Easy Peasy Pennant Banner Tutorial

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Easy Peasy Pennant Banner Tutorial

My name is Kelley, and I’m a Pinterest addict. My house is full of mason jars. I love subway art. I’ve started putting bacon in everything and wearing skinny leopard-print belts. But one of my most favorite pinterest trends is the pennant banner.

In my quiet moments before bed perusing Pinterest, I imagine myself throwing color-coordinated parties with tiny pennant banners on cakes, pennant banner photo booths, holiday and birthday pennant banners and making them to match my children’s bedrooms.

Of course, just like most reasonable people, I limited myself to fantasizing. Until I flipped through one of my favorite high end catalogs and saw this:

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And I knew the time to take action had arrived. I was madly in love, but I didn’t a. have the funds for this beautiful piece, or b. have a good place to put it. I live in a very tiny house and opulant mantle scarves just aren’t feasible.

So I went to my local Joann Fabrics with a purse full of coupons and left with:

  • 1/2 yard each of three fabrics that closely approximated the fabric in my inspiration picture (totalling 1 1/2 yards)
  • A package of bias tape (I chose orange, but black would have worked too)

That’s it (besides thread of course). It set me back around $5.00 between sales and coupons.

Pennant Banner Tutorial

Step 1. I cut out a triangle template. I used a regular piece of 8 1/2x 11 printer paper, drawing a line with a ruler from the center to the outer edges to make a triangle.

Pennant Banner Step 1

Step 2. I ironed the back of my fabrics (some had glitter on the front) so there were no fold marks. Since I’ll never wash this, I didn’t prewash my fabric.

Pennant Banner Step 2

Step 3. Using a quilting ruler and rotary cutter, I cut out my triangles. I folded my fabric over and cut out two at a time. (For the front and the back)

Pennant Banner Step 3

Step 4. I pinned the triangles together wrong side out.

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Step 5. Using a standard 1/4 inch seam allowance, I sewed the long sides of the triangles together, leaving the top open. Then I snipped the point so there wouldn’t be an excess of fabric and turned my triangles right-side-out and pushed out the point with a chopstick. Then I ironed them flat.

Pennant Banner Step 5

Step 6. I ironed my bias tape so there were no fold marks and pinned it to the tops of my triangles. I started from the middle of the bias tape and worked out so my banner would be even. Then I used a decorative stitch (both to make sure it was wide enough to keep the triangles in place and to mask my crooked sewing!) and sewed the triangles to the bias tape. I sewed the ends of the tape into loops for hanging.

Pennant Banner Step 6

And voila! I’m very happy with the finished product. My Darling Teen said “Wow Mom! You should make these and sell them on Etsy!”  Ha ha, he’s such a sweet guy. I am no seamstress, and my banner is DEFINITELY not Etsy-worthy, but it turned out super cute and you can’t beat the price! And it took me approximately two naptimes to finish. I have enough fabric left over to make my dog a wacky collar too!

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About Kelley

Hi! I'm Kelley. Real foodie and crunchy mom to a teenager and a toddler. My husband and I live in Southern California.