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Fabric Photo Banner

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Celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with this adorable Fabric Photo Banner from Jen Hagedorn. While this fabric birthday banner has room for only one photo, you're more than welcome to add as many pockets as you'd like. This is also great for using up fabric scraps!

 Fabric Photo Banner

Materials:

Makes one banner about 84" long.

  • Cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • 1 package (3 yards) Double Fold Bias Quilt Binding (7/8” wide)
  • Fabric scraps, at least 6.5" x 7.5”
  • 2 pieces clear vinyl 7.5” x 5.5”, 4mm thickness
  • 4" x 6" photo of your loved one, birthday greeting, or other personalized message


Instructions:

  1. First, make a template out of cardboard to make cutting your flags easy.  Make it 6.5” across the top, then measure down from the center point to 7.5" and mark this spot.  Connect the lines to form a triangle and cut it out.

    Fabric Photo Binder
     
  2. Next, raid your scrap bin.  We made a “boy side” and a “girl side” to the banner.  You could also make a Fourth of July side and a Valentine's Day side, or whatever you like.  Cut 12 triangles for each side of the bunting, 24 in all.

    Fabric Photo Binder
     
  3. You may need to press the triangles before you sew.  Pile them into ‘girl’ and ‘boy’ piles and just like a little fabric-flag promenade, matched one from each pile, right sides together.

    Fabric Photo Binder
     
  4. You only need to sew the two longer edges of the triangle.  When you're ready, use a 1/4” seam allowance.  For a nice point, stop a little before the tip, take 2 or 3 stitches across, then continue down the other side.

    Fabric Photo Binder
     
  5. Clip the tip and then turn, poking the tip out nicely.  Press again, and don’t skip it this time.  It would be a nice touch to topstitch those two edges if you had the time.  Repeat for all 12 flags.
     
  6. Now, looking only at your ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ side, arrange them in an order you like, remembering that there will be 6 to the left of the photo and 6 to the right, so balance the two sides nicely.  Then flip the whole pile over and look at the other side to make sure it looks nice, too.  Set your flags aside, keeping them in order.

    Fabric Photo Binder

    Fabric Photo Binder
     
  7. Cut 3 pieces of your quilt binding 5.5” long and one piece 7.5” long (you may want to cut it a little longer.  Keep the big piece too, that's what all your flags will hang from).

    Fabric Photo Binder
     
  8. To form the photo pocket, enclose a short edge of each vinyl piece in one of your short pieces (5.5") of bias binding and sew along the edge.

    Fabric Photo Binder

    Fabric Photo Binder
     
  9. Now lay these pieces with the bound edges together, this will be the opening on the side where you slide the photos in and out.  Then bind BOTH of the opposite short edges together in the remaining short piece of bias binding and sew.  To be clear, you're enclosing two vinyl edges in one bias tape piece.

    Fabric Photo Binder
     
  10. Lastly, enclose both bottom edges and sew.

    Fabric Photo Binder
     
  11. We left raw edges, but if you don’t like this look, you can cut it a little longer than 7.5” and turn each raw edge inside before you sew it.
     
  12. Now find the center of your long piece of bias binding and the center of your photo pocket.  Enclose the top edge of both pieces of vinyl in the bias binding and sew it down.

    Fabric Photo Binder
     
  13. As you approach the edge of the photo pocket, with your needle down, open up the binding, and tuck the next flag in place, then stopp again near the end of the flag and tucked in another.  Because we are starting in the middle, begin with flag #7 in your pile and work to the end.

    Fabric Photo Binder

    Fabric Photo Binder
     
  14. Then turn the bunting around and again, begin in the middle with flag #6 and work out to the other end. If you have enough binding, you can tuck the ends inside to finish them.
     
  15. Add a grommet to each end to help with preservation.

    Fabric Photo Binder

    Fabric Photo Binder

    Fabric Photo Binder
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