I was feeling compelled to create a banner to celebrate my country this year! I had all of these amazing Canvas Corp shapes and it came together so easily! Happy Summer! Happy 4th!
- Canvas Corp, Canvas Shapes, Stars*
- Canvas Corp, Canvas Shapes, Triangle
- Canvas Corp, Jute Rope, Light Natural
- Liquid Stitch and/or Heat and Bond
- Template for letters and stars. I printed them out on the computer in the right font and size…but my little helper stole them and made her own project. So I ended up using chipboard letters I had and traced a star.
- Red, white and blue fabric – assortment – use what you have!
- Ribbon for banner base.
- Tea bag/hot water and washing machine.
NOTE: The Canvas Corp shapes are the best, but you can make this by cutting your own shapes too out of a canvas or a drop cloth.
- I decided I wanted some beat up looking stars: I first gave my canvas shapes a tea bath for about 2 hours and then washed them in the machine. I LOVE the slightly aged color and frayed edges (yeah…it worked!).
- Layout out design of the banner.
- In the meantime, applied my heat and bond to my blue and red fabric (according to package directions). Once applied, I traced the letters and star onto the paper backing of the heat and bond – be sure to flip them over – you want them to be backwards on the back side of the fabric.
- Cut out letters and shapes.
- Place them on the canvas shapes. Peel paper backing off of each letter/star and press onto the canvas shape.
- Once done, I cut a 48″ length of 3/4″ grossgrain ribbon to use as my base for the banner. I laid the shapes out on the ribbon.
- Glue each canvas shape onto the ribbon using Liquid Stitch. Let dry.
- Thread one piece of jute twine through 6 buttons and tie off. Glue in between each canvas shape. Let dry.
- Rip strips of the colored fabric – cut small (1/2″) slits along the selvage of the fabric – this should make it easy to rip all across. You can also cut the strips if you want straight lines. Try to remove the strings.
- Tie one piece of each fabric and one length of twine together. Make 6.
- Flip DRY banner over and place a dime size dollop of Liquid Stitch “behind” each button. Lay the knot from the fabric strips on the glue and let dry.
- Tie to loops on each end of the banner using the ribbon and let’s decorate!
How do you decorate for the 4th!?