Patriotic Pinwheels

Lately, I seem to have an obsession for making things out of fabric that are meant to be made from paper.  Actually, let’s change “obsession” to “interest.”  It sounds healthier.  My most recent is pinwheels. 

I went through a phase a few years ago where I would buy a quarter or half-yard piece, if a fabric interested me.  I’ve found it difficult to use some of those because whatever they seem right for needs more fabric.  The red and blue I used for this project were each one of those.  I don’t know how many times I pulled them off the shelf and put them back.  I loved them together, but never found the right place to use them…until now.

To make a pinwheel, you’ll need two pieces of fabric, each 6 inches square, and a piece of fusible web (like Wonder Under or Steam-A-Seam) the same size.

Iron fusible web to the wrong side of one fabric, remove paper and iron to the wrong side of the other fabric.  Trim edges to even up, if necessary.

Using a ruler, draw a line diagonally from each corner toward the center that’s 2 1/2 inches long.  Cut along all four lines.

Sew over all the edges using a short zigzag stitch, pivoting at the end of each cut and holding opposite corners out of the way.

Mark the center of the square.  Pull up one corner and push a pin through the back side, about 1/4 inch from the tip.  Skip the next corner.  Pull up the following corner and push the pin through.  Continue around the square.

Push the pin through the center of the square and into a pencil eraser.  Use pliers to bend the end of the pin down.  Obviously, this is decorative and not meant for the little ones to play with!

I love these!

Since I had a half-yard of each fabric, these didn’t make much of dent so I decided to make a banner to hang on the front of my fireplace.  My house was built in the seventies, so it needs help to feel pretty sometimes.

Cut two pieces of the blue fabric, each 6 inches by 37 inches and four pieces of the red, each 6 inches by 13 inches.  I didn’t want it to end up a plain rectangle, so I cut off the corners.  I hate to advertise my lack of math skills here, but I don’t know what the angle would be.  I just measured in 3 inches and cut from there to the corner.

Stitch on red piece to each end of the blue, making sure the angles match.  Repeat for the remaining pieces.  Press the seams.

With right sides together, sew the two pieces together, leaving one end open for turning.  Turn right side out.  Press, turning the open end in 1/4 inch.  Topstitch all the way around, close to the edge.

I have hooks on the underside of my mantle for Christmas stockings, so I sewed 6 plastic rings, spaced to match the hooks, on the back for hanging.

Make five pinwheels as above, but instead of a pin, stitch the center with a button on top.  Needless to say, these won’t be spinning.

Sew the pinwheels onto the banner, spaced as desired. 

I have a feeling the random-sized scraps I now have are going to be harder to use than the big pieces were, but I’m not giving up.  What else is supposed to be made out of paper?


9 thoughts on “Patriotic Pinwheels

  1. These are awesome, I’m going to have to try them! I just saw this post yesterday of “paper” airplanes being made out of fabric:
    Other things you could make that are “supposed” to be made out of paper?? Hmmm… You’ve already done the “cootie catchers” out of fabric… I suppose you could move on to other oragami… like the little jumping frogs, or the paper cranes… Whatever you try, I’m looking forward to seeing the results! 😀


  2. To someone special with tremendous writing skills and very
    beautiful, with precise abilities. It is beautiful!


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  4. I really liked these,my children and grandchildren are grown,but there is nothing wrong with making them for you…do whatever makes you happy,or donate them and give someone a smile


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