Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blue Jean Banners- DIY

Photo courtesy of Stephen Cridland
For 4th of July décor, instead of spending money on some flimsy plastic banners that will eventually tear and become garbage, grab some worn-out jeans, scissors and start cutting. Add red ribbon and glue and you’ve renewed your old Levi’s into celebration salvaged decor that will never go out of style.

MATERIALS

  • Three or four pairs of old jeans
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Red ribbon, 3 inches wide by 9 feet long
  • Glue (used Liquid Stitch, a permanent, clear-drying adhesive)

Photo courtesy of Stephen Cridland
DIRECTIONS
1. Cut the legs out and then cut up the side of the seam to let the fabric lie flat.
2. Iron the fabric.
3. Trace out a triangle pattern piece from the fabric. Using your pattern as a guide, trace as many triangles as you can (20 is ideal), making sure not to trace over any seams.
4. Cut out the triangles.
5. Glue the outer edges of the two legs of the triangles and then press them together and let dry.
6. Repeat until you have 10 single streamers.
7. Fold the ribbon widthwise in half and iron.
8. Apply glue to both sides of the top edges of the triangle and slip the fabric in between the folded ribbon. Press the ribbon down so it covers both sides of the top edge of the triangle. Let dry.
9. Repeat the gluing process, spacing the triangles approximately 2 to 3 inches apart.
10. Let dry and hang. Voila!

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