Monday, July 14, 2014

Easy Fabric Swatch Banner


Have you ever ordered several different fabric swatches for something and after you've made your decision about which fabric you want aren't sure what to do with the swatches?  Or maybe only packrats like me give them a second thought before they hit the trash.

Either way, I made this small little fabric banner out of a few swatches I ordered when considering recovering a chair.  

All you need are the swatches, some ribbon or jute string, scissors, and hot glue or other adhesive. 
Have I ever mentioned how much I love my hot glue gun?



Cut all the squares diagonally from one corner to the next.  



 If you'll notice, you have a right triangle.  That means you will need to arrange your triangles so that the longest side goes along the top of the banner, otherwise everything will look lopsided and asymmetrical...unless lopsided and asymmetrical is your kind of thing.



I split the halves into two groups, and arranged each group so that the patterned swatches and solid swatches were evenly spaced.  I also made my sequence for the second group the same sequence as the first group.  



Keep them in line so your sequence doesn't get out of order and use your adhesive or hot glue gun to attach the ribbon or jute to the back sides.


Now you have a cheap and simple fabric banner that can be useful for all kinds of decorations!  

I used mine to drape over an open suitcase at a party, and I may use it this fall in my house!




I kind of like it on my chalkboard in the craft room!






The thing I like most about this little banner is how versatile it is, and since it isn't a paper one I can fold it up and use it over and over for different parties, events, and at home!
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20 comments:

  1. That's very cute! Before I got rid of all of my sewing stuff (sad!) I always had tons of fabric scraps, this is a good project for the leftovers from sewing projects, too!

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    1. Aww, that is sad to get rid of your fabrics! You'll have all kinds of new fun opportunities to make crafts in China!

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  2. Yeah, a fun way to clean out my stash. I will be making one for my classroom. I have all kinds of quilt scraps left.
    Thanks,
    Sarah

    Kovescence of the Mind

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  3. This is adorable! I really like the fabric instead of paper :)

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  4. Very cute. They look great! Aways satifying to use what you've got...and use it over and over again.

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    1. Thanks Susan! I deem not going to the store to buy my supplies my genre, I love to make something out of nothing...or not much anyway. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. This is a great scrapbuster! And with swatches they all match. I just restarted my Make it Monday Party and would love for you to stop by and share your project. Hope to see there! (There's even a giveaway)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about the party! Yes, I hate throwing stuff out, so I'm glad I could utilize the swatches instead of tossing them!

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  6. This is a great way to destash my fabric bins. I am so glad you shared at Make It Monday.

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  7. We have done this too in our fairy garden except we stapled the fabric over the spring, it lasted for month outdoors which surprised me. Popping by from Creative Monday

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, wow, good to hear it lasted so long outdoors! Might have to make one for the front porch for autumn this year!

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  8. Congratulations! This post is going to be featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

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  9. Aww great project here :) love how they turned out ...


    Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays, featuring your post this week and pinned :)

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  10. Such a great idea!! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share your idea with us http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/09/centerpiece-wednesday_16.html

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