Oct 1, 2012

Triange Banner (No Sew!)

Remember that porch update I showed you all a few weeks ago? Well, we have actually made some big changes out there, but before I show you those, I wanted to share a little craft I did. It's almost too easy to post about, but I figured, why not? I mean, it is my blog. So that means I can post anything, right?

 Here is the before. I decided that empty space above the mailbox needed something. The options were limited because the wall is siding and I couldn't make any holes in it. I entertained the idea of hanging some sort of tapestry from the ceiling, but ultimately decided that it would be difficult to get it to stay in place. I also looked at a few peel-and-stick decals, but the ridges in the siding limited how big the decal could be. Lastly, I decided I wanted something um, free. Because that's how I roll. So this is triangle banner that I came up with:

Want to make a no-sew triangle banner yourself? Here's what I did:

Step 1: Make a stencil. I just used card-stock to create a triangle pattern. Use a ruler to make sure it is a true isosceles triangle. Mr. Blakeman, you were so right - I will use geometry in real life!

Step 2: Trace your stencil onto the wrong side of the fabric then cut it out. 

Step 3: Repeat step 2 over and over again until your hand hurts and you begin to hate geometry once again. 

Step 4: Using pinking shears, cut around the edge of each triangle. You will probably have to get your husband to help you with this part because your hands will still be aching from step 3.  

Step 5: Glue the backs of the triangles onto ribbon using a hot glue gun. I actually used twine as my "ribbon" because it was on hand, and I like the way it looks.

 Step 6: Hang as desired.

A few notes:
* I realize this might not the be the "best" method for making a banner, but I think it works really well if the banner will only be seen from one side and you don't own a sewing machine.
* The pinking shears keep the fabric from fraying. They are pretty much the key to this method. You can get them for about $20 on Amazon.
* This is a great project for fabric scraps, which is what I used (making it free!). 
*You might also notice that we hung some string lights - more on that later!


  1. The edges of your final banner don't look like they were done with pinking shears. Do I need glasses or do you fold it over? Such a great porch decoration!

    1. Aw thanks, Kelli :) Yep, the edges are done with pinking shears! I think it must be really subtle... but up close they look good - the zigzag edges are kinda cute!

  2. I'm so glad that I'm following you! I love how your banners turned out. They look great. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome work:)


  3. i LOVE bunting and banners. this looks awesome. my mom used to use pinking shears, but I'd completely forgotten about them! i may just have to go get some!!!

    there's a party at my place, if you feel like stopping by!
    i found you at Alderberry Hill.

  4. I've been really wanting to make a banner but was a little hesitant about the method to use. Your tutorial is simple and easy to understand. Really like your blog! I'll be following along as a new reader. :)


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