The only thing better than giving a handmade gift, in my opinion, is receiving one. A handmade gift takes a little pre-planning and a little time. I don’t give handmade as often as I’d like because I’m not the best at thinking ahead. When I do pull it off and the project actually turns out OK, it’s like a tiny victory. That’s the story with this pennant banner. I helped host a baby shower and wanted to make something for the baby’s nursery. This post is a sewing tutorial, but all you need are the most basic sewing skills to make this banner. Nothing fancy required.
Materials needed: template, various fabrics, 1 1/2 in. wide grosgrain ribbon or double wide bias tape plus basic sewing tools such as scissors, pins, iron, etc.
First thing to do is make your template. The easiest way I could figure this out was to just start with a piece of paper. I used copy paper so it measured 8.5 x 11 in. but any size paper would work…depending on how big you want your pennants. Fold your paper in half and then open it back up. Draw a line from the half point at the top to the left bottom corner. Repeat for the right bottom corner. Cut out the triangle.
Now it’s time to cut out your pennants. Mix and match your fabrics any way you like. If you are using scraps, trace and cut out the pennants randomly. If you are using new fabric, cut them out like I have pictured in this post on making a no sew burlap banner. For this banner, I made 12 pennants so I needed 24 triangles. With right sides together, using your presser foot as a guide, sew two triangles together leaving the shortest side open. Repeat with the rest of your triangles. Turn each triangle and press well. Trim the open end of each triangle so it’s straight.
Don’t worry too much about the points. They won’t be perfect but that’s OK. Remember this is handmade. To get them as pointy as possible, use a Dritz point turner (aff. link) or something similar. Just make sure the tool is not sharp.
Cut a length of ribbon or bias tape as long as your banner plus 30 inches. That will leave about 15 inches on each end so the banner can be easily hung. If using ribbon, fold it in half length-wise and press well.
Using your machine’s zipper foot, sew along the edge of the ribbon so the pennants are firmly attached. By using your zipper foot, you will be able to get the needle to sew neatly along the ribbon edge. Remove the pins as you go and if needed, pull the ribbon taut to avoid tucks or wrinkles.
There is something charming and fun about banners. If you don’t think they go with your style, you could add a seasonal banner. I recently spent some time on Pinterest and pinned banner ideas to my “Let’s S E W” board. You can see different ways to hang them and the different sizes that are possible. They look so nice on a mantel or above an open doorway.
If you don’t sew, never fear. I’ve got you covered! Click the yellow links below (red on mobile) for a few no sew banner options.
Quick reminder: Christmas in July continues until Thursday, July 30th. We are taking orders for Christmas clay tags and grain sack ornaments. Click HERE for more information and all the links.
I honestly can’t believe that July is almost over…but there is still a lot of summer left. I hope the sun is shining where you are and that your day is beautiful. See you soon!