When we were first married, I had this cardboard birthday banner that I used to string across the kitchen for my husband's birthday. He commented each time I did it how neat it was to have the kitchen decorated for him.
That cardboard one is long gone.
It was my goal to have a fabric birthday banner made before my son's first birthday.
Make that his second birthday.
Umm...didn't happen again.
Oh well. It's done now. Fabric scraps is what I used. A bit of it is upcycled. I used the ribbons from my brother's plethora of racing medals. Believe me, he won't notice they're missing. Makes it a little bit more special having a little sentimental meaning. Anyway, there's instructions/pattern below so you can make one out of paper, felt or fabric.
I made it red, white and blue not only for our little firecracker's birthday, but so I can turn it around and just use the red, white and blue for other patriotic holidays.
Besides being a bit mixed up from blowing in the wind, I think it was just the little bit of jazz needed for a special someone's first birthday.
Templates for the Happy Birthday Banner found here:
Directions to make three ways:
A) Out of Paper. Cut triangles. Cut letters. Affix letters to triangles with glue/double sided tape. Hang from ribbon/rope via clothespins/tape.
B) Out of Felt: Cut triangles. Cut letters. Affix letters to triangles using hot glue gun, new sew heat n bond or stitching. Overlap top corner edges on each successive triangle by 1- 1 1/2 inches, pinning in place(see close up photo above for reference). Stitch 1/4 inch from edge. Stitch ribbon to end of banner to hang.
C) Out of fabric: Cut 2 triangles. Cut letters. Applique letters to each triangle using no sew heat n bond/double sided interfacing and zig zag stitching. Notch corners. Place two triangles together, right sides together. Stitch along edges, leaving a 3 inch gap on top. Turn inside out and press. Hand stitch the top closed. Overlap top corner edges on each successive triangle by 1- 1 1/2
inches, pinning in place (see close up photo above for reference). Stitch 1/4 inch from edge. Stitch ribbon to
end of banner to hang.