DIY Fabric Pennant Banner Tutorial

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I’ve been working on various crafts for my daughter Tessa’s Winnie the Pooh themed Baby Shower, and I decided that while I’m at it I may as well post a DIY tutorial or two. First up? DIY Fabric Pennant Banners!

(Special thanks to my mom for allowing me to kidnap her and make her demonstrate these steps point by point while I took photos. When we were done I was like, “Look what I… uh… I mean.. you made!” Hahaha!)

Anyhow, banners are the quintessential kiddie party / baby shower / old timey go-to decoration. And they are so easy to make! I was amazed to see that these bad boys sell for upwards of $30 per 9 feet of banner of generic print on Etsy. Are you serious?! These are so laughably easy to make. Do not spend money on fabric pennant banners!!! Just don’t. Do this instead:

To Make You Will Need:

1/4 yard of each different fabric

Piece of cardboard or stiff card stock

Pencil

Pinking shears

Sewing machine

Twine

Bodkin (or safety pin)

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1. Pick out the fabrics, length and size of your banner. (For my banner, I used pastel Winnie the Pooh prints from Hobby Lobby, and decided to alternate between the yellow honey bees and the tan Pooh story page print.) You can make your banner as long or as short as you want. Likewise, the individual flags can be as large or as small as you’d like, using as many different fabrics as you fancy. It’s all up to you and depends on the overall look you’re trying to go for. Decide how long and how wide you want your flag to be, and then trace out the triangle pennant shape onto your piece of cardboard or card stock. This will be the pattern for your flags! Mine were 8 inches wide by 10 inches long.

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2. Using the pattern, trace multiple pennant flags on your fabrics. I should probably advise you to use a fabric pen or tailors chalk or something, but I’m lazy and I’ve found that a regular pencil works just fine. Trace each triangle next to one another, alternating up and down, so you don’t waste any fabric.

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3. After tracing the flags onto your fabric, cut each pennant out with pinking shears. Pinking shears are scissors that have sawtoothed blades instead of straight – they leave a zigzag pattern instead of a straight edge cut. They prevent woven fabrics from fraying easily. They remind me of little old ladies quilting blocks. A lot of people like to sew a straight running stitch along the cut edge to insure that the banners don’t unravel even with the pinked edges, but I seriously doubt my occasional hanging of these decorations will result in any real wear and tear. So I’m keeping it simple and leaving the edges raw.

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4. Fold the very top of each flag over and iron it to make the banner casing. Leave just enough room to feed your twine through.

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5. Sew the folded edge down. Do this with each flag. Snip the overhang on the edges so the sides are even and you have a perfect flag shape.

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6. Take your twine and feed it through the back casing of the flags using either your bodkin or a safety pin attached to the end of the twine.

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And that’s it!! You’re done! There’s nothing left to do but hang your banner! You can leave as much or as little space between the flags, depending on the look you want and how you’d like your banner to drape. I’ll follow up with some pictures of these cuties at my Baby Shower which is in.. ummm.. a couple hours. Haha! Happy crafting!

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

22 thoughts on “DIY Fabric Pennant Banner Tutorial

  • 27 July, 2013 at 4:17 pm
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    That is so cool! I’m going to have to give this a go for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party!

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    • 22 November, 2013 at 3:29 pm
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      Did you ever end up making these? Post some pics! I’d love to see!

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      • 22 November, 2013 at 5:13 pm
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        We bought all the material but ran out of time to do it 🙁 I still have it in my head to make them but as decorations around her doorway now.. I will definitely show pics 😉

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        • 22 November, 2013 at 5:18 pm
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          Hahaha, oooooh, trust me, I know how that go. I have a pile of projects that haven’t quite happened yet but are all ready to go! 😉

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  • 27 July, 2013 at 5:50 pm
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    Wow, flash back! When I was little, I remember coming across the safety pins my mother used when she cloth diapered my sis and I. The safety pins were shaped like the Pooh honey bees and were that same shade of yellow.

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    • 22 November, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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      I love love LOVE this fabric.. I’m trying to think up things to do with it now that Tessa is born…

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        • 24 October, 2014 at 2:55 am
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          Lol, I stink at quilting.. you have no idea, lol…

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  • 27 July, 2013 at 7:14 pm
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    Love this tutorial. Pennant banners are really big right now! Thanks for the post. – partydimetime.com

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    • 22 November, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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      Thanks!! And yeah, they seem to be “in”… even taking the wedding scene by storm!

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  • 23 December, 2013 at 5:56 pm
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    So cute! My GD loves Pooh bear. Thanks for stopping by the Brass Rag BTW, and may your holidays be joyous. Come back and see us again soon.

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    • 24 December, 2013 at 5:29 pm
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      Whats funny is, is half way through the planning / decorating, somehow everything about my daughter became “cat” themed. Being the crazy cat lady that I am, we got more kitty themed decor and clothing than Pooh Bear, haha. Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas!

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    • 2 September, 2014 at 4:14 pm
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      Ohh, post a photo of your finished product, I’d love to see it!

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  • 12 September, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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    I LOVE these! Planning to make a banner like this for my son’s 1st birthday — which is nine days, so I’ve got to get started. How many flags did you end up making (if you can remember)? Thanks so much:)

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    • 12 September, 2014 at 4:01 pm
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      I ended up making WAY MORE than we needed, lol.. I don’t remember the exact number, but we ended up shoving most of them under the tables since we ran out of places to string them! Haha..

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  • 14 October, 2014 at 9:57 am
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    I am so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Thanks for sharing this.

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    • 24 October, 2014 at 2:56 am
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      Sure thing!

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  • 20 November, 2014 at 3:44 am
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    Love this and it’s such an easy project to make! I would like to say that those who sell their banners on etsy for $30 aren’t being unreasonable. While the project may be simple, and the materials not always expensive, it isn’t outrageous to want to be paid for the time they spend making their products. Just my $.02.

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  • 9 May, 2015 at 7:35 pm
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    awesome idea, love it! just made one for my son’s 2nd bday party!! Thank you!

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