Stars and Stripes Party!

June 29, 2010

Greetings everyone, welcome to the Stars & Stripes Party !

cg front porch fourth

Don’t you just love the Fourth of July ?

I do!  It’s truly one of my favorite holidays.  There’s something about the traditions of barbeques and fireworks, and all that red, white, and blue that gets me in the mood to celebrate the land of the free and home of the brave.

stars and stripes party button

This year, we’ve invited many of our friends over to our home for an evening BBQ.  Since all of the guests come right through the front door, and since we watch the city fireworks from our front yard, I thought I’d give our guests an extra special welcome by dolling up the porch with some patriotic pom poms, and my latest creation, this ticking stripe banner.

I hung it up this morning, and I’ve just gotta share . . we live on a somewhat busy street, and I’ve noticed all the neighbors are all slowing down to read it, and then smiling.  I love that !

cg porch banner


Here’s the quick tutorial on the Ticking Stripe Fabric Banner:

Supplies:  1.5 yards red ticking stripe; 1.5 yards navy ticking stripe; 2 yards cotton canvas lining (optional); rope or twine; 4 yards of ribbon; iron on transfers; sewing machine or stitch witchery.

Cut enough pieces of fabric in size 10” x 12” to create your individual banner flags.   Next, format your iron on letters on your computer, then print them in reverse (mirror).  Cut out the reverse letters with scissors, close to the edge of the bold font.

iron on letters

Iron on your letters to your individual 10” x 12” swatches of fabric.  Once they are completely cool, carefully remove your iron on backing.

iron on letters steps

Next, if you want to line the back of your flags, sew them inside out.  Fold over your individual flags over the rope and sew together.

sew banner flags


Tie ribbons in between the flags to keep them in place. 

Total time for this double banner: 3.5 hours.

Obviously a single banner will take much less time !   

     cg banner on porch


cg banner up close

I think the red ticking stripe would make a fantastic ‘peppermint’ themed banner at Christmas time, don’t you ?

Don’t forget Old Glory, proudly blowing in the breeze . . .

flag on fourth


Festive tissue paper pom poms are incredibly easy to make . . . I simply followed Martha’s tutorial.


rwb pom poms


tissue paper pom poms


Fireworks Pom Poms:

cg firecracker pom pom How do you make the blue paper’s edges white to look like fireworks ?

Simple !

Dip your edges in a bleach solution (one half water, one half chlorine bleach) up to an inch, and then let the edges dry for 24 hours.

Then follow the same tissue paper pom pom tutorial on Martha’s site.

Beware, it doesn’t work on the red tissue, I tried it, and the edges turned a very strange orange color.

But I bet you could achieve the same effect with the white tissue, and turn the edges any bright color you want with some Rit dye.




I even made this linen backed grain sack pillow out of a creative source from my local hardware store.

grain sack pillow


So there’s my oh-so-festive patriotic porch all decked out for the Fourth !

banner on porch


If you want a closer peek at the red, white, and blue plants and my other ticking stripe pillows on our porch, hop over to this Patriotic Porch post from a few weeks ago.

swirl snip

Now it’s your turn !! 

What inspires you this Fourth of July?

Anything related to the red, white, and blue will do !

Do you have a special craft, some fab decorations, or a scrumptious summer recipe?

Even your inspiration posts will work, and you blog veterans feel free to post something from last year.    Go ahead, link up and share!

stars and stripes party buttonPlease link up with your theme specific post, not your general blog address.

Also, please be so kind as to copy and paste this image to the right into your post, and link back to this party.  Much obliged!

The link party will be active until 9 p.m. PST (midnight EST) through Thursday July 1st.


Now let’s party peeps.



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