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A Vintage Look Fourth of July Banner

I am already thinking Fourth of July and making a Fourth of July Banner this week.  I really like adding a vintage feel to my patriotic decorations for the holiday.

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Vintage Patriotic BannerBegin with two different fabrics.  I used this one that is blue with white stars and a bit of a vintage look to it.  I cut a triangle in a pennant shape from cardboard to use as my pattern.  Fold over your fabric and put the top of the pattern pennant on the fold.  I find it is easiest to cut around this pattern using a rotary cutter.  If you are using a rotary cutter, make sure you have a cutting mat beneath it.  Vintage Look Fourth of July BannerOpen your folded pennant on an ironing board.  Cut fusible bonding web in pieces and place them down the edges of your pennant and place a piece about one inch below the fold.  Flip the top back over and press to fuse the fabric with an iron.  Vintage Look Fourth of July BannerYou will now have a pocket at the top of your pennants to feed the rope for your banner through.  Repeat this alternating pennants of the two different fabrics on your rope.  Vintage Look Fourth of July BannerNext you will want to take an old book, I used a standard size paperback and tear out several pages.  Soak the pages in some coffee for at least ten minutes and then carefully take them out and lay them out to dry.  Make sure the surface you lay your pages out is non porous, as the coffee could stain as the surface you are drying it on.

Vintage Look Fourth of July Banner

When your page is dry you will fold it back and forth in an accordion pattern.  Vintage Look Fourth of July Banner

When your page is folded, you will fold that in half as shown above and add glue to the edges as shown and press together.  Vintage Look Fourth of July BannerThis will leave you with a fan shape like this one.  You will need four of these for each rosette you will make.  Vintage Look Fourth of July BannerYou will then apply glue to all of the sides to attach all of the pieces of your rosette together.  Vintage Look Fourth of July BannerUsing a thin string or hemp cord and are large eyed needle, you will thread the string through your rosette so you can attach it to your banner.  Vintage Look Fourth of July BannerThread your string down through your book pages on each side of your rosette.  If you are concerned your glue will not hold your rosette together, you can thread through twice, through each piece of your rosette.  Pull the string behind your rosette, you will use it to tie to the rope of your banner.  Vintage Look Fourth of July BannerTie your rosettes between the fabric pennants and your banner will be ready to hang.  The second fabric I used was left from last year’s Fourth of July wreath.  Vintage Look Fourth of July Banner

I am so happy with my banner that I like it in two places in my home, I guess it will be time to make another one!  You can see the tutorial for the driftwood sailboats here!

Vintage Look Fourth of July Banner
Vintage Look Fourth of July BannerDecorate your mantel or fireplace with this great vintage looking Fourth of July banner or choose different fabric and use this for other holidays.  Look for the wreath I will be making with the scrap fabric from my banner and more book page rosettes!

I’ll be sharing this at the following link parties:  Project Inspired | Create Link Inspire 

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19 Comments

  1. Chloe, this looks really good, not cheap like so many can. I somehow missed that sailboat post, but just now found it on a search (just this past week!). Maybe adding a backtrack link to it on this post would be convenient for readers….I just love this look. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Pam. I often struggle writing my tutorials, hoping they are clear. I will be doing this banner on FB Live for Hometalk this Friday at 3 PM ET, I always think those are great because people can ask questions as I go along.

  2. Are you going to do a HomeTalk segment on this? Excellent tutorial and I love how you stained the book pages. You are way ahead of the game with the holidays and hopefully, you can take a small breather soon.

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