Don’t you just adore the retro pennant banners that have been so popular lately? There are dozens of tutorials on how to make them yourself and even more options to buy them if you are not the DIY type, or simply don’t have the time. Since we are all about DIY, we are offering our tutorial on how to make your own version of these adorable banners.
Rolling cutting blade
Cork-backed metal ruler
Assorted Fabric (1/2 yard of a 36” roll yields about 10-11 pennants)
Bias Tape (extra wide double fold)
Sewing machine & thread
I’ve been sewing for many years, but I’m not great at it. I can get the job done, I love it! and I do keep improving the more that I work on it. This was, however my first experience with the rolling cutting blade and WOW, I’m in love! As a designer who has put together massive quantities of material boards over the years and is super comfortable handling an exacto knife, this tool was natural to me. It also allowed me to be super effective with my fabric and have very minimal waste.
We have a local fabric store that sells a lot of their cotton blend type fabrics for $2/yard. This can be a very cost effective craft if you just wanted one or two alternating patterns. We choose 5, mostly because we love color and fabric and wanted to make several to hang around our trailer or craft tents.
Make a quick pattern from cardstock. Ours measures 7” across the top and 9” from the top center to the pennant point.
To cut your fabric, find a space with enough room to work and fold the fabric in half. Lay your pattern down and use the cork-backed metal ruler as your straight-edge guide and roll the cutting blade over it. There will be no overlap in cutting. One finished edge becomes the start of the next triangle. Since you folded the fabric in half, you are creating 2 triangles with each cut. (A front and back). Continue all your cutting until you have all your triangles cut, then you can put those tools away.
Next is sewing. I love our technique. We simply put the right sides face out and sew 2 of the sides with a stitch that resembles and over-lock type stitch. It uses a lot of thread, but looks cute! Choose any stitch you like. Even if over time, the edges fray, it can still look great. We leave the top unfinished since it will get tucked under the edge of the bias tape.
Once you have your triangles all sewn together, you can get ready to finish up by laying out 10 triangles per 3yd. length of bias tape. I center the first two with 2” between, then place them about 2” apart. Use 2 pins to hold in place. Finish by sewing a straight stitch to secure the pennants and complete your project.
This is so fun and easy! We’re making a Halloween one too. You can also get crafty and use other materials like old book pages or burlap. Have fun and if you make one, let us know!