Monday, February 22, 2010

tutorial: ScrapBuster Banner

okay so the other day i made these quilts. and i had a lot of scraps left over. i came up with this scrap buster banner.
and if you end up making this quilt, using my tutorial you will have enough to make this banner as well. i think that would make such a great gift for a baby shower. or to keep for yourself.
as a matter of fact you could make a few of these banners. and a couple of quilts just from one layer cake. um how wrong can you go with that? NOT VERY!
lets get started shall we?

what you will need:
  • coordinating scraps
  • one package of binding (can be found at walmart in the craft section, or you can make your own.)
  • fabric for the back of each flag. can be coordinating ( i had some left over) or it could be muslin.
first you are going to take your scraps and you can make the strips any size you want. because i had some left over from the tutorial of the quilts i made a few more strips at 1 1/2 inches. (with the length of a layer cake: 10 inches)
and i put 5 of them together.
sew them side by side like so.
cut it in half length wise.
*now if you are "quirky" and have to have it a square, you can cut it down to one. i just opted to keep mine at 5 by 5 1/2. it didn't bug me...but i know of people that that would drive them bonkers....so for those people, and you know who you are, for heaven sakes just cut off 1/2 inch to make it square.
cut your backing the same size as your front.
with wrong sides together.
fold it over in half. make sure your fold is away from you.
place your ruler at an angle like the picture above
if you have rotary pinking blade cut your edge with it. or you could use pinking shears
as well like i did in my other banner tutorial.
when you open it up, it should end up looking like this.
top stitch around your flag.
i did some with my scraps going sideways and the other scraps going up and down.
you can get creative and do all one color or do different combination's.
now you are going to sew your flags as a banner using binding follow the rest of the directions here.really you can't go wrong with this banner.
and it gives you the opportunity to use up some of your left over scraps, and not to mention to be able to make multiple banners for different baby showers.
your husband will be so proud of you and your thrifty saving ways.
i'm just saying.

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32 comments:

Bec said...

Haha well we are all proud of your thrifty ways! These are gorgeous, and different from all the others I have seen.

Katherine said...

I love it!

Cheryl said...

I have never bought a layer cake. They are pretty pricey in our area, but if I could convince hubby i could get a couple of quilts and a couple of baners out of it and thus make two baby shower gifts...well, that might just work. Thanks for sharing the tutorial V.

Pinky's Cottage said...

Very creative. Love your banner. Found you from Follow me Fridays.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

That's cute V! I like how you alternated the striped ones. So clever - so V! Jenn

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

I got some faux Cath Kidston fabric on Saturday...and I'm totally make'n one of these!!

valerie said...

i love that i made my 1st banner today i love yr site u come up with such great ideas..

Corners of My Life said...

What a clever way to use up those scraps that seem "too small" for a project.

Jessica Munk said...

Love the banner!! Yesterday I printed off the original tutorial with my 4 year old and told him he could pick the fabrics (with my guidance of course:) I love the idea of pairing the banner with the quilt!

Dogwood said...

Thanks for the great way to use up scraps. I love the colors. Also, the freedom to use them horizonally and vertically which jazzes the banner up a bit.

Sewing is so much fun. I love being creative.

jaybird said...

so cute v!!! now what would i use the banner for...

Emily Call said...

I love banners/buntings... whatever they are called. This one is so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

dana said...

cool! I love all the bright colors

Holly said...

WAY CUTE V. aS ALWAYS

Ribbons and Pigtails said...

Like always....Super-Duper cute!! Hugs, Ingrid

KaHolly said...

Pretty clever!!!! I'll have to store this idea in a very, safe place to use later!!! Thanks. ~karen

photography4me said...

Great blog...just came over from Make life Sweet...Seen that your last name is spelled just like mine.

luvinthemommyhood said...

You knew I was going to have to link to this....so gorgeous! Love it! http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2010/02/link-luv-roundup_24.html

SLO Rober said...

These little banners never get old for me. They just look so cute!

amylouwho said...

totally totally cute. Now I know what to do with my scraps. You and your tutorials! I'm off to raise a stink about how awesome your boy pillows are too. :)

Dee said...

Thanks for such a fun tutorial and inspiring banner and blankets!

The Tripp Family said...

very cute! I love the make life for baby stuff. You just reminded me I need to get a pinking blade for my rotary cutter. Thanks!

pinksuedeshoe said...

Pretty Pretty! I am so getting a pinking blade for my rotary cutter!

Michelle said...

Cute! I've been wanting a pinking blade..guess I need to just do it eh?

Jennifer said...

This is super cute. I really want to make one of these buntings!

Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

Wow, what a great and colourful idea! I would never have thought to make what is essentially a patchwork bunting with my fabric scraps. Thanks for sharing. :)

Mary said...
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Mary said...

I really love the Make Life fabric line, and I especially like how you've used it for this banner. What a great idea!

Nina... said...

A wonderful way to use up scraps. The banner is adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Rita E said...

I love this banner ... it's so cute! Thanks for the great tutorial.

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

Love it! Come link your cute tute at my party: Thursday's Treasures!!
http://treasuresfortots.blogspot.com/2010/02/thursdays-treasures-week-11.html

Aunt Spicy said...

What a fabulous idea! And your fabric choices are so bright and cheery!

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