Independence Day Banner - DIY

June 03, 2013  •  1 Comment

After posting my set up for Independence Day minis I received a couple messages as to where I purchased my banner. Since I made it myself, as I do tons of my other props, I figured I'd post a tutorial. I debated for a few minutes if I should make them for sale but with being a busy photog, mommy, wife & homeowner I thought maybe some day! But this one I'll share for now! It's super easy, no-sew & affordable! This tutorial will be a tad different since I had already finished my product - luckily I had extra materials to explain! What you'll need :

  • Fabric of your choice (I purchased mine from Wal-Mart) I got about 3/8 of a yard but if you're using it for just the banner you will not need as much - I used the extra fabric for a table cloth in my set up.
  • Scissors
  • Pencil - Do not use pen or marker. It may show through your fabric!
  • Liquid stitch or fabric glue
  • Stiffened felt (3 sheets)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Polished hemp

Step 1 - Lay your fabric finished side down. You can use a stencil if you have one but I did this free hand. You could also easily do it with the edge of a ruler. - Trace a triangle onto the fabric with your PENCIL. I added dotted lines in PS so you could see better where the lines are placed. So you don't waste fabric, start your first line at the edge of the fabric.

Step 2 - Cut on the lines.


 

Step 3 - Use that triangle to trace more. Make sure you are tracing the triangles touching corner to corner.

Step 4 - Once you have cut at least 4 triangles you will have triangles hanging off of your fabric already. Just cut the tops for more. The shaded area shown on the photo is already cut (remember I did this after my finished product and this was my blanket so I couldn't cut anymore!) The hanging triangles will be the same size as the ones you already cut. You will need 12 triangles in all. My fabric was not long enough to do 12 across so I had to do 7 on one side and 7 on the other. (You will have a couple extra triangles)

Step 5 - Once your triangles are all cut out, apply liquid stitch as shown in the photo on the unfinished side of the fabric. Then apply to the stiffened felt. Do this one at a time so the glue does not have any time to dry on the fabric. See second photo before you place on felt!                                **Place triangles side-by-side starting at the corner to make sure you are able to fit 4 on a piece of felt. ALSO make sure all edges and corners are glued down! (They aren't actually glued here. All those edges and corners need to be flat against the felt)

Step 6 - Once glue has gotten a chance to stick to the fabric (give it a few minutes) cut out the triangles again, making sure the felt is lined up with the fabric. This is so your fabric will not bend and blow like crazy in the wind. It will stay firm.  Also if you're shooting in a sunny spot or close to the golden hour, the sun will not shine through your fabric.

Step 7 - Take your polished hemp. Roll out about 4 yards. Don't cut yet! Leave a yard of polished hemp before you place your first triangle. - this is for you to be able to tie it off to whatever you'll be hanging it from. You can always add more hemp later if you need more slack. Lay the triangle face down. Apply a thin strip of hot glue to the top of the triangle and place your polished hemp on the line. Hold for a few seconds.

Step 8 - It is completely up to you the amount of space you want between your flags. This photo is to show you a visual of how far apart mine were. Approx 1 1/2 inches (don't hold me to that!) ;) Repeat step 7 all the way down until you have your 12 triangles all glued on. Cut the hemp about a yard from your last triangle. (Once again, this is to give you slack to tie off & you can always add more later if needed)

Step 9 - Allow all glue to dry - really only takes about 5 minutes

Step 10 - Enjoy your finished product! - OH! and if you're sharing or using this lovely DIY, don't forget to give some credit to Ashley McKelvey Photography! <3 Looking forward to more DIY is the future? Come follow me at www.pinterest.com/ashmckelvey!


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Delia Reed(non-registered)
super cute idea. just what i was looking for!!
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