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Published on July 1st, 2009 | by Becky Striepe


Crafty Reuse: Making a Scrap Fabric Banner

Summer is here! That means cookouts, porch parties, and backyard picnics! You can fancy up your next outdoor shindig with this easy peasy fabric scrap banner. Here’s what you need to make one:

  • 11 8″ x 8″ scraps
  • one 8″ x 8″ piece of scrap cardboard or heavy paper
  • pinking shears
  • about 100″ of bias tape or ribbon
  • two clothespins

Grab your piece of cardboard and cut out a triangle that’s 8″ on each side and 7″ across the top, like the one pictured to the right there. That’s your flag template.

Then use your pinking shears to cut out your 11 triangles. Once they’re ironed, work out what order you want them to hang on your banner and set them aside.

Iron your ribbon or bias tape, then fold it in half to find the center. You’re going to start by pinning the middle triangle, working your way out. Leave about 1″ between each triangle. If you used bias tape, stick the top of the triangle into the fold. If you used ribbon, just pin it onto the back.

When you’re done pinning, there should be at least a 12″ tail on each end of the banner.

Run the pinned banner through your machine using either a straight or a zig zag stitch.

You’re ready to hang! String the banner between two tree branches or fence posts. Wrap the tails around and secure them with your clothespins:

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About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

6 Responses to Crafty Reuse: Making a Scrap Fabric Banner

  1. Robyn says:

    I love this idea! thanks!

    Any thoughts on what to do with a used old plastic shower curtain liner? I hate just throwing it out…

  2. Sure! You can use an old shower liner as a tarp. Maybe I’ll pull together a roundup of those next!

  3. I receive calls here all the time from customers looking for final resting places for their used and unused fabrics. This is a creative and fun idea that the whole family can get in on. If you live in or around the Pennsauken, NJ area, fabric remnants are abound at or store to help complete a perfect fabric banner

  4. Nicky Marble says:

    Cool! I hope I have a stock of them old fabrics stored in the attic. I’m thinking of making some decorations for my son’s birthday party. Thanks for sharing your idea! Maybe I’ll put the letters of “Happy birthday, Jimmy” on the banners. Would that be a great idea? =D

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  6. sport banner says:

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

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