On to the best part of party planning — the decorations!
Even though I had planned to have an airplane themed party for Ethan months before the event, all my decoration ideas came to me last minute so I was literally up until 5:00am the night before crafting and sewing. And of course I didn’t finish. But I did manage to make a few decorative pieces to fit the theme. The party setup didn’t end up as dramatic as I wanted it to, but does a 2-year-old really care? No, not really. It was more for me, I think!
I used felt for everything. It’s so easy to work with. I had purchased a bunch of the small felt craft sheets at Joann.
I wanted to make a simple banner that was less time consuming than the fabric one I had put together a couple months ago. Using felt was the perfect choice. It was easy to sew and it didn’t fray. I traced the letters on the back of a heat n’ bond sheet and fused them onto white felt to cut out. The font is from here – it’s the same font I used for the fabric banner. Next, I cut out 28 rectangles (14 red and 14 turquoise ones) and 14 pieces of (decor bond) fusible interfacing, each about 4.5 by 5.5 inches in size. I sandwiched the interfacing between 2 rectangles and sewed the edges closed (by topstitching) with a small white rectangle enclosed at the top for the loop. It was super easy — no need to to turn the piece inside out! I then inserted a string of jute twine through each rectangle loop and voilà – there’s my felt birthday banner! Pretty snazzy, eh?
My next project was an airplane banner. I knew that this would be the most time consuming piece but I really wanted to hang a few airplanes and clouds up on the wall!
I had a small wooden airplane I had purchased from Michael’s a while ago for another project so I used that as a template to make my airplanes. I made three airplanes but needed to cut out double the amount of pieces because I added a layer of interfacing to make them firmer. The airplanes weren’t exactly the prettiest things from the back side, but they were being hung on a wall so it didn’t really matter. I did the same for the clouds – added some interfacing between two pieces of white felt. I sewed a small loop on the back of each piece to string the jute twine at the end. What do you think? Not so bad for making this banner last minute, right?
And finally, I made a simple bunting banner. The pennants were small – only 4″ by 4″. Again, I added interfacing to make them stiffer. I sandwiched the interfacing between two felt triangles and only sewed the top closed. I then sewed another line about 1 cm from the top seam to create a pocket for the string. That’s it! I got lazy and didn’t sew the edges closed around the triangle. But hey, it still looked alright from a distance when hung up!
I know I’ve said this before – banners make me so happy! They are festive and can really jazz up a space. They are a must for every party! It was definitely worth staying up for!