Monday, 29 June 2015

How To Make A Rag Banner Garland Photography Prop

Rag banners add a shabby decorative element to photo sessions.

You can use fabric of any colours to match your theme - and they are so easy to make!

You will need

At least 1 metre of cotton fabric  (cheap bedding sheets from a charity shop or boot sale are perfect!)
Length of twine as long as you want your banner to be

Step One

Measure how low you want your pieces of fabric to be from the twine downwards - then double it.  This is how long you need to make your piece of fabric. 

Step Two

Fold your fabric in half, then with your scissors, snip a cut on the fold however wide you want each of your strips to be.  You don't have to be too precise, the more random you can make them, the shabbier your banner will look.

Step Three

Get ripping!  Rip from the snip on the fold to the bottom of the fabric.
Because you've used cotton fabric, you will get lots of lovely fraying to each piece from the ripping.

Step Four

Place your folded strip behind the twine, then bring each end of the strip through the front of the loop.
This will create a knot that you can slide along the twine

Step Five

Repeat until you have enough fabric on your garland as you require.  You can easily space your strips along the twine to make it fuller or wider

Step Six

Happy shooting!

If you make a rag banner garland after reading my tutorial, I would love to see your images of it in use!  Post to my facebook page here 

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