With all of the red, whites and blues coming out in honor of the coming Memorial Day, my thoughts are also turning to all of the patriotic holidays summertime brings us. I always tend to decorate with more of a vintage feel for the Fourth of July. This Vintage Fourth of July Banner seemed like just the thing to add some holiday decor to my mantel this year.
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Begin with two different fabrics. I used one that is blue with white stars and a bit of a vintage look to it. Cut a triangle in a pennant shape from cardboard to use as a pattern. Fold over the fabric and put the top of the pattern pennant on the fold. 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.
Open 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.
You 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.
Next, get an old book. I used a standard size paperback and tore out several pages. Soak the pages in some coffee for at least ten minutes. 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.
When your page is dry you will fold it back and forth in an accordion pattern.
When your pages are all folded into the accordion shapes, fold each piece in half as shown above and add glue to the edges as shown and press together.
This will leave you with a fan shape like this one. You will need four of these for each rosette you want to make. How many you need will depend upon how long you want your garland to be. I am using my garland on my mantel, but you could use it over a doorway, or on a hutch. There are so many places you could use this garland to add a little vintage look to your fourth of July decor.
You will then apply glue to all of the sides to attach all of the pieces of your rosette together.
Using 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.
Thread 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.
Tie your rosettes between the fabric pennants and your banner will be ready to hang. The second fabric I used was left from a past Fourth of July Wreath.
I am so happy with how my banner turned out. The vintage look is just what I was going for! You can see the tutorial for the driftwood sailboats here!
Decorate your mantel or fireplace with this great vintage looking Fourth of July banner or choose different fabric and use this for other holidays. I liked this looks so much that I made a Vintage Wreath with the scrap fabric from my banner and more book page rosettes. Wouldn’t this same idea look pretty with Christmas fabric for a vintage Christmas look?