I love pennant banners. AKA buntings. AKA flags.
Whatever you want to call them…. I love them.
I think they are so cute and cheery and fun. I could put them up all over my house.
Unfortunately the hubs doesn’t quite agree. I made some that I hung up at Christmas for a couple of seasons but he complained endlessly about them. Okay, maybe not endlessly, but he didn’t like them much. Something about them being tacky? But how wrong is he!
Pffffttt I say.
Well, if you love pennant banners as much as I do, then I have a great tutorial for you today. I’m going to show you how to make your own really simple double-sided DIY Pennant Banner (aka “bunting”).
And if you can’t stand sewing, you could probably just sub in some no-sew hemming tape and get the same results. They are pretty light-weight, so hem tape should work just fine for this project.
These DIY Pennant Banners are perfect for a party, holiday, child’s room, nursery, craft space… the list goes on and on. And now you can make your own in a couple of quick hours.
To make these I used some quilting tools that I have (a cutting mat, straight edge, triangle shape, and my rotary cutter). I also used four fat-quarters of quilting weight cotton and some 1.5″ white grosgrain ribbon.
You could do this without these special cutting tools: just cut out a triangle shape in the size you want your bunting flags (remembering to make it big enough to allow for a seam allowance), and trace the shape onto your fabric then cut it out using regular fabric scissors. I just used the cutting tools because it made the whole process that much quicker.
To use the triangle tool, I laid it on top of my fabric and then used my rotary cutter to go straight down the edges. You can cut through more then one layer of fabric at a time this way. NEXT: (I don’t have any pictures of this step)…
This is the part where you lay your matching triangle pieces together – two “right” or good sides facing in on each other. Then whip around the long side edges (NOT THE TOP EDGE) with your sewing maching.
Now flip that little triangle inside-out so that your “right” or good sides are showing on the outside.
Repeat with all of your pennant triangles.
I used this little handy dandy crochet hook to help push out the tip of my triangles once I had flipped them right sides out.
I didn’t bother stitching up the top of the triangles, I just folded my ribbon over and pinned it (I used the iron to help me flatten it down) and then stitched along the ribbon with my sewing machine. I measured to make sure the distance between each pennant triangle was equal before I pinned the ribbon on.
To finish off the ends I just stitched up along them and then used my pinking shears to cut it off along the edge…Done!
This particular bunting banner was made as a birthday gift for my niece… but you may have seen the fabrics that I shared for my craft room yesterday?
Well, I will tell you that the quilting cottons on the right side of the picture are destined for a pennant banner for my craft room. I think it is going to be super adorable!! And by putting it up in there, I figure the hubs can’t complain, right??
This week is the Get Your DIY On Challenge Party: DIY for Spring!!
Check out what my cohosts came up with for this month’s challenge:
Spray Painted Owl Lamp at House by Hoff / Sweet and Simple Spring Wreath at Confessions of a Serial DIY-er / DIY Pennant Banner at The Happy Housie (you are here!) / Spring Herb Garden Pails at The Hankful House / DIY Industrial Standing Desk at Just a Girl and Her Blog
And for my fellow bloggers out there, don’t forget to come on back on Sunday to share your own DIY Project with us at the Get Your DIY On Challenge!