This beautiful Patriotic Garden Path Banner was inspired by the Garden Path quilt block I designed for the In Our Garden BOM.
It’s an easy to sew variation on a star block, making it perfect for the top of the banner.
This is such a quick and satisfying make!
Patriotic Garden Path Banner Instructions:
In place of the dark and medium grey fabrics called for in Garden Path Block pattern (available for purchase in my shop,) use a dark blue with stars novelty fabric or another patriotic fabric of your choice.
There’s no need to worry about cutting off those points. The block is designed in such a way that they are well outside the seam allowance.
For the red and white stripes:
Cut 4 red and 3 white strips 2¼” X 24½”.
Sew strips together using a scant ¼” seam allowance, starting and ending with a red strip.
You’ll end up with a piece that is 12 3/4″ X 24 ½”.
In order to make it 12 ½” to match the size of the block, trim 1/8″ on either of the long sides.
Note: Measure the red and white striped section before trimming. I must not have been completely accurate with my ¼” seams because I ended up with a piece that was exactly 12 ½” X 24 ½”.
Sew the Garden Path block to the red and white section.
Cut a piece of fusible fleece 12 ¼” X 36 ¼”. I used Pellon 987 Low Loft Fusible Fleece(<affiliate link)
Center the fusible fleece on the back of the banner and fuse in place. Cutting the fusible fleece slightly smaller, reduces bulk when the banner is turned.
Cut your backing fabric 12 ½” X 36 ½”.
For the hangers: cut a strip of background (blue star) fabric 3″ X 9″. Fold it in half length-wise and press. Open the strip up. Fold one long edge til it meets the center. Press along the fold. Repeat with the other long edge.
You have now created double fold tape to match the banner. Sew along the edge. Cut into 3 equal pieces.
Fold the hangers in half and pin to the right side at the top of the banner. The two outer hangers are placed 5/8″ in from the side with the third one being centered.
Pin the backing to the banner, right sides together. Sew around all four sides, leaving a 4″ opening at the bottom for turning.
Trim corners to reduce bulk.
Turn right-side out. Press well. Sew opening closed. Give it a final pressing.
Cut a 14″ piece of doweling (I used a plastic hanger.) Insert the doweling into the hangers.
Cut a piece of cording 20″ long, tie to the ends of the doweling.
Imagine this Patriotic Garden Path Banner hung on your front door:
Or in your backyard garden!
I love how it looks with the sun shining through!
I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did!
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Roseann M HamptonJune 25, 2017 3:52 pm
What a great banner! Pinning to make!
MarieJuly 3, 2016 12:07 pm
This is such a GREAT project! If I was an American it would definitely be on my TO DO list.
Kim B.July 2, 2016 7:07 am
This is beautiful, so graphic and cheery! Excellent for the 4th of July! Thank you for sharing.
MarianJuly 1, 2016 9:59 am
Love it, so fun and cute, I can see it would make a quick fun project..
KathleenJune 30, 2016 10:54 am
A question: Is there a particular type of fusible fleece you used? I have some that seems like it might be too puffy for a banner.
Super Mom No CapeJune 30, 2016 11:58 am
I replied by email but thought I’d reply here too.
The fusible fleece I used is a low loft fleece made by Pellon though I’m sure there are other manufacturers. It’s about 1/8″ think. I’m pretty sure I bought mine at Joann Fabrics.
But here’s a link to it online so you can see what it looks like: http://www.joann.com/pellon-fusible-fleece-bolt-white/529412.html
I like it for things like the banner because it’s softer than interfacing would be but still gives things a nice bit of structure.
Hope that helps!
I’ll go update the post. Thanks for asking!
KathleenJune 30, 2016 10:32 am
Love this!! Thank you!
RachelJune 30, 2016 8:17 am
What gorgeous banners! Well done!
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