Last year I made some dip-dyed pennant banners for the magazine Celebrating Everyday Life. This year I meant to share them with you – early enough you had plenty of time to make some for your Independence Day celebrations. But I didn’t get to it till now and perhaps there are some other procrastinators out there who might still want a project this week
These are really so simple. And yet they will look rather detailed and a bit complicated. So wow your party goers next weekend with some of these strung about the yard!
Dip Dyed Pinwheel Banners Tutorial
You will need:
Drop cloth from a home improvement store (or use any plain fabric you have on hand)
hot glue gun and glue
string or twine
Rit Dye (blue and red)
somewhere outside to hang your pinwheels as they dry
Ribbon or strips of drop cloth
To make the drop cloth pinwheel or medallions cut your drop cloth pieces a minimum of 7.5 by 11. Fray the edges as far as you desire.
Make your first fold along the shorter side of the rectangle. ½ inch in width including the frayed part. You want to end up with your last fold going the same way as the first fold so the frayed edges are on the same side.
Continue to make folds 1/2 inch wide, pressing with your iron as you go.
When you are finished the stack of folded fabric should look like this.
Tie the center of the medallion with bakers twine or ribbon of your choice.
Use hot glue to fasten edges of medallion together to form a circle.
Glue edges together as soon as your hot glue is spread on one side.
Continue by doing the exact same thing to the other side.
Make as many as you want your banner to have. Now you can dip dye your finished medallions if you wish!
I used about 6 inches of water in a bucket. For my blue medallions I used about 1/4 or the bottle of liquid dye and for the red I used 1/3 of the bottle. I wanted my red a bit darker.
Dip the pinwheels in as far as you want them dyed. You can completely submerge them if you want them completely colored. I dipped them a bit over half. Some were dipped a bit more than others – I like the haphazard-however-it-turns-out look
Keep them in the dye as long as you want. They will dry a bit lighter than they look when you take them out of the dye. I just held them in for a few minutes then took them out and hung them outside to drip dry.
I made some blue, some red and left a few un-dyed for the white.
TIP 1: Wear old clothes – you WILL get some dye on you. Especially if there is any breeze at all outside.
To attach to a header ribbon sew (or you can hot glue) small pieces of ribbon to the pinwheels. Those ribbon pieces will then be sewn (or hot glued) to the banner ribbon. For this one I used a long strip of drop cloth, frayed it to match the frayed edges of my pinwheels and folded it double. The ribbon pieces were tucked inside the folded ‘ribbon’ and stitched. You can totally hot glue this too.
Super simple really. And it doesn’t take all that much time. Unless of course you have to stop at every step and photograph it from every angle
Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you another variation of this dip dyed banner!
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