Scraps of fabric
Craft interfacing (Pellon 808)
Permanent Heat N Bond
Bias tape or ribbon (I used almost 2 packages of bias tape)
Rotary cutter/scissors/pinking shears
Cardstock or paper for template
1. Make the template. I made mine 4" wide by 8" tall. This will make an 8" long by 8' tall triangle.
2.Select your fabric. I used my scrap stash and. Find enough fabrics for two sides/color schemes. I used 7 different fabrics per side.
3. To make enough triangles to spell 'Happy Birthday' you will need to cut 14 triangles out of 7 differents fabrics by placing the template we made, long side on the fold.. Do the same for the reverse side.
***you also could cut 28 pieces (4 triangles out of each of the 7 fabrics) instead of doing a different color scheme on the back***
5. Apply the interfacing to one side of the tirangle, following the directions that are with the interfacing.
6. Plan your layout for front and back matching the corresponding triangles.
7. With wrong sides together, sew front and back triangles together using a 3/8" seam on the two side.
8. Trim seams to 1/8" from the stitch line. I used a pinking blade on my rotary cutter to give it a special look.
9. Trim top edges so that all the triangles are the same length.
10. Cut out "Happy Birthday". I used my Cricut to cut out the letters. First Apply heat n bond to the back of the fabric you are using. Take off the paper and position the fabric on the cutting mat. use your favorite letter cartridge to spell out your message. Made sure your SPEED is set to slow and PRESSURE to high.
11. After the letters are cut out position them on one side of the triangle making sure to leave enough space at the top for the bias tape to be sewn across the top. Iron on the letters according to heat n bond directions.
12. To save myself from utter confusion, I sewed the bias tape on before positioning the letters on the opposite side. Leave a enough of a tail of the bias tape to hang up the banner on both ends. Sandwich one triangle between the bias tape, matching the corners of the triangles as you sew. One side is done.
13. Turn the sewn banner over and iron on the second saying, if desired.
14. Have fun with your banner!
I made mine into one long banner, but it could easily be turned into two. Sayings could be changes. The creative possibilities are endless!
Thanks for reading!