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Streamers, the new way

March 23, 2009

While working at my job in Athens three years ago, I came into some fabric. (Yes, much like coming into some money, I excitedly received stacks and stacks of fabric swatches.) I knew these “books” of samples could provide opportunities, but for years, I had no idea what to do with them. Then recently I ran across a tutorial on making fun streamers — kind of like the plastic ones you see hanging around car dealerships — only with fabric. I just needed a festive occasion to make them.

When my gal pals Libby and Liz were having a joint birthday party this month, I knew I could test these streamers out. Here’s how I did it:

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Supplies:

Different fabric scraps

Scissors

Ribbon, about an inch wide

Glue (I chose matte medium)

Step One: Choose anywhere from 25-30 different fabric swatches. You’ll want a variety or at least a family of similar colors.

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Step Two: Cut out a long triangle shape from fabric scrap. Mine were approximately 8 inches by 8 inches by 5 inches. Use that one piece as a template for the other 24-29 fabric swatches.

*Obsessive Compulsive Alert!* Do not spend a lot of time cutting these stinkers out…  It is not a big deal if the edges are jagged or the sides slant in a little. In the grand scheme of things, this will not matter, and it’s good to keep this in perspective while on your 22nd triangle! Don’t make cutting the bane of your existence.

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Step Three: Uncoil your ribbon into a long straight line and place the triangles where you want them to be along the ribbon. I ended up leaving about a half inch to an inch of space between the triangles. (Isn’t my helper a sweetie?)

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Step Four: I used matte medium, given to me by my momma, to glue these flags onto the ribbon. I applied the matte medium with a paintbrush to ensure I didn’t lather on too much. If you don’t have matte medium, I would recommend using this website to help you with all your attaching needs.

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**Side note: As you can probably tell, I put down some scrap looseleaf paper below the ribbon and flags to guard my carpet from any glue mishaps. I don’t recommend this, and I liken this risk to painting your toenails on carpet… If I were smarter, I would have done this in my garage. Thankfully, no carpet was harmed in the making of this streamer.

Step Five: Let dry overnight, and hang! I think they were pretty — albeit subtle — decorations for the party. And, also a great backdrop for pictures! :)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. M & D permalink
    March 25, 2009 7:16 pm

    Matte Medium! an artist’s acid-free panacea. that’s my girl. I’m so proud.
    m

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