What you needpaint chips in red, white and blue
cardboard to cut out a star-shaped template
sewing machine (optional)
double-sided tape for hanging
Here’s a snapshot of all the supplies you will need.
First you want to make yourself a star-shaped template out of your piece of cardboard. I traced one of Little Sweet’s star shapes from a foam puzzle, then tweaked the size a bit to fit 2 stars on each paint chip. You could also draw your own or print out a star shape from Photoshop.
You want the white line to be close to the widest part of your star since you’ll be sewing directly over that white line to give it some stability. Trace the star shape onto your paint chips and cut out as many as you want for your banner.
It’s time to sew now. I had more red and blue stars than white so I used a pattern of red-blue-red-blue-white, repeat.
There are a couple of ways you can sew these together as far as the spacing goes. I tried both and you’ll see my results in a minute. The first way is to line them up right next to each other as you sew so they’re close together and overlapping just a bit.
Or you can leave a small amount of space in between each star as you sew so they’re more spread out. You don’t want the gap to be too big because it will be more likely that they’ll flip upside down when it’s hanging.
I think I like the spread-out look better but the side that I made close together was definitely easier to hang. Can you see the difference?
While you’re sewing, be careful how the already-sewn stars fall since you don’t want a big jumbled mess when you’re done. Then find somewhere to hang your Star-Spangled (Paint Chip) Banner!
And you’re all done!