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January 26, 2015

1st Birthday Highchair BannerI made this winter themed highchair banner to use at my son's 1st birthday party. I absolutely love it and plan to use it as a decoration in his room now.

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Supplies:

  • 1/4 yd of each fabric (for strips)
  • 1/4 yd fabric (for pennant)
  • scrap fabric (for #1)
  • 1/4 yd double-sided fusible webbing
  • 1/4 yd paper-backed fusible webbing
  • assorted trims (rick rack, pom pom trim, ribbon, etc.)
  • single fold bias tape (or double fold)
  • Command Hooks (small clear hooks)
  • scissors
  • lighter, optional (to prevent fraying)

Steps:

  1. Measure the outside edge of the highchair tray. Add a few inches to each end for tying. Then measure and cut the bias tape for the banner.
  2. Create a 5" x 8" template for the pennant. Cut out two pieces of fabric (be aware of directional designs) bigger than the pennant size. Cut out a piece of double-sided fusible webbing and iron it in-between the pieces of fabric, following the instructions. Attach the template to the fabric using rolled pieces of tape. Cut around the template.
  3. template and fabric
     
    trace pennant template
     
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  4. Create a template for the #1. Cut a piece of paper-backed webbing just bigger than the template. Iron the webbing onto the wrong side of the fabric, following the instructions. Trace around the template and cut out the shape. NOTE: Be sure to trace your number backwards, since you will be turning it over when attaching it.
  5. trace number template
     
    cut out number
     
  6. Remove the paper backing from the #1 and adhere it to the pennant, following the instructions.
  7. remove backing on number
     
    iron on number
     
  8. Find the center of the bias tape. Lay the pennant edge on the bias tape and fold it over. Then sew the bias tape to the pennant.
  9. sew bias tape to pennant
     
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  10. For the scrap strips, tear fabric into 2 inch wide strips. Because it will tear along the grain (from selvage to selvage) your first strip will likely be crooked and unusable. So after tearing the first strip, tear two more for the banner.
  11. Cut each strip in half and then in half again. This will give you 4 pieces from each strip. Measure the fabric strips, then cut trim pieces of equal length.
  12. Fold each piece of fabric or trim in half, lay it across the bias tape for the banner and bring the ends through the loop to attach them. Pull gently to tighten. Continue until the banner is full to the ends.
  13. attach fabric strips
     
    attach other trims 1
     
    attach other trims 2
     
  14. Tie loops at the ends of the banner. Attach clear hooks to the highchair tray and hang the banner on the hooks.
  15. finished banner on highchair
     
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