DIY Fabric Banner

Two Fridays ago, I started rearranging our common area furniture. This is typical to my compulsive must-rearrange-the-furniture-on-a-regular-basis-nature. But this time I decided to go a little crazy, move more furniture than normal and completely change the flow of our apartment. (Huh, don’t know why I threw out my back…) all before Sean came home from work and could call me a maniac. But I did it! And I absolutely LOVED it. But all of that feng-shui left an empty area over our radiator. And no one likes a lonely nook. So, I decided that this solitary area gave me the perfect excuse to create a fabric banner.Penant AngledNow I must disclaim that making this fabric banner was not as “spur of the moment” as I let on. I actually have been wanting to make a fabric pennant for awhile. But because I had already made a paper pennnat for our entry way, I needed to create one that was really different. After looking around stores and Pinterest for while, I decided that I would make a simple tie pennant– no sewing necessary, and I could upcycle some of my old clothing. So I put on a movie and went to work! PenantAll I did was measure out the length of twine that I wanted my banner to be.

:::Then I cut strips about four inches long from old t-shirts and cardigans. I decided to use three more muted colors, simply because Sean and I already have a lot of bright colors in our living space.

:::Next, all I did was tie the strips, in half, around the twine.

:::I looped the edges to make hanging easier, then rigged it up.

Room shot of Penant

In the end, I really liked the way it looked. I appreciate that it isn’t another piece of artwork hanging squarely over a shelf. I like that it gives a little more dimension to the space and draws the eye to the window. Plus, the tapered and jagged effect of the fabric reminds me in some ways of the edges of Tibetan Prayer Flags…. which I haven’t made, but clearly need to now.

I’ll post a few more pictures of the mess I made two Fridays ago and the great space I ended up with, soon!