The banner party season

Posted On October 14, 2006

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October puts a smile on faces of crafters around the globe. The month of black, orange, purple and lime-green launches the five-month-long art-a-palooza that encompasses Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day.

In the crafty universe, it is time to party while creating a crafty corner in our homes or bedrooms where we can leave all our art supplies out for ongoing use. To get you warmed up for the season, here is an idea for a porch or patio or even a family room. 

Crystal Gem Halloween Banner >

• 1 piece of typing paper cut into a 6- by 9- by 9-inch triangle (this will be your template)
• Pinking shears
•  1/4 yard of black cotton fabric, cut into five triangles
•  1/4 yard of orange cotton fabric, cut into five triangles
•  1/4 yard of interfacing, cut into five triangles
• Sewing machine and straight pins (or hot glue)
• Iron
• Tulip Halloween Iron On Appliques (available in T-shirt aisle at craft stores)
• 2 yards of black ribbon
• 2 yards of purple pompom fringe

Directions: Use your template and pinking shears to cut five triangles each from the black and the orange fabric, as well as the interfacing. Sort into sets for five triangles, preferably one orange and one black fabric piece per set. Insert one triangle-cut piece of interfacing between the fabric of each set. Sew each set around the sides, leaving the zigzag edges. On a flat surface, use the iron to apply appliquιs to each outer side of the triangle according to package directions. Lay all the triangles in a row and pin the long strand of ribbon along the top to join them. Sew in place. If you do not want to sew, you can substitute hot glue. Apply fringe to the bottom of each triangle. Hang and enjoy!

Variations: Options to appliques include iron-on letters, fabric paint and stencils, squeeze paint and foam stamps, or designs cut from printed fabric. If you want a longer banner, double the necessary supplies. You also can increase the template size for larger triangles.