Cheap and Easy No-Sew Fabric Banner Tutorial II

Good morning, friends!
I’m home from church today with a sick boy, so I decided to jump in headfirst to my classroom decor by making a no-sew fabric banner.  Also, I’m trying to avoid cleaning the house. 
Let me be real honest: I can sew minimally.  I am a do-it-now kinda girl, and if I wanted to actually sew a banner, that would involve me going to my mom’s, lugging her behemoth of a sewing machine back to my place, threading bobbers, and probably royally messing my project up.  And that would likely end up taking me twenty-five years. 
So, I no sew.  Instead, I stitch-witch ( or Heat-n-Bond).
Here’s what you’ll need for your own new-sew fabric banner project:
– Fabric (I purchased 3 fat quarters for $1.27 a piece at Walmart.)
– Ribbon  (I purchased 18 feet – 2 spools – for $1.97 a piece at Walmart.)
– Iron-on Adhesive (I purchased 1 pkg that was 10 yards for $1.27 at Walmart.)
– Your trusty iron
– Scissors
– Approximately 1.5-2 hours of your time
First you’re going to cut out a bunch of isosceles triangles.  I made a template as a guide, but only used it a few times, as I usually just eyeball it.  {Sidenote:  I’m not a measure-er.  And, in my opinion, nothing has to be perfect or precise!  I do not get caught up on jagged edges, uneven lines, or consistent sizing.  Believe me, the end product will be just as cute and no one is going to be looking that close at it, especially if it’s hanging up.}
Cut, cut, cut. 
Before you begin your project, remember: you’re going to be doing everything “upside down,” so that when you flip it over to the side you want to display, you’ll see the right side of the ribbon and fabric.  I hope that made sense!
Now, roll out the ribbon and apply the iron-on adhesive (paper-side up). Turn the steam off of your iron, and make sure it’s warmed up to a 5 or 6.  Run your hot iron over top of the paper side of the iron-on adhesive.
Now, peel the paper backing off of the iron-on adhesive.
Now, arrange your triangles how you want, ensuring that the decorative side of the fabric is face-down.  Also, I overlap my triangles slightly so that my iron doesn’t pick up any of the sticky adhesive.  Now, run your iron over the top part of the triangle that’s in contact with the iron-on adhesive. This will bond the ribbon with the fabric.
When I shot the pic above, I had yet to make them overlap, but fortunately realized I needed to do so before taking the iron to it 🙂

Continue this process until you’ve used up all your triangles or ribbon. 



Now, you have yourself a cheap, easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy fabric banner for your classroom (or birthday party or kiddo’s bedroom, even!).  Super simple.  Super cheap.  Just the way I like it 🙂

Using the supplies I listed above, I made 18 feet worth of banner with a few triangles of each color left over, and about half a spool of Heat-n-Bond remaining. 

{PS. I wrote a post almost identical to this last year, but wanted to include more details this time around.  You can see it HERE. }

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Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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