants out and make sure you like them - color, placement, spacing, etc.  I then glued my down because they have heavy-weight interfacing on the back and pinholes would show.  Use just a little dab of glue - or the glue will show, too!
Sew them on - I started at one edge, sewed to the first flag, then sewed across the top, down one side, up the other, and back across the top and then continued on to the next flag.  Try to keep a curved line as you sew so that it looks like they are hanging.
Just to keep it crazy - - - you know me, I'm always complicating things - - - I sewed on some  fine hemp across the top of the flags.  I used a long, narrow zig zag stitch and went slowly to make sure my hemp stayed centered.  If I owned a cording foot, I would have used that, too!
I stuck the whole shebang to the frame backing with a little more glue.  This frame had a few divots cut around the edges of the backing where the clips were at, so I trimmed those out, too.  

Ta da!  Isn't it just what you need?  Find out how to get your own here!  Or buy some flags and make one yourself - I have them for sale at my shop!  Stay tuned for more crafts adorned with my new favorite embellishment - pennants!
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  1. I love finding a great use for scraps and this is a great use. So cute,...I love pennants too. Glad you shared at our LInk It Up Thursday!

  2. Very cute way to use scraps! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell party over at I Gotta Create!

  3. This is very sweet. I love font and the fabric you used for the pennants. The colors make me so happy.

  4. This is just so bright and fun! I would love it in my kids playroom!

  5. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post at Potpourri Friday!

  6. Thank you so much for joining JAQS Studio's Linky Party. I featured your project today :).


  7. Too cute and congrats on the 100 followers on Pinterest! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!


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