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Patriotic Pinwheels {& Double Pinwheel Tutorial}

Pinwheels scream summertime fun and these patriotic pinwheels are perfect for all of the summer patriotic holidays.

Patriotic Pinwheels Tutorial
I have an insanely fun and simple project to share with you today!

Can you believe I’ve never made a pinwheel before? Nope, never.

I thought it high time to remedy that, and just in time for some 4th of July decor!

So follow along with me as I show you how I made some

Patriotic Pinwheels and share a simple Double Pinwheel Tutorial!

Patriotic Pinwheels supplies
I really wanted to make some pinwheels from fabric, but I thought I would practice with paper first.

Grab some fun double-sided scrapbook paper and cut it down to squares.

I cut mine into 6 and 4 inch squares.

Draw a circle in the center of your square to help you find the center.

Cut from the corner towards the center, but stop at the edge of the circle you drew.

Do this with each of the 4 corners.

Patriotic Pinwheels tutorial
Punch a hole (red arrows) on one side of each section you just cut.

The white lines represent the lines you cut in the previous step.

Also punch a hole in the center of the square.

Patriotic Pinwheels folding and binding
Begin folding the sections with the holes over the hole in the center of the paper.

>Hold the pinwheel together with a brad.

Patriotic Pinwheels
Cute, right? And so simple!

Patriotic Pinwheels paper
I made another pinwheel of the same size, but reversing the paper.

They are pretty adorable, BUT… could be a little more exciting.

Patriotic Pinwheels double pinwheel
But look what happens when you stack them on top of each other!!

I really love this!

To make this double pinwheel, you simply stack both pinwheels on top of each other, thread the brad through them both, and twist them so the ends don’t overlap one another.

Patriotic Pinwheels
This is another double pinwheel I made out of some other patriotic paper.

Patriotic Pinwheels how to
For the back, I used a paper straw that I smooshed (technical, right?), and punched a whole through.

Then simply thread it through the brad in the back of the pinwheel.

Patriotic Pinwheels
So fun!

Now to try it on fabric…

fabric Patriotic Pinwheels
I knew I wanted to use denim and burlap to make my fabric pinwheels.

My burlap is spray painted red and is pretty stiff so I would be able to easily manipulate it into shape and have it stay that way.

The denim is another story, so I attacked it with a coat of fabric stiffener.

Once the denim was ready, I cut both fabrics into squares, cut the corners, and punched the holes just as I did for the paper pinwheels.

lace on Patriotic Pinwheels
To get the “white” into my red, white, and blue fabric pinwheel I decided to add some lace to the fabrics.

Along the edges with no holes I laid down a strip of fabric glue (Beacon’s Fabric-Tac) then added the lace.

Patriotic Pinwheels
Follow the same procedure of folding the corners with the holes punched over the hole in the center of the square and insert your brad.

I decided all that inside out denim was kind of dull as the center of my pinwheel so I cut a star out of my red burlap, punched a hole in the center, and added it to the front of the pinwheel.

Patriotic Pinwheels
Unless you happen to have an extra long brad, you may not be able to thread it through the straw for the back because of the thickness of the fabric.

I opted to glue my straw to the burlap.

Patriotic Pinwheels finished

Patriotic Pinwheels
I ended up with 6 pinwheels total and set them up inside of twine-wrapped bean cans.

A little ribbon, a little bunting… and done!

Patriotic Pinwheels
I used some of my scrap paper to make the bunting as well as some scrap lace.

I’m loving how it turned out AND the fact I can leave it out until Labor Day!

I’m thinking a pinwheel garland may be in order now…

>> See where I party! <<

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Doxie C

Monday 1st of July 2013

I discovered your blog today and must tell you that I have LOVED everything I read!! You are incredibly creative and talented!!!

Love your gorgeous pinwheels!!! I can't wait to try your tutorial.



Wednesday 4th of July 2012

LOVE,love,love the pin wheels...great tutorial! Oh if I only had those papers right now !!!


Wednesday 4th of July 2012


jaime ♥ raising up rubies

Sunday 10th of June 2012

super cuteness! love the lace, and those straws! ♥

Lolly Jane

Friday 8th of June 2012

Loooooove this Michele!!! Soooo cute- would love to make some mini ones :) Featuring ya this weekend!! xoxo

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