New address: 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210-1409.
Used with permission from Christine Michell.
Make several copies so that people doing different tasks can have a copy while working. Make sure you read through the entire set of directions before starting. This is a complicated multi-step process and you will want to make sure you understand every step. It is also highly recommended that if you do not have a lot of sewing and quilting experience, find someone in your church who does.
Fabric in 6 colors (with the following specifications)
STEP 1: IRONING
STEP 2: CUTTING
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CUTTING NEW CLOTH
1) Start with a manageable length of fabric to work with (about 2 yards or less) — cut it to be manageable if necessary. This will make everything else easier. You can also do this before ironing.
2) Fold in half lengthwise to bring the finished edges (selvages) together, and smoothing the fabric flat on the table. (2 layers of fabric at this point)
3) Fold in half end to end, bringing the rough-cut ends together. (4 layers)
4) Fold lengthwise again to make the width fit on the board. (8 layers)
5) Square off ends with the straight-edge and rotary cutter. This is easy, using the grid on the cutting mat to line up the fabric, and then line up the straight edge along a grid-line across the fabric. Always try to line up two perpendicular edges along the grid to make sure the corners will be square. Take the guard off the rotary cutter and carefully press the cutter through the layers of fabric and along the straight-edge. You probably want a friend to help you hold down the straight-edge so it doesn't move while you're cutting.
6) Undo last fold
7) Fold fabric in half end to end again, bringing folded end to line up with the freshly-cut ends. (8 layers) The length of the fabric should now fit on the cutting board.
8) If the salveges do not line up perfectly, you may wish to straighten the selvage edge by lining up most of the salveges along a grid line, and just cutting off the bits of the selvage that stick out.
9) To cut the first 11 inch strip, line up the selvage edges with a line close to the side of the board. Use the straight edge and rotary cutter to cut parallel to, and 11 inches away from the selvage edges. Remove the resulting two finished strips to go to the serging stage.
10) If there is at least an 11-inch (doubled) width left, then cut another 11 inches from the newly-cut edge, to give you two more strips for serging. If the fabric was 45 inches wide to start, this will be the case.
11) If there is not 11 inches of folded fabric, then (to leave the least wastage) short strips need to be cut across the fabric instead. Use rotary cutter and straight edge repeatedly to cut as many 11-inch strips in the other direction as possible.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING OLD CLOTH
1) Find the edge that appears to be the straightest. Line it up as closely as possible along one of the guiding lines on the cutting mat. Use the straight-edge and cut along the line. This edge should now be straight. This is similar to straightening the selvages as in Step 7 above.
2) Line this new straight side up along a guideline, and square off the ends as described in Step 4 above.
3) The rest of the procedure is the same as above.
STEP 3: SERGING - MAKING LONG STRIPS
1) Make sure to get instructions on the use of the serger before you begin. (Or, enlist the help of an expert!)
STEP 4: SERGING — MAKING A BANNER PANEL
1) Serge the long sides of the strips together in rainbow sequence (R_O_Y_G_B_P) to make one long panel. Remember right sides (with no serger stitching showing) together! Each colour strip of the finished panel should be about 10 inches wide.
2) Once you have each strip attached, you may realize that not all strips were the same length. With a rotary cutter and a straight edge, cut off the end of the longer strips so the panel has all colours the same length. If the end you cut off is more than a couple of inches, it is probably worth it to keep that fabric and incorporate it into the next strip of that color.
At this point you are done. If you have the interest and the time you can connect several of these banners together and make one really big banner as the Canadian youth did. Or, you can stick to your one piece of banner.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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