We had a birthday party last week for a little friend of the kids. The sweetest little girl, she was turning 4. I had a recurrence of my DDD (Date Deficiency Disorder) and thought I had an extra week so the gift I ordered online didn’t arrive. We made a trip to Walmart and a few other stores in town to find something and just didn’t find anything we liked (ah, the joys of small town and limited shopping – I love it, really I do). So we decided to go home and be creative. The kids and I brainstormed and we decided that a banner with her name on it was what we needed to do.
I set to work and pulled out some scraps that had the same colors in them. I cut a triangle template from a piece of plexi-glass and cut out all the pennants, a batting and backing for each pennant. Then I stitched them together on the machine. I left the edges exposed and unfinished because I wanted a shabby look.
I used my cricut and cut the letters (although I had to finish them by hand because I didn’t have my settings correct). You can cut fabric with the cricut if you have a new(er) blade and a good sticky mat. Simply use iron-on heat ‘n bond adhesive and iron it to the backside of the fabric. Put it on the mat, cut it at blade depth 6, pressure medium to medium high and slow speed. You might want to do multi cut and medium speed, depending on your fabric. Then iron on the applique to your item. (I believe I used the Princess cartridge).
I also used some of my scrapbook trims and my Beacon 3 in 1 adhesive and glued the pom pons on three of the pennants. Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Beacon 3 in 1 liquid adhesive? It’s awesome stuff!! Think of it as a room temperature hot glue, yeah, it rocks.
Finally, to finish it off, I thought the pearls would be the perfect mix of girly princess and shabby. So I stitched by hand each pennant to a rope of pearls.
Now, I think I just need to change my name to Kathleen so I can keep it!