When preparing for Easter last week, I decided it would be nice to have some kind of spring-like festive banner in the living room. I dug through my fabric stash and found a variety of bright scraps, which I cut into diamond shapes that were about a foot long and 5 inches wide. I folded each diamond in half (with the pretty side of the fabric facing out) to create a triangle, and zig-zag stitched each triangle together, leaving a channel at the folded end of the triangle, through which I could string a ribbon. (You can see in the photo of the pink triangle where the stitching ends– that allows you to string the triangles together.)
Once I had a few dozen diamonds sewn into triangle shapes, I laid them in a row on the living room floor and experimented with color arrangements to see what looked prettiest. Just like with a quilt, the pieces all in a heap looked haphazard– you can see I’ve got a lot of different patterns happening– but once I figured out a pattern, they ended up looking really nice together.
Since each triangle still has two raw edges, they may eventually unravel and look a bit ragged. But I think if I treat my banners gently, I should be able to get quite a bit of celebrating out of them before they fall completely apart. If you want, you could cut out the shapes with pinking shears so that they would be less likely to unravel.
I strung my banner with plain old curling ribbon, the kind you use to decorate a package, because that’s what I had. You could use a fancier ribbon or even twine if you prefer. I’m thinking the banners I pulled together (I made three) will be fun for spring and summer gatherings, as well as birthdays anytime.
You could make a similar banner with fall colors or Christmas colors to display later in the year. It might also be fun to pin or hot-glue alphabet letters on each triangle, spelling out Happy Spring, Happy birthday, or the name of a birthday kid. This type of banner would also be adorable as decor in a child’s room. So many possibilities!