Thursday, June 25, 2015

Festive Independence Day Pennants!!

I feel that Pennants are always a festive decoration for any occasion, so I decided to make some for Independence Day. 

In the past I have made pennants with paper, and I've sewn them double sided, but this time I decided to use my Christmas present to make them, my pinking shears. 

Here's what I did: 

1. I happened to have some festive fabric left from when I made my daughter a holiday skirt years ago (no comments on the fabric hoarding. It has been seriously reduced in the last year).  

2. I measured out my desired size, in this case 12"x6", made a pattern out of cardstock,  and got to work pinning and cutting. 

3. I cut enough triangles out to make two 12' pennants, and one 15' pennant.  I determined my need with a simple calculation - 12' string of pennants = 12 1' triangles.  

I lined the pieces out on the living room floor so that I could put a critical eye to the arrangement of the patterns. 

4. Once I had the order figured out I set to making my bias tape for stringing. 
I like making my own bias tape to string pennants. I can match fabrics better than I can with packaged tape (and the packages are super expensive), and in my opinion ribbon doesn't offer enough strength against the elements. 

5. I purchased 2 yards of starred fabric. I then measured out 3" strips, and tore along the entire yardage to create a 3"x72" "ribbon". 

6. I'm fond of tearing fabric. 

7. I stitched two stands together to make a 12 foot section, then stitched on another 3' to create an allowance of 1 1/2' on either side of the pennants for hanging. 

8. Next I folded the ribbon over and created a crease down the middle of the strip. I then folded each edge in, lining both sides up to the middle crease, then pressed with a hot iron. 

9. Then I started pinning the triangles. I lined the tops up to the middle crease then folded and pressed down over each triangle and pinned. 

10. A simple topstitch along the edge and viola!, festive Independence Day pennants!

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Name!! Scratch Made Market!!

Because another Portland craft show had a name similar to ours, we renamed ours "Scratch Made Market".

The Scratch Made Market is Saturday, October 17, 2015 10am - 4pm at the Beaverton Merchant Hall, 12775 SW Beaverdam Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005. 

Scratch Made Market is brought to you by Jenn Barker of Curiosities Vintage and Betsy Miller of Orange Cat Craft. 

 If you would like to participate as a vendor, please visit the the application HERE, print and fill out the application, and mail it to us at the address listed on the application. 

For great booth merchandising ideas, visit our Pinterest idea board!

 See you soon!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pincushion Planning

I bought some little "containers" that are just waiting for walnut shells to fill them and cover them with beautiful fabric. I'll be staying cool in the craft room this weekend thank you very much!