Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Happy 4th Banner

I finally completed my July 4th banner! Yay!
 It is just as cute as I thought it would be...all the fabric in the project is up-cycled, meeting my goal to recycle and re-use.

Below are a few close-ups of the trim...

I love fabric, but in my area there are only two places to buy fabric, and fabric is just part of the store, not their focus. So it is hard to get the quality and style you want, plus it is expensive.
 Most of the fabric and trim I use comes from a local thrift store, or Goodwill. Although they do sometimes have actual yardage, usually what I purchase are stained linens, and clothing.

 I have a system for piecing out the item for re-use. For instance, a ladies shirt:
  •  First I harvest the buttons placing them in my button jar collection, to re-use on future projects
  • Second, I carefully cut off the cuffs, button placket, and hem (a skirt hem was used in the project above to string each pennant shape on to create the banner)
  • If the piece has any lace or trim, I will cut so I get the most out of the piece, and the longest length
  • Pockets can be cut away, to be used in journals, and scrapbooks, etc
  • I usually leave the remainder to cut up as needed, trying to preserve the largest pieces
I am anxious for summer to get here so I can hang my Happy 4th banner, and start planning our family July 4th holiday!

    Check out my Happy 4th Banner {here} along with other Fabulous Fourth Projects at I Gotta Create! blog


    1. Hi Paula, your banner is gorgeous. Thanks for following my blog. x

      1. Thank you, Lisa! We will have fun, growing our blogging skills together!

    2. Great job on the banner. Are the flags made from burlap and how did paint the letters and number? I really love it!

    3. wow. this is soo really lovely. want to invite you to come share this and participate in our linky party here: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

    4. This banner is Fantastic! The colors are SO vibrant and I Love the textures! Very happy little banner ;)
      Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
      <3 Christina

    5. really unique and inspirational, Paula! i am seeing this now for the second time and still love it. thank you for linking it up at our party at http://www.finecraftguild.com

      (btw thank you for featuring our blog party logo, and attempting to link back to our blog. I appreciate it! however, it appears that there's a code error as I see an 'a' above it and there is no link going back to the blog. probably just a little typo. easy to fix it..

    6. Thanks for linking up. I think it is great that you made this out of reused material. And I like how you explained what you cut off from clothes to use for other things. Very inventive!

    7. You're a STAR today over at I Gotta Create! Your lovely July 4th banner is in the Star-Spangled feature lineup. Thanks so much for linking up!

      <3 Christina

    8. This is too darn cute, so I'm gonna pin it!



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