party people

We have two big parties going on in our house this month. The first will be this Friday to celebrate our oldest son turning 14. His actual birthday is today, so we have some smaller plans tonight. You might remember from last year’s party that he loves color. Last year I was able to find some awesome rainbow streamers, but this year no luck so I decided to make my own.

They are simple and much faster to make then they appear.
#1 Cut strips of streamers. I didn’t measure mine at all, I just cut about 12-15 inch lengths and set aside in large pile.
#2 Sit at your sewing machine with the pile nearby so you can easily grab as you sew. Take the first two strips of varying colored streamers and lay them on top of each other. Don’t worry if one is longer then another. Begin to sew them down the middle slightly pushing the streamers as they are sewn. This will create the ruffle look and takes very little effort to do. You just lightly push along. As you come to the end of the streams grab two more and overlap them with the previous streamers.
#3 Keep sewing until you have a n ice long chain. Snip all threads and wind up until your ready to hang.

Another reason I like these is streamers in general are thought of as disposable. They are thin, cheap, and rip easily. But when sewn like this the streamers become something you can use over and over again. The sewing/stacking/ruffling makes them feel real sturdy and thick. This would go even fast if you want to make a chain of two colors. Then you wont need to cut strips, just lay the streamers on on top of the other and sew, letting the ends unroll as your sewing.

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30 Responses to party people

  1. gwen says:

    i’m in love with this!

  2. oooh such a fun idea! thanks for sharing!

  3. Lisa says:

    Those are LOVELY!

  4. shannon says:

    These are fabulous! What a great idea. I totally want to make some in Halloween colors.

  5. Awesome! I wonder if you could use a ruffle foot too to create these?

  6. Sam says:

    i love those! what a great idea! i love sewing through paper – is it just me, or does it make you feel like a rebel? haha :)

  7. Amber says:

    BRILLIANT! These look GREAT! Can’t wait to see pix of the party this year. Corn maze on the menu again? ^_^ You’re so my momhero, your kids must have the BEST time growing up around you and your hubbs!

  8. ashleyd says:

    i can’t wait to see these hung!! amazing idea!

  9. Heather says:

    I LOVE this!! We are having a party for Wesley this Saturday (his birthday is Friday) and I would love to be able to do this for it!! If I can figure out a time, I will, but I’m not sure. Right now we are between houses and my sewing machine is at the new one while we are still living in the other one. Things have been so busy lately! If I can’t this year, I definitely will sometime. I know Wes would love it.

  10. treeathie says:

    Those are awesome!

  11. Summer says:

    Great idea! I love that they can be reused. I bet holiday colors would be great for Halloween, Xmas etc.!

  12. movie says:

    that was really funny! Make some more up!

  13. Amber says:

    What a great idea! Thank you for posting this!

  14. coryy says:

    Congratulations on being the mom of a 14 year old!

    Wow, you are some sort of mom overacheiver…my 9 yr old had his birthday in August, and he’s still waiting for the party ! (to be fair, it was the second day of school, and the week of the county fair, which we skipped school to be in, so it was a somewhat overscheduled week).

    I hope your son has a great birthday!

  15. karin says:

    got here this time thru link on twitter @craft, love the idea, the color and the reason, also the idea of keeping them for a next party, i’m all for recycling. have a great party and happy birthday to yr son! 14 is quite an age ;)

  16. liz stanley says:

    i’d love to see how you decorate with these! they look beautiful!

  17. Rachel says:

    WOW, these are GORGEOUS! What a fantastic idea, I just love the way this looks. Thanks so much for the amazing idea, I’ll be linking to this.

  18. Melissa says:

    Brilliant. Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. The coolest idea ever!

  20. dana says:

    AWESOME! Fabulous idea. I’m doing this!!!

  21. I did this tonight in yellow and orange for Halloween. I LOVE IT!! What a fun idea – and so easy! Thanks a lot.

  22. OMG–this is the BEST idea ever! I’ll be passing it along to all my friends. Thanks so much for sharing.

  23. karen says:

    ….very fun and cool!

  24. Darlene says:

    I love color too. This is a fantastic idea!!!

  25. Sara says:

    Really great idea, further incentive to get my sewing machine in working condition! Check out (parties or birthday parties category) for some more great party decorations!

  26. Ann-Margret says:

    I just made two of these. THAAAAAAAAANK YOU!!!! It’s my dad’s 70th birthday party in two days so it this was perfect timing. You’re right — they’re easy to make, and fun, too! I happened to have on hand the streamers that are made to change colour so it made it that much easier. For the second set, I tore off the first strip of colour on one streamer and tacked it onto the other end so the colour combinations would be different. Amazing project! :D

  27. This is a great idea, Heidi. My favorite ideas are simple, yet high-impact. Yay! Great idea. I would love to link to this from Dollar Store Crafts.

  28. Jess says:

    I am so making these for my sons birthday! Thank you! :D

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  30. nichole says:

    such a great project! thanks for sharing!