Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Touch of Plaid, A Tutorial, and How to Incorporate Trends in Your Home

Are you mad for plaid or is plaid bad?  Sorry, former preschool teacher, we like to rhyme.  I shared earlier in the month that one of the trends I was noticing (in both clothing and home decor) is plaid.  I had a few people say that is one trend they couldn't jump into.

Remember, when adding a trend, a touch will do.  You don't want to invest big money in a trend that will be old news next year.  Purchasing new plaid drapery may be going  a tad overboard. Incorporating a trend with pillows and other accessories is a perfect way to try it out and add some fun touches, but not have a meltdown because you are stuck with a big investment for years.

This plaid banner is a perfect way to add a touch of something new, without going whole hog.
Touch of Plaid, Banner tutorial, Incorporating Trends http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-touch-of-plaid-tutorial-and-how-to.html
I used recycled thrift store flannel shirts and pajamas.  You could buy new flannel as well, I just like the idea of using something old and keeping it out of the landfill.  I used some 2 sided interfacing, aka Wonder Under, to fuse two piece of the plaid flannel together.  This made the fabric more stiff and gave it more body for hanging.  It also is good to do if you are hanging the banner in a window or across the ceiling where both sides will be seen. 
Touch of Plaid, Banner tutorial, Incorporating Trends http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-touch-of-plaid-tutorial-and-how-to.html
I made a cardstock triangle and laid it on the fabric and cut around them.  I intended to use my pinking sheers, but they were too dull to cut through the layers.
Touch of Plaid, Banner tutorial, Incorporating Trends http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-touch-of-plaid-tutorial-and-how-to.html
After cutting a good stack of triangles,
Touch of Plaid, Banner tutorial, Incorporating Trends http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-touch-of-plaid-tutorial-and-how-to.html
I used double folded bias tape for the ribbon.
Touch of Plaid, Banner tutorial, Incorporating Trends http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-touch-of-plaid-tutorial-and-how-to.html
I am not a pinner when I sew, but I did pin the pennants in the fold of the bias tape and sewed along the length of the tape using a zig-zag stitch.
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A touch of cozy plaid is perfect for the winter months.
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The just breathe sign is a leftover from sales and seemed appropriate for the next few busy months.
Touch of Plaid, Banner tutorial, Incorporating Trends http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-touch-of-plaid-tutorial-and-how-to.html
Think about how you can add just small bits of pieces of trends to keep your decor fresh, but you still.
Touch of Plaid, Banner tutorial, Incorporating Trends http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-touch-of-plaid-tutorial-and-how-to.html

9 comments:

  1. Great idea and I have an old plaid shirt that will be perfect for this!

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  2. Hi Becky, nice way to add some plaid (love your colour choices). Pinned.
    Joy

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  3. Looks lovely! My dad has tonnes of plaid shirts, wonder if I can persuade him to part with any? Haha.

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  4. Very cute and now your trending with plaid :)

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  5. Thank you for sharing the Wonder Under trick! I made a plaid bunting but it hangs a bit flimsy-ish. Can't wait to try your trick!

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  6. Becky, Your plaid banner is so cute! I'm glad for once that I haven't cleaned out my closet. Time to purge the closet and cut some triangles from my old plaid winter sleep pants. Win win for me! Can't wait to make a banner. TFS!

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  7. Such a great idea! I love your banner. :)

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  8. Love the plaid banner!! Adorable!!! have a great day, Lisa

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your kind words!