DIY: Fabric Pennant Banner

A lot of times my inspiration to do a craft project comes from materials I’ve gathered. This was definitely the case with this project. I bought this wonderful natural cotton Habu yarn the last time we were in Salem. I loved the muted colors and texture of this yarn. I don’t knit but I immediately imagined hanging something with it. I got the fabric at my new favorite fabric store, Gather Here. It came in a bundle of fat quarters but I loved the sunny colors and design on these three.

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The materials used for this project were my sewing machine, fabric scissors, pins, fabric, yarn, embroidery floss, and a pattern I made.

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The first step was to draw out all of the measurements so that I could create a pattern and get all of the specs correct. I measured the window frame in the office where I planned to hang my banner, it was 80 inches wide. So I drew up a little schematic: 80 inches total, with one pennant at exactly the halfway point at 40 inches, a standard space between each pennant of 2.5 inches, 4 pennants on each side from the center, with a total of 9 pennants and roughly 4 inches leftover on each end to allow for hanging.

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With my specs done and pattern cut out, I prepped my fabric by ironing it all.

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I knew that I wanted a double sided pennant with sewn edges. To create that I folded each piece of fabric in half width-wise, lined my pattern up on the fold, folded the fabric into thirds, pinned the pattern to the front, and cut out the fabric. Hopefully that’s not a confusing explanation but if so, I think the pictures will be clearer.

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As you can see, the triangle pennants have two sides. The next step was to sew them together!

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I used the zig zag stitch on my sewing machine to sew each side together. It’s a fun stitch that holds really well. I didn’t make a hem, or do anything fancy actually, because I didn’t want this to look too polished. I sewed up one side, pivoted at the end point, and sewed up the other side.

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I left about a half inch at the top of each side unsewn to string the pennants on the yarn later.

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After all the pennants were sewn up, I trimmed off all the excess string.

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When the pennants were all done, I laid out the yarn garland and each pennant to get a feel for layout and spacing.

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The next step was putting the pennants on the garland. The first pennant I started with was at the middle (the 40 inch halfway point) so that I could work outward.

One quick little trick I used to help thread the yarn through the top of each pennant was to gently push it through with the eraser end of a pencil. Worked like a dream!

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A lot of fabric banners I’ve seen online use a piece of fabric (or bias tape) at the top to sew each pennant to. Since I had this beautiful yarn I didn’t want to go with that style. I still needed a way to affix the pennants to the yarn garland though so they would stay in place/not slide around. I decided to give the top corners of each pennant a little knot dart with embroidery floss. Again, I hope the pictures are helpful to demonstrate exactly how I did this.

I lined the yarn up at the very top of the pennant and sewed through the corner from the back.

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I sewed one loop around and then tied it off in the back.

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I cut the excess floss very short on the back so that it would be barely noticeable.

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With the center pennant done, I worked my way outward, affixing each pennant to the yarn with 2.5 inches between them.

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When the banner was done I brought it into the office and called in the hubs for some help. He hammered two nails just next to the window frame and helped me hang the banner up.

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The finished product!

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I love it. It turned out way better than I imagined. The rustic edges paired with the soft cotton yarn garland give the banner the exact feel I wanted it to have. It’s festive, whimsical, and sweet. Plus, the bright colors really bring a lot of life to our office.

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Another picture from later in the day when I closed the shades:

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About Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.
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4 Responses to DIY: Fabric Pennant Banner

  1. janine rose says:

    Love this! And I LOVE the fabric!

  2. Dawn Marie says:

    I love this project. I cannot sew. So, you tell me when you are making them for sale. While I cannot sew, I am great at buying. The fabric you chose is great.

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