How to Make a Holiday or Any-Day Banner: Conclusion

Once you have sewn all of your flags, begin assembling the banner. Lay your flags on a surface and rearrange them until you find a grouping that you like. Some suggestions would be to place one light-colored flag next to a darker flag, or place a small patterned fabric next to a larger motif. Once you find the ideal arrangement, leave the flags on the work surface, or note the order of the flags and stack them to clear space. 

Let's take a look at the completed banner in Figure 9. I had several blue flags so I put other colored flags between them as much as possible.

 Figure 9:  completed banner demonstrates positioning

Figure 9:  completed banner demonstrates positioning

Unfold the bias tape. Fold it in half lengthwise to find the center. Use a  binder clip to secure the fold. Pick up one of your flags. If you have an odd number of flags, remove the binder clip and line up the center of the flag with the fold in the bias strip. Open the bias tape and insert the flag. Clip the center of the flag inside the bias tape. Tuck each end of the flag inside the bias tape and clip. If you have an even number of flags, place one flag near one side of the centered clip. Open the bias tape, tuck the flag inside, and clip the tape closed around the top of the flag. Using a ruler, space the adjacent center flag about two inches from the flag you just clipped inside the tape.  See figure 10 for a demonstration. 

 Figure 10:  flag spacing

Figure 10:  flag spacing

Continue measuring and inserting flags until finished. Lay the completed banner on a flat surface. Adjust flags as needed.

Next, see figure 11 to follow steps for sealing the ends of the bias tape.. Steps 1 and 2:  open one end of the bias tape, leaving the inner folds alone. Step 3:  fold the outer corners of the end toward the center of the tape to make a pointed tip. Step 4: fold the pointed tip downward. Fold the tape together lengthwise to enclose the folded tip.  Use the clip to hold the end closed.

 Figure 11:  creating the finished ends of the bias tape

Figure 11:  creating the finished ends of the bias tape

Set your sewing machine to size 3 stitch length. Adjust the needle position to the far left. Remove the clip from one end of the bias tape. I prefer to sew on the side of the bias tape that is shorter on top. In figure 12, you can see the slightly shorter side. Insert the bias tape into the machine. Begin topstitching close to the open side of the bias tape. Sew a few stitches, backstitch, then continue stitching, removing clips as you sew. See figure 13. Backstitch again at the other end of the bias tape.

 Figure 12:  topstitching the bias tape

Figure 12:  topstitching the bias tape

 Figure 13: sewing flags between the bias tape

Figure 13: sewing flags between the bias tape

Congratulations! You completed your banner. Hang it up for everyone to enjoy.